Canada on Wednesday played their way to a stunning 3-0 victory over El Salvador during their second home game in the final CONCACAF World qualifying round. And leading the way was Jonathan Osorio, who described the win as the result of one of the most meaningful games played by the side in a very long time.
Coach John Herdman, too, spoke of victory days for the team. Commenting on Wednesday’s big win, Herdman said winning – and especially at home – was what the team truly lived for. It meant a new connection with both country and fans, making the connection felt on the night only more special, explained Herdman.
The Shone On The Defensive
It was an evening of success for Canada all-round as they made their way to premium home points as well as a new position within only two points of current leaders Mexico on the Octagonal standings.
Canada’s lead came early on in the game, with strikes by Jonathan David and Atiba Hutchinson securing the way for a third during the second half by Tajon Buchanan.
The early lead saw the Canadians lead by two goals after only 11 minutes of playing time. The show was clearly theirs right from the onset, with Buchanan dazzling while Hoilett flicked passes as if they came effortlessly.
The Canadians also emerged star defenders – and this against an El Salvador that had posted a stunning 9 shutouts across 12 matches this year so far.
A Win That Was Meant To Be
While Canada had to make do without star defender and Bayern Munich star Alphonso Davies, who recently returned back home to Germany on injury-time, they still managed to make magic on the offence in all the ways that matter most.
For Hutchinson, it was goal number 8 while playing for Canada. The 38-year-old Turk earned his 88th cap on Wednesday, which places him only a single cap behind Julian de Guzman’s record of 89 for the Canadian side.
On the losing end of the proceedings, it would be El Salvador making desperate second-half changes for starting off on new footing. Canada however stopped short their attempts by adding yet another point to their lead during the 59th minute of the game.
While Canada’s rivals did manage to pose a threat during the 67th minutes, Canada ultimately emerged too strong and confident a team for the El Salvadorians to beat.