Y, England – Canada will play in the semifinals of the women’s soccer tournament following a 2-0 win against the stewardess training of Britain, Friday , in the quarterfinals.
However, the task of the Canadian squad will be difficult, Monday, at Old Trafford, home of Manchester United. Her rivals will be the Americans, reigning Olympic Champions. Since the beginning of their rivalry in 1986, the U.S. lost only four times against their opponents from north of the border.
“We will be neglected and I think everybody understands that. I think in this type of tournament, teams disadvantaged raise their game a notch. Expect to see the girls excel, they are in a good mood to face the best in the world, “commented head coach of Canada, John Herdman.
Jonelle Filigno and captain Christine Sinclair scored in the first half, while the keeper Erin McLeod has managed the laundry at the Ricoh Arena, where the formation of the maple leaf had lost to Japan and defeated South Africa in prelims.
Filigno has capitalized on a corner kick made by Sophie Schmidt in the 12th minute when the ball eluded defender Sophie Bradley. His right foot shot ended up in the top of the net behind goaltender Karen Bardsley.
After being thrown to the ground by the Columbia Little Kim in the 25th minute, Desiree Scott gave a free kick for his team. Sinclair took the opportunity to score his 140th career goal in international meetings.
In second half, Canada has tightened its defense by plugging the gaps in midfield. In the past 15 minutes, its rivals have played so desperate, but could not hit the target. The referee Japanese Sachiko Yamagishi was entitled to public wrath in the 80th minute when he decided not to award a penalty shot to the British. Quebec’s Rhian Wilkinson had yet made a tackle at the expense of Eniola Aluko in the penalty area.
“The ball was not visible and I was struck, said Aluko. I do not know why the official did not give the penalty shot. ”
“Some days, everything is on your side, others not, said Wilkinson. I’m glad the game was not called. They really gave us the misery to end. ”
Canada will look to avenge a 2-1 defeat suffered against the United States in the quarterfinals of the 2008 Olympic tournament. In the most recent significant confrontation between the two countries, on Jan. 29 in Vancouver, the Americans had won 4-0 during the finals of the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying.
“We will be ready and we have one in, specified Sinclair. We’re a confident team right now and we savor the moment only. ”