Canada’s Women Top Mexico, Avoid U.S.

Everything seemed pretty easy for Canada’s women’s national team in the first two matches of the group-stage round of qualifiying for the 2011 Women’s World Cup in Germany: an 8-0 destruction of Guyana followed a 1-0 scoreline against Trinidad and Tobago that belied Canada’s dominance. The real threat, we were led to expect, was to come against the host Mexican side. Three goals to nil later, Canada is through to the semifinals with a perfect record – not to mention 12 goals for and none against.

The loss will be hard on Mexico’s 16-year-old keeper (sixteen!) Cecilia Santiago, who was at fault for the first two goals (especially the second – yikes!), potted by Canadace Chapman and Josee Belanger, respectively. Jonelle Filigno nabbed the icing on the cake with her third of the tournament, heading in a cross from Belanger.

Canada’s impressive stats at this tournament are bettered only by the Americans – by far the most rated team in CONCACAF. Carolina Morace’s Canadian team, however, won’t bemoan their second-best stats, though – they’ll celebrate the fact that that their record puts them top of their group, and let’s them avoid the Americans in the semi-finals. With the top two teams in the tournament winning a place at the 2011 Women’s World Cup, Big Red can breathe a sigh of relief that their road to Germany isn’t blocked by the world’s No. 1, who battered Canada 5-0 at BMO Field in the latest encounter between the rivals. Not to say they’d do it again, but, y’know, we’re all happy that our qualification doesn’t demand knocking the best team in the world out of the tournament in the semifinals.

Instead, Canada will face Costa Rica, who fell 4-0 to the Americans, while beating Guatemala and Haiti. The task of toppling the U.S. now falls to Mexico. Good luck ladies. A loss wouldn’t mean the end of World Cup hopes for Mexico, though – they’ll play Costa Rica (once Canada beats them, that is…knock on wood, etc.) for the right to play Italy in a qualification playoff.

Watch Canada’s semifinal destruction of Costa Rica live on CBC.ca and CBC Bold at 7 p.m. est (6:30 p.m. pst).

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7 Responses to “Canada’s Women Top Mexico, Avoid U.S.”

  1. When Christine Sinclair shushed the crowd my heart went all aflutter!

    I haven’t seen Costa Rica, how good are they? I’m a bit worried we’ve had it too easily maybe? Hopefully it will be challenging enough to be prepared for the USA juggernaut

    • I haven’t had a chance to see Costa Rica, but they only managed a 1-0 win over Guatemala, who, for no good reason whatsoever, I’ve decided is absolutely terrible. So I’m full of confidence, even if it’s fairly baseless.

      Anyone else? How good is Costa Rica?

    • Their game against the U.S. was similar to our game against Mexico… for the first 20 minutes or so, the underdog looked like they may be able to hang around. But as the game moved along, and the first goal came, it became clearer which team was vastly superior. The U.S. beat them 4-0.

      The only thing of note is that Raquez Rodriguez Cedeno, who scored twice against Haiti, was missing against the U.S. So she could be one to watch.

      Then again, I thought Maribel Dominguez was going to be “one to watch” from Mexico, and she did absolutely nothing against us…

  2. The Mexicans would probably beat Costa Rica 9 times out of 10, and like the cbc.ca panel related, if we play like we did against Mexico in the semi, Costa Rica won’t have a chance. It was interesting to see Christine Sinclair not look like the heads and tails best player on the pitch against Mexico, a few of our other girls were even more involved in the play and had absolutely stellar games.

    I wonder when WWCQ will come to Canada next? I’d love to see these qualifying games in a packed BMO Field or Stade Saputo, or BC Place for that matter. Not quite ready to travel outside the country for the Women’s Nats, but that’s another topic for another day.

  3. I kinda would like to play Italy in the qualifications playoffs. It would be fun for Carolina Morace since she used to be the Italian side’s coach but left when she realized the FIGC didn’t want to focus any attention on the women’s team. A good side story.

  4. Was wondering how our results thusfar (and possible future results in this competition) will affect our ranking?

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