Bayern Munich: Alphonso Davies stars for Canada in massive WCQ result

Bayern Munich left-back Alphonso Davies was in fine form for Canada against Mexico this week (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
Bayern Munich left-back Alphonso Davies was in fine form for Canada against Mexico this week (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images) /

The FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign for Canada has gone very well so far and Thursday’s draw against Mexico was the latest massive result. Among those who helped Canada achieve this important point in Mexico was Alphonso Davies. The Bayern Munich left-back registered a fantastic assist in the 42nd minute to set up Jonathan Osorio for Canada’s lone goal of the match.

This was the first time in 41 years that Canada was able to earn a point in Mexico. The last time they earned a draw was in 1980 and that match finished by the same scoreline of 1-1. Canada is looking to make their first appearance in the World Cup since 1986 which was held in Mexico. Since then, they have had some regional success such as winning the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup. However, a place in the World Cup group stage has remained elusive.

With the draw against Mexico, Davies and Canada move into third place in the group of eight CONCACAF nations vying for a spot in the World Cup. The top three countries automatically qualify for the World Cup while the fourth-placed country will play in an intercontinental playoff to determine if they move on.

Another strong performance from Davies

In addition to his assist, Davies recorded three key passes, completed three successful dribble attempts, and recorded two tackles in the 1-1 draw. No other player on the pitch was able to equal the number of key passes Davies was able to register. The Bayern player was certainly one of the top offensive performers of the match. (Stats courtesy: Sofascore)

Davies’ assist on Thursday night increases his World Cup qualifying assist total to seven. He recorded five in the previous qualifying round and has added two more in the final round. His career assists total for the Canadian Senior National Team now stands at 15.

Both of Davies’ assists in the final round have come against the regional powers of Mexico and the United States. In those two fixtures, Canada earned a point on the road which could prove to be pivotal results when all is said and done. Needless to say, Davies has risen to the occasion for his country in the big matches of the qualifying campaign.

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Next up for Davies and Canada are two more fixtures in the October international break. On Sunday, they will play Jamaica who is currently in last place in the group of eight. A few days later they will face Panama in what will be another crucial fixture in the qualifying campaign. Expect to see Davies making an impact in these remaining matches.