FULL-TIME - A solid performance from Canada heading into their biggest test of the group stage against the Dutch. That game will ultimately determine who finishes first and second in the group. The 2-0 win means this is the first time ever Canada has won its first two matches at a Women’s World Cup.
79 - GOAL CANADA! Nichelle Prince, who has probably been Canada’s best player this match, scores a massive goal. A great initial cross from Lawrence was headed off the post by Sinclair, but Prince was there to put home the rebound. Canada need one more goal to top the group heading into the final match against the Dutch.
75 - Canada makes their first swap of the match, bringing off Riviere and bringing on Chapman. This probably means a restructuring of the formation, likely back to a 4-3-3. Great showing from Riviere in her World Cup debut, and exciting player with a great future with the program.
72 - Prince comes close off of a brilliant ball from Sinclair. Canada should be pressing hard now considering the Dutch won 3-1 over Cameroon earlier today and now have the goal difference in the group.
47 - GOAL CANADA! A perfect start to the second half for Canada as some great build up leads to a brilliant finish from Jessie Fleming.
Half-time: Canada will be disappointed that they missed out on a few good chances to take the lead, but overall a comprehensive half of soccer. A tactical switch to three at the back with Sophie Schmidt dropping into centreback has helped Canada look even more dangerous, and New Zealand has had precious little going forward. They just need a little more decisiveness in front of goal.
38’ - Still no breaththrough from Canada, although some decent buildup plays and chances. They look to be clicking a little bit better offensively than the first game, even if they have not scored yet. New Zealand looking very content to play out for a draw here.
18’ - Very close from Canada. Christine Sinclair hits the crossbar after a corner was flicked on by Sophie Schmidt, Buchanan nearly gets her second of the tournament from the rebound. Good start from Canada.
17’ - New Zealand is going to be forced to make a change here already, their fullback Catherine Bott looks to have seriously injured her arm blocking a Beckie cross. She has been replaced by Annalie Longo.
1’ - Just the one change to the lineup for the Canadian team as 18-year-old Jayde Riviere comes in for Allysha Chapman. A slightly surprising move considering how well Chapman played against Cameroon but a big chance for the young full back on the biggest stage.
#CanWNT XI is in!— Canucks Abroad (@Canucks_Abroad) June 15, 2019
Labbé; Lawrence, Buchanan, Zadorsky, Rivière; Schmidt, Scott, Fleming; Prince, Sinclair (c), Beckie
Only change from the #FIFAWWC2019 opener is Allysha Chapman will sit, and Jayde Rivière will make her World Cup debut! https://t.co/nL3bzV4V2B
Never before at a FIFA Women’s World Cup has Canada been able to win its opening two matches.
Two years ago it was New Zealand who held Canada to a drab scoreless draw in Edmonton in their second group match. Canada had opened that tournament on home soil with a tight 1-0 win over China.
Four years later, and Canada again started a little slow in a 1-0 win over Cameroon. However, they will be hoping the offensive firepower that they have accumulated over the past few years will mean the similarities between this tournament and last end there.
New Zealand, for their part, are still looking for their first win at a FIFA women’s World Cup. The draw against Canada was one of three they have managed at the tournament, with their other ten matches resulting in losses.
The Football Ferns will be playing for their tournament lives in the match after a goal conceded against the Netherlands spelled a 1-0 loss. Looking at the expected goal count for that game, however, the Dutch were definitely unlucky not to score more.
In that sense it could be a very similar match to the opener for the Canadian women, a tough battle against a side keen on sitting back and defending. The match should be another good test for Canada’s attacking unit.
While Christine Sinclair is still waiting to open her account at this tournament, and draw even closer to Abby Wambach, the team’s offensive key probably still lies in Janine Beckie. Beckie has struggled to find the back of the net lately for Canada, but created the most chances of any player in red against Cameroon.
Canada will have incentive to score as many goals as possible before heading into a final group game against the Dutch which will likely decide first and second in the group.
How to watch:
Match date/time: Saturday, June 15, 3:00 p.m. ET
TV channel: TSN, CTV
Live stream: TSN GO