TORONTO, Canada—The Canadian men’s national team are off and running at the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup, as Canada defeated Caribbean island Martinique ____ to open up the tournament.
All of the talk this week heading into this one was on the absence of superstar wingback Alphonso Davies, who returned to Bayern Munich after picking up an ankle injury. Specifically, may wondered who would be the one to step up in his absence?
Well in this match, it was New England Revolution youngster Tajon Buchanan taking the reigns, as the 2020 Canadian Youth International of the Year was a constant threat down the left-hand side right from the get go.
After Martinique surprisingly opened the scoring before Cyle Larin tied the game, Buchanan would put his blistering pace on full display, storming down the left hand side, breezing by his defender before delicately setting up Toronto FC’s Jonathan Osorio at the top of the six-yard box, who made no mistake to give Canada the lead 20 minutes into this one.
And Buchanan wasn’t done there.
Minutes later, the pacey wingback made a nearly identical run forward, taking his defender on 1v1 before once again picking out the right pass in the middle. The ball would eventually be tee’d up for Stephen Eustaquio and the Leamington, Ontario native would ease it into the net for his first as a member of the Canadian national team.
Martinique have no answer for Canada’s No. 12 pic.twitter.com/bG1FUj2bJB— Waking the Red (@WakingtheRed) July 11, 2021
The score would remain 3-1 until the 90th minute, as another young and up-and-coming star would put the finishing touches on this one. Wolverhampton teenager Theo Corbeanu, who entered the match in the 75th minute, would get on the end of a Lucas Cavallini cross and tap home for this second in a Canada shirt.
The 19-year-old’s celebration may have been even nicer than his goal.
The game would finish 4-1 as Canada are off and running at the Concacaf Gold Cup!
Up next, Canada will take on Haiti on the Thursday night in their second of three group stage matches. The two countries recently locked horns in World Cup Qualifying, where Canada got the better of their opponents to advance to the final eight. Expect Haiti to come out with a bit of a vengeance in this one. As always, you can catch the game on OneSoccer.
We’ll update this story later with quotes from Canada head coach John Herdman as well as a few players.