Canada 0-2 Belarus: Poor finishing sees Canada lose a not so friendly game.

Tosaint Ricketts. Not his best game this one. - Tom Szczerbowski

2 games 2 defeats in Qatar as Canada loses it's second game 2-0 to Belarus.

They all said beforehand they were expecting a more physical game from Belarus than against Japan, and that's certainly what Canada got as the 'friendly' ended with plenty of bookings, a red card to the coach and some handbags at the end of the game that belarus won 2-0.

Going by the tweets put out at the time and the highlights embedded below, it was a dull start to the game, Canada's best chance from a Marcel de Jong free kick which came close but was always going over the bar. Belarus scored first in the 29th minute, a free kick crossed in and headed home. It's difficult to see exactly who it was that let his man go for the unmarked header, the numbers on the back of the shirt really don't stick out that well, though I'm fairly certain it was Tosaint Ricketts. Whoever it was, not great defence.

The second half was all Canada (once the refs actually showed up, with plenty of crosses into the box that just didn't quite get to their man, or that did but that man (Johnson, and most egregiously Ricketts) headed over. The Belarus coach got sent off for arguing with the ref (about 2:40 in, if you can translate just what the coach is yelling at the ref, please let us know in the comments, I'm guessing it'd get the 'colourful' euphemism.) and there was plenty more pushing and shoving and some nasty tackles in the rest of the game.

Debutant goalie Tomer Chencinski didn't look good for the second goal, a ball played in to the box, he hesitated long enough to let the Belarussian get there first, then rushed out at the last minute to let the ball loop easily over his head, one he'd want to have back.

Then we get to the really disappointing bit of the highlights. It was described on twitter as a 'near brawl' but Max Bell clearly oversold it. A vicious, late and completely unnecessary tackle form behind brought a few players together in a minor scuffle, some handbags came out, Belarus' number 18 in particular looked ready to go, but ti all died down long before getting close to brawl status.

2-0 it ended, with Fonseca lamenting Canada dominating possession and deserving more, though he was happy with the commitment showed when things got feisty.

That's something I guess, hopefully he's seen something over these 2 games that will help with building for the Gold Cup and beyond. With just the highlights to go on, it's pretty much impossible to make judgements on anything really, so I'll leave it at that. Speaking of highlights, here they are, enjoy.

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