Canada expects tough challenge from Australia in women's soccer rematch

Canada expects tough challenge from Australia in women’s soccer rematch

Canada will be hoping for a response from a motivated Australia when the teams meet in the second leg of their women’s soccer friendly series in Sydney on Tuesday.

The seventh-seeded Canadians won 1-0 when the teams met at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday, thanks to an 11th-minute wonder strike from Manchester United forward Adriana Lyon.

The 12th-ranked Matildas, led by Chelsea star Sam Kerr, had their chances but couldn’t beat goalkeeper Killian Sheridan. Australian coach Tony Gustavson regretted the missed opportunities and said after the game that his team could score three goals the next night.

“The Australians I know, I think they can have another level to them,” Canada coach Bev Priestman said on Monday’s virtual media call.

“We don’t give up and I think Australia has another gear for them,” she added. “And they’ll be out there with a point to prove. On home soil, getting a loss and maybe not getting those chances in the back of the net. I know when you’re Sam Kerr, you approach this game a lot. are motivated and we have to play this game for sure.”

The Canadiens have a depleted roster as follows, with their entire starting back line absent due to injury in defenders Kadisha Buchanan, Vanessa Giles, Jade Royer and Alysha Chapman, with Ashley Lawrence unavailable for personal reasons. . Forward Dan Rose is also injured.

Priestman paired veteran center back Shelina Zadorski with Sora Yaka, who was formed by Bianca St. Georges and Janine Becky, who usually already plays at fullback.

St. Georges, who plays his club soccer for the Chicago Red Stars of the NWSL, had a great game in just his fourth senior tour.

Priestman’s 11 Saturday start featured just four starters from the 2021 Olympic final in Tokyo: captain Christian Sinclair, Jesse Fleming, Becky and Nicole Prince.

Priestman deployed a new 4-2-3-1 formation with Fleming and Julia Grosso ahead of the back four with Prince, Sinclair and Lyon behind striker Jordyn Huytma.

Canada used all six substitutes allowed, with only Jade Rose, Marie Levasseur and Quinn, who goes by one name, as unused outfielders.

Priestman said he would use the six-string again on Tuesday, to make the most of Australia’s two games.

“It’s going to be a balancing act,” she said. “I definitely want to see some players in this game. But I think at the same time I want to keep some momentum going with the group.

Sinclair, the world’s all-time leading goalscorer with 190, will reach her 317th cap if she plays on Tuesday, moving her past American Carli Lloyd into second on the all-time list. The place turns into a sole proprietorship. Former American international Christian Lilly leads the way with 354 appearances.

Australia is also losing players.

Tuesday’s game is at the newly built Allianz Stadium, which, like Suncorp Stadium, will host next year’s World Cup, which begins in July in 10 stadiums across nine host cities in Australia and New Zealand. becomes

Canada will learn their way into the 32-nation tournament during the draw in Auckland in October.

Looking ahead, Priestman said Canadian Soccer is working on friendlies in October and November, likely outside of Canada.

“Obviously we all love playing at home in front of our fans but I think at the same time we have to go where we feel we can get the fixtures,” she said.

The Matildas were beaten 1-0 by Sweden in the Olympic semifinals and finished fourth after losing 1-0 to the United States in the bronze medal game in Tokyo. Canada won the gold, edging Sweden 3-2 in a penalty shootout after the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

Saturday’s game was Canada’s first since July when it qualified for the World Cup by finishing second to the senior Americans at the CONCACAF W Championship in Mexico.

Canada is 7-2-3 in 2022, beating No. 8 Spain 1-0 at the Arnold Clark Cup in February and the U.S. 1-0 at the CONCACAF W Championship.

While the all-time series between Canada and Australia is tied at 7-7-3, the Canadians have lost just two of the last 10 meetings (6-2-2).

Australia last played in Sydney in May 2008, winning 2-1.

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