On Friday, August 8, Canada played Finland at the National Soccer Stadium in downtown Toronto. Prior to this match, I had watched Korea DPR defeat Ghana, 3-0, in an exciting albeit lopsided game. I was really pumped to see the U20 Canadian WNT (Women’s National Team) as it had been over a year since I watched, in person, the Canada WNT play the USA WNT in a friendly (it’s rare to have the opportunity to watch women’s professional soccer and/or futsal games in Toronto).
In case you missed the Canada vs Finland game, I suggest you watch it here. It was an incredibly exciting match (Canada won 3-2) and the crowd was energetic and positive. I was impressed by the Canadian teams cohesiveness, their ability to create consistent offensive pressure, their individual defensive skills, and most important, their style, which reflects a possession-based soccer. It was refreshing that the old “kick and run” soccer was not the focal point of Canada’s approach.
As a result of Friday’s matches, Canada sits second in their Group. Tonight is the final round of games in Group A, with Finland playing Ghana and Canada playing Korea DPR.
Courtesy of the Canadian Press, but published by the Toronto Star, is a brief article ahead of tonight’s matches: “Canada will have its hands full against North Korea”. If Canada wants to move forward in the tournament, a win is a must. Anything less and there is an opportunity for Ghana or Finland to move forward (top two teams in each Group move on to the quarter-finals).
For a full list of Groups and matches, visit FIFA here. (Group B is a monster of a group!)