Canada prepares for Brazil
Posted on 11 September 2010 in FIFA U-17 Women's World CupCanada returned to training today following a frustrating loss to the Republic of Ireland in its second group match at the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Trinidad and Tobago 2010. Canada's wide open Group D, featuring four strong sides, has quickly been labelled as the most competitive of the tournament with all four nations sitting on three points after two matches. Canada will complete group action against Brazil on Monday 13 September at 19.00 ET / 16.00 PT (CBC Bold / CBCsports.ca).
Despite improving on its opening performance against Ghana (a 1:0 victory), Canada was unable to convert its scoring opportunities against the Irish and was made to pay as it conceded a late goal against the run of play. The focus in Canada's camp has quickly shifted to its crucial final group match against Brazil.
We haven't played up to our potential in the first two matches here in Trinidad, said Canadian centreback Alison Clarke. Brazil is an attacking team, but I feel that with our speed, organization, and dedication, we can match them. Our team is prepared to give everything it takes to get a victory in our next game.
All four teams in Group D are tied on three points and on goal differential (even) after two matches. Brazil and the Republic of Ireland lead the group by virtue of more goals scored (2 each) compared to Canada and Ghana (1 each).
With a win over Brazil, Canada would automatically advance to the quarter-final stage. Canada could also advance with a draw, however that scenario requires a series of events that can only be described as unlikely. First, Canada and Brazil need to tie while each scoring more than two goals. At the same time, the Republic of Ireland and Ghana would need to tie in their match by two less goals than the Canada-Brazil tie. For a full breakdown of the tie-breaker scenarios please scroll to the bottom of the page.
The Republic of Ireland and Ghana will also play their final Group D match at 19.00 ET on Monday night at Dwight Yorke Stadium in Scarborough, Tobago. Both Group D matches kick off concurrently.
Bryan Rosenfeld's squad has been in the position of rebounding from a difficult defeat before. At the 2010 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in March, Canada lost to Mexico in its final group match, a result which meant it had to face heavily favoured USA in the semi-final stage. With a place at the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup on the line, the Canadian squad rallied itself to put in an epic performance. Canada matched the mighty USA step-for-step through 120 minutes, leaving the match to be decided on kicks from the penalty mark. The young Canucks held their nerve and converted all five of their kicks to defeat the USA 5-3 and advance to World Cup.
Rosenfeld and his staff will be looking for a similar reaction from the Canadian players as they ready themselves for what will be a stiff challenge in CONMEBOL champions Brazil. Following a day off from training on Friday, Canada started its preparations for Brazil in earnest on Saturday as the team took advantage of the extra rest day to hold two training sessions. A sign hanging in the hallway of Canada's hotel quickly changed from No Second Chances to One Chance, referring to Canada's important match with Brazil.
Goalkeeper Sabrina D'Angelo has been one player playing to her potential thus far for Canada. For more on D'Angelo and the support she has received while in Trinidad visit this FIFA.com article Familiar faces aid young keepers.
Canada, whose title sponsor is BMO Financial Group, is participating in its second FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup. At New Zealand 2008 Canada reached the quarter-final stage before losing out to Germany.
Group D tie-breaking scenarios
Canada defeats Brazil by any score
- Canada advances to the quarter-final stage
Canada draws with Brazil 0:0
- Canada does not qualify for the quarter-final
Canada draws with Brazil 1:1 or any greater number of goals scored and Ghana and Ireland draw 0:0 or any greater number of goals scored minus 1 goal of the Canada-Brazil match (e.g. Canada 4:4 Brazil, Ghana 3:3 Ireland)
- Brazil would advance as Group winner and either Canada or Ireland would advance based on FIFA fair play point system in which the number of yellow and red cards are evaluated
Canada draws with Brazil 2:2 or any greater number of goals scored and Ghana and Ireland draw 0:0 or any greater number of goals scored minus 2 goals of the Canada-Brazil match (e.g. Canada 4:4 Brazil, Ghana 2:2 Ireland)
- Brazil would advance as the Group winner and Canada would advance as the second place team out of Group D