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John Herdman was leaving the stage when he was announced the player of the match would be next up to face the media. The recipient of Fifa's award left the Canada head coach
stunned. “Kevin De Bruyne is player of the game? Wow,” he said. If there was an insult, it was only to Canada.The Belgium playmaker was embarrassed to be singled out for praise
after Canada brought everything to their first World Cup appearance for 36 years except a clinical touch. His honesty, and Michy Batshuayi's ruthless finish, were the only
highlights of a worrying night for Roberto Martínez's team. “I don't think I had a great game. I don't know why I have the award, maybe it's the name,” admitted De Bruyne.
“We didn't play a good game, included me, but the good thing was we found a way to win.”Martínez claimed Belgium deserved victory – he was in a company of one – despite
conceding a journalist had a point when they asked whether this was his team's worst performance in a tournament fixture. “It depends what you mean by worst game,” replied
Belgium's head coach. “Technically, yes. But worst performance? No. We won, and you don't win by accident.” Belgium won thanks to Canada's profligacy, chiefly, and Thibaut
Courtois' commanding goalkeeping.Canada had 21 attempts on goal to Belgium's nine, but only three on target. One of those was an Alphonso Davies penalty and that didn't find its
way past Courtois either. Canada have now gone a record four games without scoring at the World Cup. Their achilles heel stood between a memorable night and an undeserved defeat.
“We showed that we belong here,” said the English-born Herdman. “I'm sure our fans walked away proud that we are a football nation.”Quick GuideQatar: beyond the
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began the World Cup in a trance. They looked dazed and pedestrian in comparison to an opponent that was a blur of energy and incisive movement in its all-white kit.Canada had
qualified for a first World Cup since 1986, and only the second in its history, with a fearless approach built on pace and a high press. They made no concessions in style against a