It was not pretty but Canada obtained the work accomplished Friday in downing a stubborn Panama facet 1- at the CONCACAF W Championship to qualify for the 2023 Entire world Cup.
Costa Rica’s 4- win around Trinidad and Tobago earlier in the day meant beating Panama would safe qualification for the Canadian gals with one particular team video game remaining at the eight-group tournament.
No. 57 Panama did not make it quick for sixth-rated Canada on a windy night at Estadio Universitario in Monterrey, Mexico.
Canada dominated enjoy with Panama looking to frustrate, relying on fouls to crack up the motion — normally delaying the ensuing totally free kicks by not retreating from the ball.
Panama players also went down frequently with the team’s trainers acquiring a work out, trundling on to the industry with regularity.
“It is really a terrific studying experience,” stated Canada coach Bev Priestman. “Was it great more than enough? No. And every person is aware that. But we received . . . and we go on.”
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Friday’s end result certain Olympic winner Canada (2–) of a prime-two finish in Pool B and a berth in the semifinals, which usually means creating the Entire world Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
No. 37 Costa Rica (2–) has also capable from Canada’s group.
The 3rd-put group in every single group moves on to a Environment Cup intercontinental playoff.
Grosso shines again for Canada
Canada’s breakthrough came in the 64th moment by way of Julia Grosso, who opened her senior scoring account with two aims off the bench in Tuesday’s 6- gain in excess of No. 76 Trinidad and Tobago.
A Panama defender tried to clear a Jessie Fleming cross only to see the ball go right to Grosso.
The 21-calendar year-aged Juventus midfielder neatly shifted the ball to evade a defender and poked it dwelling.
Canada experienced 69 for every cent possession and outshot Panama 12-4 (7-2 in pictures on goal). Panama opted for a reduced block, stringing defenders throughout the area.
Priestman gave Panama credit rating for its negative, time-throwing away ways, saying “I signify it worked.”
Canada’s mentor also observed it as a indicator of regard for her staff. Priestman’s information at halftime was one particular of disappointment.
“I assumed the initially-half performance, we weren’t fantastic sufficient,” she claimed.
“Our benchmarks dropped and I assume the gamers would agree with that. But next 50 %, I was pleased with how they arrived out, to get back to our degree.”
The Canadians wrap up pool participate in Monday against Costa Rica to make your mind up who tops Pool B.
That probable usually means steering clear of the top-rated U.S. who has also skilled for the Entire world Cup, in the semifinals.
The CONCACAF tournament doubles as a qualifier for the two the 2023 Entire world Cup and 2024 Olympics.
Only the CONCACAF winner is assured of an Olympic berth, as very well as a ticket to the inaugural CONCACAF W Gold Cup, to be held in 2024.
The World Cup attributes a 32-staff industry, in comparison to just 12 in the Olympic Game titles.
Canada capable for seven of the 8 earlier Entire world Cups, missing out in the inaugural 1991 celebration in China when the U.S. was the lone CONCACAF representative in the then-12-region field.
Canada, which hosted the event in 2015, experienced its most effective exhibiting in 2003 when it finished fourth.
Just after actively playing in the 53,500-capacity Estadio BBVA — house to CF Monterrey — in suburban Guadalupe on Tuesday, Canada moved to Estadio Universitario on Friday.
Identified as El Volcan (The Volcano), the 41,600-capability stadium in Monterrey is home to Tigres UANL.
Canada dominates possession, misses opportunities
Priestman created 5 variations to her commencing lineup, slotting in goalkeeper Sabrina D’Angelo, Grosso, Shelina Zadorsky, Adriana Leon and Nichelle Prince. Janine Beckie shifted back to fullback from forward.
Captain Christine Sinclair, who scored her world-report 190th global purpose in the tournament opener, created her 313th appearance for Canada — and her 306th get started.
Canada experienced 71 for every cent possession in a scoreless initial half, but that did not translate in gilt-edged scoring possibilities.
The Canadians had a 6-2 edge in pictures (2-1 on focus on) as Panama defended in numbers and attempted to sluggish down engage in when it could.
Canada arrived shut in the 19th moment when Leon’s header flashed significant. Two minutes later, Panama captain Laurie Batista noticed her extensive-range work fly just in excess of the Canadian crossbar.
Sandwiched by two Panama defenders, Prince was taken down just inside the penalty box in the 27th moment but the possible penalty get in touch with was negated by an offside flag.
The recreation paused as it went to movie assessment, but nothing came out of it.
At the other finish, Prince poked the ball just vast in the 42nd immediately after Panama unsuccessful to obvious a totally free kick.
Priestman sent on striker Cloe Lacasse and fullback Jayde Riviere in area of Sinclair and Prince at the 50 %.
And Leon forced a acrobatic diving help save from Yenith Bailey in the 46th minute.
Jordyn Huitema and Quinn, who goes by one particular title, arrived on for Canada in the 57th.
Panama’s Rosario Vargas came near with a different prolonged-array shot in the 80th that sailed just above the crossbar.
The Canadian ladies have in no way lost to Panama, outscoring the 57th-ranked group 13- in their two earlier conferences.
Sinclair scored twice the final time Canada confronted Panama — a 7- get in Oct 2018 at the CONCACAF Women’s Championship that earned Canada a berth in the 2019 Entire world Cup in France.