VIDEO: Alphonso Davies scores Canada's first ever men's World Cup goal

Jude Summerfield
Davies scored Canada's first ever men's World Cup goal
Davies scored Canada's first ever men's World Cup goal / Claudio Villa/GettyImages

Canada were pretty unlucky not to get anything against Belgium in what was their first World Cup game since 1986.

Alphonso Davies, however, was one of the main culprits in their defeat to the Europeans, missing a penalty before Michy Batshuayi struck in opportunist fashion to give his side all three points.

There are still hopes in the Canadian camp that a last 16 spot remains attainable and they made the best start possible to their second game against Croatia.

Thankfully for the North Americans, Davies had his shooting boots on at the weekend, though he didn't need them to open the scoring. In just the second minute of Sunday's game, Tajon Buchanan curled in a cross towards the Bayern Munich speedster, whose run lost opposite man Josip Juranovic, to power in a header.

Canada's record at their only previous World Cup is well known. They failed to score a single goal in that 1986 tournament and, not being the biggest football nation around, had to wait another 36 years before getting another crack.

It wasn't to be against Belgium, but Davies' header wrote his name in history, becoming the first male player to score for Canada at a World Cup.

Victory over Croatia will help Canada as they look to progress to the last 16, though a comeback win for Luka Modric and co. will knock John Herdman's side out.