CanMNT wins 0-1 in Haiti thanks to a first-half Cyle Larin goal

CanMNT player Cyle Larin playing in an International Friendly against Jamaica in Toronto

CanMNT wins in Haiti 0-1 at Stade Sylvio Cator. Cyle Larin scored the game-winner for Canada in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. As a result, Canada got an important road win against Haiti. They are now in the driver’s seat for leg two, which will take place at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, Illinois.

CanMNT wins 0-1 in Haiti

Three keys to the game

Haiti did not take advantage of their chances

Both teams did not have many chances to score at Stade Sylvio Cator. However, Haiti did have enough chances to tie the game, mostly in the second half.

Their first chance came in the 7-minute, where Derrick Etienne’s shot from the right side of the box was just off-target. Carnejy Antoine then had a chance to score 26-minute, but his header was saved by Canadian goalkeeper Borjan.

Haiti was the better team in the second half though. Antoine gets a good chance has his shot was saved in the 53-minute. Their best chance came in the 59-minute, where Stéphane Lambese’s gets a header from the centre of the box.

It was an opportune time to score, but Lambese’s shot missed to the left and was off-target. They would get two more chances to score in the 83 and 90+1-minute, but both shots were off-target.

Cyle Larin’s goal the difference in the game

CanMNT was the better team in the first half. They had 61 percent of the possession and had an 85.5 passing accuracy percentage. These two factors meant that Canada had the advantage in the first half.

Canada would only get two chances to score in the first half. However, the Canadian men’s national team capitalized on their first shot on goal. Jonathan Osorio makes a terrific cross-pass to David, who shots the ball past Haiti goalkeeper Johny Placide.

After that goal, the Canadian men’s national team had golden opportunities to score in the 18 and 52-minute of play. In the 18-minute, Larin had a chance to score and the same in the 52-minute for Jonathan David.

Unfortunately, for Canada, the ball seemed to have gotten beneath them and had trouble getting a clean shot off. Those might have been their best chances to get a two-goal lead.

Canadian goalkeeping and defence stepped up

The Canadian defence was fantastic against Haiti. Even with Haiti being the better team in the second half, they only had two shots on goal. Haiti also had six of the 10 corners of the game. For example, in the 59-minute, Scott Kennedy made it difficult for Lambese to score in the 59-minute.

Antoine’s shot was superbly stopped by Borjan in the 53-minute. It was a fantastic stop and it showed that Borjan was determined to get the clean sheet no matter what it took. Borjan also made a good save on an Antoine header in the 26-minute. He also made a good play in the 58-minute to get to the ball.

Canada v. Haiti Game Overview

CanMNT wins 0-1 thanks to a Cyle Larin goal on the road. Also, the midfield played very well. OneSoccer analyst Kristian Jack pointed out both Stephen Eustáquio and Mark-Anthony Kaye.

Eustáquio played very well. This included intercepting the ball from Haiti and making a great pass to Tajon Buchanan. Kaye also played very well and Jack could see him being a player in the game against Haiti. There is also Osorio, who provided the game-winning assist.

Winning on the road against mid-top tier Concacaf teams has not happened that often for CanMNT. Now they have that experience of winning with this victory over Haiti. The pitch was quite rubbery, and it was not the CanMNT is typically used to.

Still, Canada got the job done. This is what the Canadian men’s head coach John Herdman said about the game against Haiti.

Leg one was always going to be tougher on the road as mentioned in the preview article. Canada should have a better game in leg two, in more favourable conditions. SeatGeek Stadium is a soccer-specific stadium and the Canadians are comfortable playing there.

Now Canada has a chance to make history. Leg two will be at SeatGeek Stadium, a soccer-specific stadium in Bridgeview, Illinois. The game will take place at 9:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday and it will be shown on OneSoccer.

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