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Updates in the game.
Minute 69: Canada cannot match
Canada may not have a better opportunity for equality. Desiree Scott fired from outside the penalty area, who grabbed Kosovare Asllani’s arm when he came out to block it. The referee consulted VAR and awarded a penalty to Canada, but the Swedish goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl was up to the task and rejected the shot of Janine Beckie.
It was, frankly, a disappointing half between two sides capable of generating creative chances. Canada’s Christine Sinclair entered the match two goals shy of matching the all-time scoring record, and Jessie Fleming emerged for Canada in the group stage as an offensive spark plug.
Kosovare Asllani is a talented Swedish finisher and Fridolina Rolfo has had some success taking defenders on running down the left flank.
But none of those figures had any meaningful offensive contributions, leaving the door wide open for either side to snag the lead in the second half.
In a slow first period, Sweden and Canada struggled to create offensive opportunities while defensive caution dominated the day. Suspicious of the idea of being left behind, the two sides dropped a significant number of players in their own half to repel the attacks in the penalty area.The result was 45 minutes of football too comfortable to give the advantage to any team. Canada possessed 61 percent of possession but did not attempt any attempt. Sweden played a counterattack style, but only managed one shot.
The winner will face Germany in the quarterfinals.
Hungry for the early offensive.
Thoughts before the game
Sweden proved to be a tough opponent for the United States in the final game of the group stage and it is expected to present an even greater challenge for Canada, which has hosted a large influx of young people (three 18-year-olds and two 20-year-olds). age). tournament.
The Swedes tried to retreat in defense and counterattack against the Americans, and also had good opportunities to score. Against Canada, they will have more equal participation of the ball and will be able to push more numbers. Kosovare Asllani enjoys making stops from midfield. Fridolina Rolfo, who comes as a substitute in the second half against the United States, could begin as an additional threat.
But the two goals conceded by Sweden to the Americans were relatively weak: in a corner that caused confusion in the baseline and a routine shot that surprised the defender and the goalkeeper. This is an additional motivation for Canada to accelerate the pace in the middle of the attack field, especially with world-class players Christine Sinclair and Jessie Fleming, each scoring a goal in this tournament.
Sinclair, 36, has scored 182 goals in his career for 182 goals, two fewer than Abby Wambach of the United States for the all-time record.
Even if the elimination matches tend to be defensive, the best defense of this game could be a good offense.