Cyle Larin Helps Canada Win World Cup Berth
Not even illness proved a match for Cyle Larin during the 25 second-half minutes spent on the field for the game between Canada and Costa Rica on Friday.
While Larin had arrived in a state of not even well enough to eat, he ended up putting on a strong performance on the night.
Then on Tuesday night at Commonwealth Stadium, he played a record-tying game. His two-goal performance carried the Canadians forward to a 2-1 victory over Mexico in a match that saw them qualify for the World Cup. What’s more, Larin also helped position the team at the very top of their CONCACAF World Cup group.
Team Effort, Says Scorer
Tuesday’s win means Canada will make it to their first World Cup appearance since 1986. What’s more, they’re now at a strong 4-0-4, which is one point up on the US, two up on Mexico, and two up on Panama.
The top three teams automatically qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, while the fourth-place finisher will get a final opportunity to qualify by means of an intercontinental Playoff.
But Larin’s performance on the night, while crucial for Canada, is about more than catapulting his country to a World Cup birth. His two goals also gave him 22 scores for national side, meaning he’s now officially tied with Dwayne De Rosario as the top men’s goal-scorer in the history of Canadian soccer.
Larin said after the game although he’s more than happy to tie the big achievement, and even about the possibility of soon beating it, none of anything would have been possible without the support and collaboration of his teammates.
Larin The Brightest Star
Larin’s first goal against Mexico came after a skipping shot from Canadian defender Alistair Johnson got knocked in his direction. Unlike his teammate, Larin made no mistake shooting for the target.
Then, seven minutes into the second half, Larin ended up striking again as he placed a perfectly footed homer past Mexican goal-keeper Guillermo Ochoa.
Tuesday’s game wasted no time launching into a frenzy of fouls. A whopping total of 23 were committed during the first half, with more than half called on Mexico.
Referee Mario Escobar showed yellow cards to both teams in the first 45 minutes.
Still, the Canadians managed to hold the Mexicans to a zero-performance until the very last and dying moments of the game.
The Canadians played their hearts out on Tuesday, said star starter Atiba Hutchinson after the game. Knowing full well just how important the game would be for Canada, Hutchinson everybody gave it all they had in order to make a statement.