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Qatar 2022: Canada reaches World Cup for first time since 1986


(Al Jazeera) Canada has qualified for the football World Cup for the first time in 36 years, after thoroughly beating Jamaica 4-0 in Toronto.

Goals from Cyle Larin, Tajon Buchanan, Junior Hoilett and an Adrian Mariappa own goal on Sunday secured all three points following a dominant performance against a Jamaica side already eliminated from contention in the CONCACAF region’s qualifying tournament for this year’s finals in Qatar.

The win sparked wild celebrations at Toronto’s 30,000-capacity BMO Field, where an expectant sell-out crowd had gathered to watch Canada clinch World Cup qualification for only the second time, having last appeared at the 1986 Mexico tournament.

Canada’s English manager John Herdman – who took over the men’s team in 2018 after a successful stint in charge of Canada’s women’s team – said the qualification was proof that Canada was a “football country”.

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