Brazilians prove too much for Canada M23
Posted on 13 July 2015 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-23
Canada’s Men’s U-23 Team opened their first quest at the Pan American Games since 1999 with a 1:4 loss to Brazil. While the Canadians showed great flashes, notably on the goal by Babouli, the Brazilians proved to be too much to handle for this Olympic development squad.
The Brazilians hit early and with great ease when Luciano calmly converted after being left unmarked in the six yard box. And for the first 15 minutes of the match, Brazil had a notable advantage, maintaining over 65% of the possession.
But Canada came knocking, orchestrating three chances in ten minutes, highlighted by a sharp shot from Babouli that hit the near post at the 22nd minute.
Just when the boys in red were starting to gel, Brazil hit again from the foot of Romulo and added to their lead with a second goal. The 0-2 score would hold going into half.
Unfortunately for Canada, the Brazilians didn’t lose any steam at the break, coming back out to score in the opening minutes of the second half and increase the lead to 3-nil.
But the young Canadians continued to battle. In the 56th minute of play, FC Edmonton’s homegrown Boakai fed a beautiful ball to speedy Babouli who got by a couple Brazilians before beating the keeper and giving Canada a jolt - and a goal.
Brazil completely dominated throughout the match, and left no doubt about it when they added a fourth goal to the tally in the dying minutes of the match.
Ultimately, Canada kept fighting but couldn’t find a solution for the technical artistry of its opponent, a world renowned football powerhouse, and conceded the match 1:4.
Canada will turn the page and prepare for its second match of the group phase, to be played on Thursday 16 July against Panama (20.30 ET / 17.30 PT), who will be coming off a win after squeezing past Peru in its opening match of the tournament.
Tickets to the Canada-Panama match are available via ticketmaster.ca and full information and results are available on Toronto2015.org.