By Neil Davidson
Canada will face Belgium, Morocco and Croatia in Group F in the opening group stage of the World Cup in Qatar this November.
The Canadian men are ranked 38th in the world compared to No. 2 for Belgium, No. 16 for Croatia and No, 24 Morocco.
Canada was the last ball taken in the draw.
The Canadians drew France, Hungary and the Soviet Union as first-round opponents in their only other visit to soccer’s showcase — Mexico ’86. Canada lost all three matches and was outscored 5-0.
Friday’s draw had Canada in Pot 4, which featured the lowest-ranked qualified teams. Rules of the draw meant that the Canadians could not be put in a group with fellow CONCACAF qualifiers Mexico and the U.S.
The draw took place at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center with actor Idris Elba and broadcaster Reshmin Chowdhury as hosts.
The 32-team tournament runs Nov. 21 through Dec. 18.
Group F Match Schedule – Canada
Wednesday, Nov. 23 – vs Belgium
Sunday, Nov. 27 – vs Croatia
Thursday, Dec. 1 – vs Morocco
Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitter
This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 1, 2022.