you again?Canada and the United States will meet in the rematch of the controversial 2012 Olympic Women’s Football Semifinal
Canada and the United States will once again face off in the women’s football semi-finals of the Olympic Games.
Although Canadian superstar Christina Sinclair performed a hat-trick, there were still some familiar faces in the 2012 London Olympics matchup. The US team won 4-3 after overtime, but the next generation of players from both sides are ready to go. Have the greatest impact.
The 2012 game was Widely known for penalties issued (and not issued) by the referee, Including a six-second violation against Canadian goalkeeper Irene McLeod. The subsequent indirect free kick resulted in a Canadian handball; with 10 minutes left in the game, American center Abby Wambach scored a goal in the subsequent penalty shootout to tie the score to 3-3.
“That game was really fascinating,” said Dr. Claire Rustad, an Olympic football analyst and former member of the Canadian women’s national team.
“I think what impresses people is the incredible personal performance of Christine Sinclair, probably the best game she has ever played, some interesting refereeing decisions-I would say, I think they actually ended up It’s two-way,” said Rustad, who is now a family doctor in British Columbia.
“It will be interesting to see how they fight against them in this go-around.”
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Before the game starts on Monday (4 AM EST, CBCSports.ca), The following are the performance of the two teams so far in the Tokyo Olympics and some key players worthy of attention in the semifinals.
Penalties needed for quarterfinals
Both teams need a penalty kick in their quarter-finals before they have a chance to be on the Olympic podium.
After the overtime, Canada defeated Brazil 4-3. Vanessa Gilles converted the decisive penalty and goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé dived with both hands to save Brazilian defender Rafaelle to seal the victory.
After winning bronze medals at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, Canadians are looking for their third consecutive podium.
After failing to resolve the 2-2 deadlock in overtime, the US team won 4-2 in the penalty shootout-a rematch of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The Americans have won the World Cup and gold medals in three of the past four Olympics, but they missed the podium at the Rio Olympics five years ago. In this game, the United States lost to Sweden 3-0 in the first game and drew 0-0 with Australia; the two teams will play their second semi-finals at 7 am Eastern Time on Monday.
“The U.S. doesn’t look as sharp as they are, for example, looking at  World Cup, even into these Olympics,” retired Canadian goalkeeper Karina LeBron told An extra hour Host Brendan Dunlop on Friday.
“But I don’t want Canadians to think we have this in our bag, because Diana has one thing [Matheson] And what I know myself is that Americans always appear in Canada,” LeBron said, referring to her long-term teammates who also appeared on CBC sports.
There is depth at the front and fragile at the back
Although the United States has shown weaknesses in these Olympics, Rustad said there is still a large number of talents.
“Sometimes when they bring the submarine in front, it’s almost ridiculous, and they’re bringing [Megan] Rapinoe was on the bench and Alex Morgan was on the bench,” she said.
However, Canada can take advantage of certain areas—especially the right side of U.S. defense, Rustad said. She pointed out that the dynamic play of striker Nischel Prince is the potential key to cracking the back line.
“If they really flip her to the left of the park and let her run to Kelly O’Hara and Abby Dalkemper on the right of the U.S. line, I think she will be able to break through,” Rustad said.
Matheson, who scored a bronze medal in the 2012 London Olympics, also pointed out the depth of American substitutions, including Rapinoe, Morgan and Christensen Place.
“At the end of the game, these three players were not bad,” Matheson told Dunlop. “This will be a battle… this will be a street fight.
“I am very happy that we can face them head-on.”
Pay attention to the offside line
Although Rustad commented that the U.S. midfielder did not consistently play a role in these Olympics as a whole, she warned that this could still pose a problem for Canadians.
“Don’t let them have time to control the ball, don’t let them have time to look up and look for a run behind, because frontcourt players like Christen Press will burn you,” Rustad said.
Rustad added that the American offense was also hampered by offside penalties throughout the game, and Canadian defenders can take advantage of this.
“As long as they are communicating and maintaining a good line, I think they will be able to stop a large number of American offensives because they just don’t pay attention to the offside line,” she said.
Of course, there is Sinclair-his 186 international goals are the most in history. Although her style is different from the 2012 semifinals, the Canadian captain can still play a decisive role in this game.
“I think [Canada is] It’s more creative. It’s very beneficial to have a lot of young people entering this team,” Rustad said. “Although they haven’t been scoring goals and have not been creative in the frontcourt, I think we’ve seen it. Enough glances say it’s coming.
“This must be an American team that can be beaten.”