Football Prediction : Alphonso Davies is developing as the Canadian men’s soccer team’s Christine Sinclair.

How brilliant was Alphonso Davies in Canada’s 4-1 home win over Panama in a key World Cup qualifier on Wednesday night?

So outstanding, in fact, that Drake, a Canadian rapper, immediately sought out to Davies after the game.

“He just received a text from Drake.” Drake would like to meet with the [team]. Hopefully, he’ll be able to cross it off his bucket list tonight. “That’s the kind of performance [Davies] had,” coach John Herdman said after the game.

Davies is in high demand these days, and for good reason. One of Canada’s best athletes, the 20-year-old from Edmonton who also plays for Bayern Munich in Germany’s Bundesliga, led his side to a historic triumph. His man-of-the-match performance saw him score one goal and set up another, keeping Canada’s hopes of qualifying for the World Cup alive.

It also won him praise from his teammates and Herdman, who said Davies’ abilities and leadership reminded him of the best Canadian soccer player of all time — and he should know, because he coached her as well.

“Phonzie has a lot of clout in this group. “He’s a humble person, but when he talks, he reminds us of [Christine] Sinclair,” Herdman said, referring to the three-time Olympic medalist famed for her quiet but confident leadership of the women’s national team.

The heat was squarely on the Reds following their Saturday draw against lowly Jamaica, while Panama defeated the United States. These wins allowed Panama to jump Canada into third position – the top three teams in the eight-nation Confederation of North, Central American, and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) field at the end of the CONCACAF season next March qualify for the 2022 World Cup.

Canada sorely needed the win on Wednesday to move ahead of Panama and generate momentum ahead of a difficult pair of home games against Mexico and Costa Rica next month.

The occasion demanded that Canadians rise up in a major manner. They didn’t let us down.

A boisterous audience of 26,622 at BMO Field was treated to an unforgettable night, with Davies in the centre of it all. The Bayern Munich star was a one-man wrecking crew against the Central Americans, putting on a brilliant performance. With Canada behind 1-0 early on, Davies weaved his way through five Panamanian opponents with the ball glued to his foot, setting up the team’s first goal opportunity.

But Davies’ best was yet to come, as his magnificent individual performance helped Canada grab a 2-1 lead in the second half and then coast to victory.

Jonathan David attempted to shepherd a throw forward that was headed out of bounds, but Davies went on a lung-busting 20-yard dash from within his half to win the ball as Panama’s Harold Cummings tried to shepherd it out.

After picking the defender’s pocket with his trailing foot, Davies strolled into the penalty area, sidestepped defender Fidel Escobar, and beat goalkeeper Luis Mejia with a low strike that left the Panamanian standing like he was stuck in cement.

“I started building up speed, and then I simply committed to it,” Davies explained. “Because he has a bigger body than me, I figured he’d come with his body, so I attempted to slow down to prevent contact and keep the ball in.” When I did that, it was a [two versus one] situation, and I wanted to find [Buchanan], but I beat [Escobar] and told myself, ‘Just shoot the ball.’

“So, I fired the ball across the goalie, and I’m glad it went in.”

Davies’ sheer hustle, which resulted to the jaw-dropping score, left Canadian goalie Maxime Crepeau speechless.

“It was really cool.” A fantastic run. He is convinced. “He feels he has a chance,” Crepeau added. “I’ve seen a lot of amazing goals, but to make the stadium erupt was a tremendous moment for the country.”

Davies’ leadership was maybe just as essential as his highlight reel stuff. Since making his national team debut as a teenager in 2017, the kid has developed significantly, displaying knowledge much above his years.

Davies was not wearing the captain’s armband on Wednesday, but it didn’t stop him from setting fire to his teammates when necessary.

David had a fantastic chance on goal following a beautiful assist from Davies moments after Panama opened the score, but he passed the ball instead.

In the aftermath of that golden scoring opportunity, Davies had a short discussion with his teammate. The following time David was placed up inside the box by Davies, he didn’t hesitate and hit a shot that pushed Mejia into a spectacular save.

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