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Canada chasing World Cup place for first time since 1986

Canada have only ever qualified for one World Cup – the 1986 edition in Mexico. They are hopeful of changing that fact in Russia in 2018.

In 1986 they were the laughing stock, finishing last in Group C and failing to score a goal. Since then it’s been a miserable existence, with a surprise victory in the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup being the only bright spot.

After swiping aside Belize 3-0 in the first leg of third round playoff on Friday, they will be hopeful of getting the job done tomorrow night at the FFB Field in Belmopan. It wont be easy – Canada haven’t won a World Cup qualifier in Central America since 2004.

An aggregate win would see them move into the fourth round and join either Honduras and Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama, or the United States and Trinidad and Tobago in a round-robin knock out.

The top two from each group of group of four go through to the final round – the infamous CONCACAF hex.

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