Alphonso Davies has played a key role in getting Canada to the next phase of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. The Bayern Munich left-back scored four goals and registered five assists across four appearances in the first round of regional qualifying.
Davies was involved in at least one goal in all four of Canada’s victories. Davies continues to shine on the international stage for Canada as he has now scored nine goals in 21 appearances for the senior national team.
A big-time performance against Suriname
Canada had to finish atop their qualifying group in order to advance to the second round of qualifying. After winning their first three matches of the group stage, they had to face Suriname who had also been able to achieve victory in their first three fixtures. With only one team able to advance from the group, this was a must-win match for the Canadians.
Davies rose to the occasion and delivered a brilliant performance to help guide Canada to a 4-0 victory over Suriname. He was involved in three of the four goals as he teamed up with Lille forward Jonathan David to record two assists, which included a brilliant dribble into the penalty area in the 73rd minute to set up David’s second goal of the match.
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Davies makes history
According to Canada Soccer, Davies became the first Canadian player since 1996 to score in three consecutive World Cup qualifying matches in the same year.
Davies registered all four of his goals in the first round in matches against the Cayman Islands, Aruba, and Suriname. Although he didn’t score in the first fixture against Bermuda, he still managed to record three assists. The youngster will be hoping to continue his good form for Canada in the upcoming games.
By winning their group, Canada will now go on to face Haiti in the second round of CONCACAF qualifying. The winner will advance to the third round which will be a group comprised of a total of eight countries including regional powers Mexico, Costa Rica, and the United States. Canada has not qualified for a World Cup since 1986 but this group of players appears they have what it takes to possibly end the drought of participation in the World Cup.
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The two legs of the second round will take place on June 12th and June 15th. Haiti defeated Canada 3-2 in the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals which was a match in which Davies registered an assist. Davies will certainly be a factor for Canada against Haiti and he could once again produce a memorable performance for his country.