TORONTO, Canada—Inject that headline into our veins!
The Canadian stars shone bright Tuesday night as Jonathan David scored three times, while Alphonso Davies opened the scoring as the Canadian men’s national team are off to the second round of World Cup Qualifying after a massive 4-0 win over Suriname in Bridgeview, Illinois.
After both teams had chances early in the first half, with Suriname hitting the crossbar before Toronto FC fullback Richie Laryea smashed one off the post, Canada would open the scoring in the 37th minute.
Who else, but Davies—picked out by David—would find his way in behind the Suriname defence, using his pace to secure his position, before calmly slotting home.
He appeared to be clipped on the play, resulting in a bit of an injury scare, but Davies would shake off the knock and return to the match shortly after.
In what was a rocky 45 minutes, Canada would be happy to enter the break leading by just one, however, the second half was a completely different story.
Twelve minutes in, Davies would return the first-half favour to David, with a beautiful through-ball into the path of the talented striker, who would make no mistake with the finish to put Canada up ahead by two—and the Lille striker wasn’t done there yet.
Davies ➡️ David =— Waking the Red (@WakingtheRed) June 9, 2021
Alphonso Davies repaying the favour like a good Canadian pic.twitter.com/QI8PSOml1D
Fourteen minutes later, David would once again link up with his partner in crime Davies, who did most of the heavy lifting on this third goal. The Bayern Munich star would drive at the two Suriname defenders, somehow getting past them both, before cutting the ball back to David who finished clinically for his second of the night.
Some magic from Phonzie before the cool finish from Jonathan David pic.twitter.com/hvDWi7AEH1— Waking the Red (@WakingtheRed) June 9, 2021
Before the night was done, David would cap off the magical evening for Canada with a fitting hat-trick as Lucas Cavallini was taken down in the box, setting up a penalty shot. It would be David stepping up to the spot, slotting home his third goal of the night, making it 15 goals in 14 games for the Canadian phenom.
The match would finish 4-0 as Canada (4-0-0) would finish with 12 points atop of Group B ahead of Suriname (3-0-1) to advance to the second stage of World Cup Qualifying where they’ll take on Haiti in a two-legged tie, beginning this weekend.
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- Toronto FC midfielder Jonathan Osorio also played a pivotal role for Canada in this match, going 66 minutes before being subbed off. It was Osorio’s first appearance since leaving in the 55th minute against Orlando City SC with a leg injury.
- 24-year-old centre-back Scott Kennedy made his first-career appearance for Canada tonight, helping the team keep a clean sheet.
- Alphonso Davies now has 12 assists for the Canadian men’s national team, tied for all second all-time and one back of Dwayne DeRosario.