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'Snowbank Celly': Following Canada's win over Mexico, party starts at Iceteca

Last Updated Nov 17, 2021 at 8:15 am MDT

Canada's Alistair Johnston (2) parades the flag to celebrate the win over Mexico during World Cup Qualifiers in Edmonton. (Jason Franson/CP)

Through 90 minutes, Canada sent a message to the 10th ranked team by FIFA, as they came away with a crucial three points against Mexico and took the top spot in the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying standings.

Before the match was even played, there were concerns with temperatures dropping to minus-8 degrees for kickoff and the grounds crew working hard to remove the snow at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton. Fortunately for Canada, the match was played and the snow didn’t factor into the conditions on the pitch — but it did provide a heritage moment.

The match had its fair share of drama, especially in injury time, where the tension reached a new level as Mexico cut Canada’s lead to 2-1. Then it was goalkeeper Milan Borjan who came up with a heroic save to ensure that Canada secured the win.

While there is still a long way to go before Canada can secure a spot in next year’s World Cup, supporters across the country couldn’t help but express their excitement and relief after beating Mexico.

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Borjan’s save wasn’t the only iconic moment from the match, as Sam Adekugbe made sure to add some Canadian flavour as the team celebrated Cyle Larin’s second goal of the match. Like any Canadian child would do if they saw a snowbank, Adekugbe couldn’t help but jump on top of it.

The big story of the game had to be the performance from Larin, who not only scored a brace for Canada but also put himself among elite company when it comes to scoring during World Cup qualifying.

He also moved into a tie with Dwayne De Rosario as Canada’s top goalscorer of all-time with 22.

Larin wasn’t the only Canadian making history against Mexico, as Atiba Hutchinson moved past Julian de Guzman with his 90 caps to become the country’s all-time appearance leader.