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Canada vs. France: WTR Live, Olympic Bronze Edition

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Chin up Sophie, we've got a WTR Live!
CREDIT: Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports
Chin up Sophie, we've got a WTR Live! CREDIT: Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports
CANADA vs.
FRANCE
FIFA Ranking: 7th

FIFA Ranking: 6th
Top Scorer: Sinclair (143)

Top Scorer: M-L Delie (38)
2012 Olympics Women's Football Bronze Medal Game
City of Coventry Stadium, Coventry, England
Thursday, August 9, 2012
1:00 PM GMT (8:00 AM EDT)
TV: CTV
Referee: Jenny Palmqvist (Sweden)
Forecast: Sunny, 22°C

Last Meeting: 3/6/2012, Larnaca, CAN 0-2 FRA

Oh, if there's one thing I hang onto that gets me through the night.
I ain't gonna do what I don't want to, I'm gonna live my life.
Shining like a diamond, rolling with the dice,
Standing on the ledge, I show the wind how to fly.
When the world gets in my face, I say, "Have a nice day."

- "Have a Nice Day", Bon Jovi

Here we are folks...the last game of the Olympic women's football tournament for Canada. We've defied the odds just being here, and perhaps with a little bit more luck, would probably be playing in the later game. Still, what's done is done -- and now the Canadian women still have a chance to win bronze.

But a certain Eugenie Le Sommer doesn't think so -- in a recent interview, she says Canada "fears the way France plays". She might have a point, since the French have won their last two meetings by a combined scoreline of 6-0; but in the heat of an Olympic Games, anything and everything can happen; and Mademoiselle Le Sommer could be ending up eating some humble pie at the end of it.

Good news on the FIFA front: they have decided (sensibly, a rarity within FIFA) to not go through with Canadian player sanctions until after the bronze medal match: that means all players are available -- including Candace Chapman, who was an unused sub during the USA game. Otherwise, we aren't expecting John Herdman to make any major changes to the lineup.

So wherever you are, join us here starting at 7:45am ET for live chat and in-game text commentary hosted by yours truly (with guest appearances throughout from the WTR team), in the CoveritLive window just past the jump. You can also follow along on your favourite mobile device, wherever you are, so no excuses as to not being able to join us -- let's make this one count, Canada!