TORONTO (AP) — Panama has changed Iran as Canada’s opponent for a World Cup prep exhibition on Sunday in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The Canadian Soccer Affiliation introduced Iran because the opponent for the pleasant on Might 12, then canceled final week following criticism by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The brand new opponent was introduced Tuesday.
The Canadian authorities says 55 Canadian residents and 30 everlasting residents have been among the many 176 individuals killed when Ukraine Worldwide Airways Flight 752 was shot down on Jan. 8, 2020. The aircraft was shot by an Iranian surface-to-air missile minutes after taking off from Tehran.
Panama failed to achieve the World Cup, ending fifth in North and Central America and the Caribbean, one place under a playoff berth. Panama is ranked 61st, 40 spots under Iran, and beat visiting Canada 1-0 within the ultimate qualifier in March, after the Canadians had clinched their first berth since 1986.
Canada performs Curaçao at Vancouver on June 9 and is at Honduras on June 13, each within the CONCACAF Nations League. No. 38 Canada opens the World Cup Group F in Qatar in opposition to second-ranked Belgium on Nov. 23, performs No. 16 Croatia 4 days later and No. 24 Morocco on Dec. 1.
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