Canada blanks Aruba to set stage for crucial World Cup qualifier against Suriname

Lucas Cavallini scored twice and Alphonso Davies, Cyle Larin and Jonathan David added late goals off the bench to help Canada blank Aruba 7-0 in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying play Saturday, setting the stage for a showdown Tuesday against Suriname.

Coach John Herdman elected to rest his big-name players for the Group B decider against Suriname with Davies, David, Larin and Milan Borjan kept out of the starting 11 Saturday.

Bayern Munich’s Davies and Lille’s David came on in the 66th minute, with Canada up 4-0.

David and Davies combined for Canada’s fifth goal in the 78th minute with the 21-year-old David playing provider, sending the ball to the 20-year-old Davies whose hard shot from a tight angle went off a defender en route to the goal. It was Davies’ eighth goal in 20 games for Canada.

Besiktas’ Larin, who entered in the 72nd minute, finished off a David feed in the 87th for his 13th Canada goal to make it 6-0 after a turnover by Aruba goalkeeper Eric Abdul. David then scored himself two minutes later, dancing through the defence before slotting home a left-footed shot. It was David’s 12th goal in 13 games for Canada.

The Canadians started slowly but gradually found their rhythm and scoring touch against an Aruba side, which at No. 205 is 135 places below Canada in the world rankings. And Aruba was swamped when the stars came on late in the game.