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It’s another huge game for Les Rouges.

Mexico v Canada - Concacaf 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images

FT - a nil-nil draw means 2 points on the table.

94’ - SAVE! CREAPEU! but Canada needs to defend the corner.

92’ - SCRAPY.

90’ + 3’ - Mannnn, this is a missed opportunity, isn’t it? Corner for Canada.

89’ - CANADA SUBSTITUTION -

Oh my GOD - I know Shaffelberg is on ...

88’ - Canada concedes a corner. Heavy legs out there. Jamaica fluffs it. No worries.

84’ - Sloppy, Sloppy play from Allstar Johnston there.

81’ - CHANCE! JAMAICA! Roof ...uh...roofs it.

80’ - Cornelius does Cornelius things.

74’ - TRIPLE SUBSTITUTION - JAMAICA:

73’ - CHANCE! CANADA! JUST WIDE! a header from Eustaqio.

69’ - DOUBLE SUBSTITUTION - CANADA

Eustaquio for Kaye and Wotherspoon for Millar

65’ -

64’ - Updates from the thread:

61’ - CHANCE! MILLAR denied by Blake on a clear chance!

59’ - This is a gauntlet of crap.

54’ - Perchance some subs?

50’ - Back and forth counters with zero joy. Canada is saved by the post.

47’ - Great first few minutes of the 2nd half. Phonzie oh-so-close off a free kick.

HT thoughts - FREE SHAFFELGOD

45’ + 2’ - 2’ Extra Time awarded in the first half.

45’ - a bullish game calls for a bulldog.

43’ - Lack of sharpness on both ends.

37’ - a flurry of action sees Allstar Johnston save our bacon.

34’ - Getting nervy out there on the literal cow pasture.

28’ - Phonzie goes down and a Nation holds it’s breath.

25’ - UPDATE FROM THE USMNT-PANAMA MATCH:

23’ - CHANCE! JAMAICA OFF A FREE KICK.

22’ - There have been a few yellows against Jamaica, but here’s the first for us:

20’ - CHANCE! CANADA! Henry is on the end of a volley and he skies it.

19’ - Millar earns another corner kick. Kid has some wheels.

15’ - CHANCE! CANADA! Millar takes an extra touch and Davies is wide on his shot inside the box.

13’ - Still open, the midfield on either side is loose and error-prone.

10’ - A duet or corners for Canada. No joy.

8’ - Cagey affair on a narrow pitch.

1’ - We are off ...

5:54PM - Getting closer.

5:44PM - WTR twitter asking the big questions:

5:38PM - BUTTERFLIES!!!

5:08PM - LINEUPS ARE OUT! Use this embeded tweet to cop all the hashtags for tonight!

4:41PM - France win! 2-1 over Spain.

4:17PM - 1-1 now. 73’

4:00PM - Bit of a cagey Nations League Final. 0-0 in the 57’

3:23PM - Yeah I pubbied early. #teamchaos


LINEUPS:

CANADA:

JAMAICA:


PREVIEW c/o Anthony Khoury

Following a memorable night in Mexico City, Canada will have their sights set on continuing to ride the momentum of their bright start to the Octagon when they visit Jamaica on Sunday evening.

With one win and three draws from their first four games, John Herdman’s men have established themselves nicely amongst CONCACAF’s regular WCQ hopefuls. As their fear factor continues to grow, Les Rouges continue to take all the right steps on their journey to the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Their next hurdle: a meeting with a Jamaica side that already has some ground to make up. Kickoff at Independence Park in Kingston is set for 6:00 pm EST, with the game available to watch on OneSoccer and Sportsnet.

That night at the Azteca was yet another benchmark for this thrilling Canada team that has continued to turn heads over the last several months. Toronto FC’s very own Jonathan Osorio bagged not only his 55th career goal for club and country, but also the first CanMNT goal at the Azteca since Gerry Gray in 1980.

Osorio’s strike was Canada’s sixth in their four opening games of the Octagon. Cyle Larin remains Les Rouges’ top scorer so far with the two goals he grabbed against Honduras and the USA respectively.

Buoyed by a performance for the ages, Canada will head into their six pointer against Jamaica with hopes of inflicting a blow on the Reggae Boyz’s hopes of propping up the table.

Two second half strikes from USMNT sensation Ricardo Pepi downed Jamaica in a 2-0 win for Gregg Berhalter’s men at the Q2 Stadium in Austin, Texas. A third defeat in four leaves Jamaica bottom of the Octagon with just one point from their matchday three draw with Costa Rica.

The current basement boys may be down, but they’re definitely not out. A win for them on Sunday would see them move two points behind Canada, but on the other hand, the Reggae Boyz could lose more ground on the pack above them should they fall to a fourth defeat of the campaign.

As we get deeper into the Octagon, yellow card accumulation is beginning to become a problem for each nation, with Canada set to miss three crucial players for their clash with Jamaica. Richie Laryea, Tajon Buchannan and Steven Vitória are on Canada’s suspension list after the trio were each shown their second yellow cards of the Octagon against Mexico.

On the injury front, Lucas Cavallini is still in Vancouver on the road to recovery, while Atiba Hutchinson and Larin are both still dealing with their own injury problems.

In some positive news, Junior Hoilett and David Wotherspoon will both link up with the squad in Kingston after being unable to travel to Mexico from the United Kingdom due to quarantine requirements.

For the home side, Alvas Powell hobbled off injured in the final few minutes of Jamaica’s loss to the US, making the Philadelphia Union defender a major doubt for the Reggae Boyz.

Toronto FC fans can also look forward to Osorio (and maybe Jacob Shaffelburg) going up against club teammate Kemar Lawrence, who has featured prominently for Jamaica during the early stages of the Octagon.

Sunday’s clash will be the 22nd meeting in history between Canada and Jamaica. Les Rouges have recorded nine wins since the two nations’ first matchup back in 1985, with their latest victory having come in their most recent fixture.

Goals from Osorio and Anthony Jackson-Hamel steered Canada to a comfortable 2-0 friendly win over their CONCACAF rival back in September 2017. A 16-year-old Alphonso Davies was also sent off in that game shortly after coming off the bench in the 70th minute.

Jamaica’s last win came a few prior to Canada’s friendly victory, as strikes from Shaun Francis and Romario Williams handed Jamaica a 2-1 quarter-final triumph to knock Les Rouges out of the 2017 Gold Cup.

Ahead of a must-win game, Herdman will know that three points on the road against Jamaica may arguably one of the biggest steps Canada takes towards their journey to Qatar. With both sides dreaming of a first FIFA World Cup berth in the 21st century, it is safe to say that Sunday’s has all the ingredients to be an enthralling encounter between two sides with a lot to prove.


Predicted Lineups:

Jamaica: Blake; Brown, Lowe, Mariappa, Lawrence; Williams, Watson; Decordova-Reid, Magee, Lowe; Gray

Canada: Crépeau; Johnston, Henry, Miller, Adekugbe; Eustáquio, Kaye; Hoilett, Osorio, Davies; David