BRADENTON, Fla. — Lucas Cavallini scored twice and Alphonso Davies, Cyle Larin and Jonathan David added late objectives off the bench to assist Canada clean Aruba 7-0 in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying play Saturday, setting the stage for a showdown Tuesday towards Suriname.
Coach John Herdman elected to relaxation his big-name gamers for the Group B decider towards Suriname with Davies, David, Larin and Milan Borjan stored out of the beginning 11 Saturday.
Bayern Munich’s Davies and Lille’s David got here on within the 66th minute, with Canada up 4-0.
David and Davies mixed for Canada’s fifth purpose within the 78th minute with the 21-year-old David enjoying supplier, sending the ball to the 20-year-old Davies whose arduous shot from a good angle went off a defender en path to the purpose. It was Davies’ eighth purpose in 20 video games for Canada.
Besiktas’ Larin, who entered within the 72nd minute, completed off a David feed within the 87th for his thirteenth Canada purpose to make it 6-0 after a turnover by Aruba goalkeeper Eric Abdul. David then scored himself two minutes later, dancing via the defence earlier than slotting dwelling a left-footed shot. It was David’s twelfth purpose in 13 video games for Canada.
The Canadians began slowly however step by step discovered their rhythm and scoring contact towards an Aruba aspect, which at No. 205 is 135 locations under Canada on this planet rankings. And Aruba was swamped when the celebrities got here on late within the recreation.
Junior Hoilett and Zachary Brault-Guillard additionally scored for Canada, which led 3-0 on the half on the IMG Academy.
Canada has outscored its opposition 23-1 in its three World Cup qualifiers to this point, albeit towards groups within the decrease echelon of CONCACAF.
The win means Canada (3-0-0) wants solely to tie No. 136 Suriname (3-0-0) to win Group B and advance to the second spherical of qualifying within the area masking North and Central America and the Caribbean. The win over Aruba gave Canada a greater objectives distinction than Suriname, that means Herdman’s crew has the sting within the first tiebreaker.
On condition that situation and the quick turnaround between matches, Herdman primarily ready two totally different groups for the Aruba and Suriname video games.
Suriname blanked No. 168 Bermuda 6-0 on Friday in Paramaribo.
Canada’s beginning 11 got here into the match with a complete of 110 caps with 48 of these coming from Hoilett and Cavallini. Goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair and fullback/winger Tajon Buchanan each made their senior debuts.
St. Clair was a digital spectator for a lot of the match.
Hoilett, who wore the captain’s armband on his thirty first birthday, went down within the thirty second minute and was changed by Brault-Guillard, who was a part of the 11-man taxi squad Herdman referred to as into camp to bolster his unique 24-man roster. Cavallini took over as skipper.
Canada had by no means performed Aruba earlier than on the worldwide ‘A’ stage.
Saturday’s match was formally an Aruba dwelling recreation however was moved to Florida because of pandemic-related journey restrictions. Canada’s recreation towards Suriname is a Canadian dwelling match however will likely be performed in Bridgeview, Ailing., for a similar causes.
Canada threatened early with centre again Steven Vitoria’s header off a nook going simply over the crossbar. However Aruba settled down, dropping again on defence to take in the Canadian assault.
The breakthrough got here within the seventeenth minute with Cavallini’s header beating Abdul off a advantageous cross from Mark-Anthony Kaye.
Three minutes later, Hoilett transformed a penalty kick after Marlon Perreira, unable to get out of the way in which of a Liam Millar shot, was referred to as for handball. Abdul stopped a Millar shot that bought via within the twenty seventh minute.
Cavallini made it 3-0 in first-half stoppage time, tapping dwelling a advantageous low cross from Buchanan. It was his sixteenth purpose in 20 video games for Canada, tying him with Alex Bunbury for fifth on the Canadian males’s all-time scoring checklist.
Cavallini, who performs for the Vancouver Whitecaps, has 5 objectives in his final two video games for Canada.
Brault-Guillard made it 4-0 within the forty ninth minute, opening his scoring account for Canada with a highlight-reel purpose. The CF Montreal fullback turned a defender within the penalty field and hammered a excessive shot dwelling.
Abdul was referred to as into motion once more within the 59th to cease a tough shot from David Wotherspoon.
Canada opened qualifying play in late March, dispatching Bermuda 5-1 and the 194th-ranked Cayman Islands 11-0.
Aruba defeated Cayman Islands 3-1 on Wednesday. Beforehand it misplaced 6-0 to Suriname and 5-0 to Bermuda.
The Group B winner will advance to a second-round playoff towards the Group E winner, probably No. 83 Haiti or No. 147 Nicaragua, in a home-and-away playoff June 12 and 15 to find out who advances to the eight-team ultimate spherical of CONCACAF qualifying.