Alphonso Davies broke down in tears of joy as his Canadian team-mates qualified for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
The Bayern Munich left player had been ruled out of the game as he continues his recovery from myocarditis but opted to live stream his reaction to the game.
And his compatriots did the job, earning their first men’s World Cup appearance since 1986 with a 4-0 win over Jamaica.
Cyle Larin and Tajon Buchanan scored in the first half before Junior Hoilett and an Adrian Mariappa own goal put the Toronto result in doubt.
The three points gained means Canada are sure to finish in the top three in the final Concacaf qualifying group.
Davies has been absent from both club and country promotions since early January after being diagnosed with heart inflammation after contracting Covid.
Watching from afar as John Herdman led his side to victory, the 21-year-old could not believe the magnitude of the performance.
Live streaming on Twitch, an overjoyed Davies said: “I’m going to the World Cup! We’re going to the World Cup, man!
“I can’t believe it. I’m tearing up. My dream has come true.”
Canada meets Panama in the final qualifier on Thursday 31 March.
They are likely to be joined at the World Cup by USA and Mexico, who only need a point from their respective finals to be assured of automatic progression.
Fourth-placed, likely Costa Rica if they are beaten by the USA, advance to the interconfederation play-offs in June.
Canada head coach John Herdman believes qualifying can help the country become a ‘powerhouse’ football nation.
“We just qualified for the World Cup, it’s real football country,” said Herdman, a former coach at Sunderland’s academy and a member of the Canada women’s national team.
“When I first took over and said, ‘We’re going to qualify for the World Cup’, I don’t think they believed us. I’m happy for them because all these fans have waited and waited and waited and stuck with us – and we’re leaving.
“I think this country never believed in us because we didn’t give them anything to believe in. You believe now.
“This is the time for everyone to get behind football and unite because we can be a powerhouse.”
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