Nigerian fans took no prisoners as they watched the Belgians laboured to a narrow win over the Canadians
Belgium began their 2022 FIFA World Cup campaign with a slender 1-0 win over Canada in a Group F clash in front of 40,432 spectators inside the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium.
In a match with several highlights but few goals, Belgium would consider themselves lucky to claim all three points against the dogged Canadians.
Canada enjoyed most of the ball possessions and won a penalty in the early minutes, only for Bayern Munich defender Alphonsus Davies to miss the resultant kick.
The Concacaf representatives could have had two more penalties in the first half. Still, Axel Witsel and Eden Hazard had the referee and the linesman to thank for overlooking their errors.
And former Chelsea man Michy Batshuayi made Canada pay for their missed chances, scoring what turned out to be the winner – his 29th goal for his nation – shortly before the halftime break.
Nigerian-born defender Samuel Adekugbe came off the bench to make his World Cup debut for Canada, but former Super Eagles’ interest Ike Ugbo did not make it to the pitch.
But despite Canada’s best efforts after the break, Belgium held firm for their first win in Qatar.
Nigerian fans reactions
Several Nigerian fans, however, vented their frustrations with some players’ displays on the social media website, Twitter.
One of the players who received a lot of flaks from Nigerians was Eden Hazard.
While Hazard was nowhere near his best version, Belgian captain still delivered a decent performance.