Canada beats Panama, qualifies for Earth Cup

Canada beats Panama, qualifies for Earth Cup

Canada's Nichelle Prince controls the ball during a CONCACAF Women's Championship soccer match against Panama in Monterrey, Mexico, Friday, July 8, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Fernando Llano&#13

Canada’s Nichelle Prince controls the ball in the course of a CONCACAF Women’s Championship soccer match from Panama in Monterrey, Mexico, Friday, July 8, 2022. THE CANADIAN Press/AP-Fernando Llano

MONTERREY, Mexico – Canada capable for the 2023 World Cup on Friday, downing a stubborn Panama aspect 1- at the CONCACAF W Championship.

Costa Rica’s 4- acquire around Trinidad and Tobago earlier in the working day intended beating Panama would protected qualification for the Canadian women of all ages with one particular team game remaining at the eight-team match.

Friday’s final results assure Olympic winner Canada (2–) of a top rated-two complete in Pool B and a berth in the semifinals which signifies creating the Entire world Cup in Australia and New Zealand. No. 37 Costa Rica (2–) has also skilled from Canada’s team.

The third-positioned crew in each team moves on to a Entire world Cup intercontinental playoff.

No. 57 Panama did not make it simple for sixth-ranked Canada on a windy night time at Estadio Universitario.

Canada dominated participate in with Panama hunting to frustrate, relying on fouls to break up the action — generally delaying the ensuing cost-free kicks by not retreating from the ball. The Panama trainers bought a work out, trundling on to the industry on more than a couple of instances.

The breakthrough arrived in the 64th moment by way of Julia Grosso, who opened her senior scoring account with two goals off the bench in Tuesday’s 6- earn about No. 76 Trinidad and Tobago.

A Panama defender attempted to clear a Jessie Fleming cross only to see the ball go correct to Grosso. The 21-year-old Juventus midfielder neatly shifted the ball to evade a defender and poked it house.

The Canadians wrap up pool participate in Monday from Costa Rica to make your mind up who tops Pool B. That probably indicates averting the best-rated U.S. in the semifinals.

The CONCACAF match doubles as a qualifier for both the 2023 Globe Cup and 2024 Olympics.

Only the CONCACAF winner assures by itself of an Olympic berth, as well as a ticket to the inaugural CONCACAF W Gold Cup, to be held in 2024.

The runner-up and third-put teams will meet in a CONCACAF Olympic participate in-in series, scheduled for September 2023, with the winner also qualifying for the Paris Olympics and CONCACAF W Gold Cup.

The Earth Cup attributes a 32-group field, in comparison to just 12 in the Olympic Games.

Canada skilled for 7 of the 8 former Environment Cups, missing out in the inaugural 1991 occasion in China when the U.S. was the lone CONCACAF representative in the then-12-country industry.

Canada, which hosted the party in 2015, had its ideal demonstrating in 2003 when it finished fourth.

Immediately after participating in in the 53,500-capability Estadio BBVA — home to CF Monterrey — in suburban Guadalupe on Tuesday, Canada moved to Estadio Universitario on Friday.

Known as El Volcan (The Volcano), the 41,600-ability stadium in Monterrey is residence to Tigres UANL.

Canada coach Bev Priestman manufactured five modifications to her starting off lineup, slotting in goalkeeper Sabrina D’Angelo, Grosso, Shelina Zadorsky, Adriana Leon and Nichelle Prince. Janine Beckie shifted back again to fullback from forward.

Captain Christine Sinclair, who scored her planet-report 190th international goal in the event opener, made her 313th physical appearance for Canada — and her 306th start.

Canada experienced 71 per cent possession in a scoreless initial 50 percent, but that did not translate in gilt-edged scoring prospects.

The Canadians had a 6-2 edge in photographs (2-1 on concentrate on) as Panama defended in quantities and tried using to slow down engage in anytime it could.

Canada came close in the 19th moment when Leon’s header flashed large. Two minutes later, Panama captain Laurie Batista noticed her extended-variety hard work fly just over the Canadian crossbar.

Sandwiched by two Panama defenders, Prince was taken down just within the penalty box in the 27th moment but the opportunity penalty get in touch with was negated by an offside flag. The match was paused as it went to movie assessment but nothing at all arrived out of it.

D’Angelo created her 1st save in the 38th moment, a comfortable stop of a Marta Cox free kick from very well outside the penalty box. At the other finish, Prince poked the ball just huge in the 42nd immediately after Panama unsuccessful to very clear a absolutely free kick.

Priestman despatched on striker Cloe Lacasse and fullback Jayde Riviere in position of Sinclair and Prince at the fifty percent. And Leon pressured a acrobatic diving help you save from Bailey in the 46th minute. Jordyn Huitema and Quinn, who goes by 1 identify, came on for Canada in the 57th.

Panama’s Rosario Vargas came close with an additional extensive-variety shot in the 80th that sailed just above the crossbar.

The Canadian girls have hardly ever lost to Panama, outscoring the 57th-rated crew 13- in their two past meetings.

Sinclair scored two times the past time Canada faced Panama — a 7- win in Oct 2018 at the CONCACAF Women’s Championship that attained Canada a berth in the 2019 World Cup in France.

This report by The Canadian Push was to start with revealed July 8, 2022

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