On Saturday evening, Canada secured a 1-0 win over Haiti in Leg One of their Second Round matchup in Concacaf World Cup qualifying. The victory at Stade Sylvio Cator in Port-au-Prince moved Canada to within 90 minutes of reaching the final round of regional qualifiers for the first time since 1997.

Here are three takeaways now that this home-and-home series has reached the halfway point.

Mentality monsters

It wasn’t perfect, but it rarely is in Concacaf.

Despite taking the early lead through Cyle Larin on 14 minutes, Haiti came roaring back in the second half with some quick, direct counterattacks. Goalkeeper Milan Borjan pulled off several crucial saves, which helped Canada close out a massive road victory.

“We knew if we could score early and score first, then we could take control of the game,” said Canada coach John Herdman in his post-match press conference. “The conditions were tough. Getting to the stadium and just seeing the quality of that field, although it’s a turf pitch.

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