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FT: Canada 0 - 1 Sweden (Women’s World Cup)

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An early exit for the CANWNT.

Canada v Cameroon: Group E - 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

Game Thread:

98’ - Canada puts on furious pressure and is awarded a free kick and a corner at the death. Leon takes both, but no dice. It’s over for the squad.

90+7’ - Into stoppage time.

86’ - Yellow Card issued to Buchanan, who will miss the next match should Canada advance.

82’ - Canada Substitution:

82’ - Sweden are awarded a penalty, it’s under VAR review and is called back for offside.

69’ - Beckie is denied! Save by Sweden.

68’ - PENALTY awarded. Beckie is going to take it???? Over Sinclair?????.

67’ - VAR review - are we about to get a penalty for handball?

65’ - Canada substitution :

55’ - GOAL SWEDEN! Sweden catches us on the counter-attack. Just as TSN pundit Diana Matheson predicted, except for the opponent.

54’ - Sinclair goes for it on a free kick, but puts it wide.

50’ - Chapman concedes a corner to Sweden, who have taken the momentum.

41’ - 2nd Half action begins with some domination by Canada, who look be back to a 4-4-2.

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HT - After 45’ it’s still a nil-nil draw. Crazy energy on both sides.

40’ - Looks like Canada is switching to a 3-5-2 to confuse Sweden, who are really starting to come into this game.

35’ - Labbe jumps over a crowded box and punches away Sweden’s second corner kick.

33’ - Chapman makes a 40 yard recovery dash and concedes a corner to Sweden, which is the first of the game for the side.

31’ - Some real chances go wanting for Canada due to poor finishing.

18’ - No real chances yet for either squad, despite the end to end play. Missed opportunities on both sides.

11’ - Great defensive play by Buchanan to snuff out a pacey Swedish run down the left flank.

7’ - Canada putting on the pressure early and win a few corners. No breakthrough, but some positive play.

3:00PM - 1’ - And we’re off in Parc Des Princes!

2:50PM - Temperature on the pitch is 29 degrees. Ouch.

2:47PM - Ask and ye shall receive!!! Repetition ,,, is ... working ... I’m really getting a hankering for some sweet, gEnIuS DIP’N WEDGES, but not working all the way, as I still think it should be a capital crime to put Guacamole on a french fry/DIP’N WEDGE.

2:36PM - Got the first DIP’N WEDGES Advert in. Have you heard about DIP’N WEDGES? They are ReVoLuTiOnArY!1!!!!111!!!! Over/under on how many more we see before kick-off?

2:24PM - Only .5 hours to go!

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Preview:

It is not going to get any easier from here on out for the Canadian women’s national team. This afternoon they face a Swedish side which whom they are very evenly matched in the Women’s World Cup round of 16.

The winner of this match will face the Germans in the quarter finals. So if Canada really wants to make a statement at this tournament, they had better start playing their highest level of football, and quickly.

Unfortunately, the team does not hold a very good record against European sides at the Women’s World Cup. They have only won twice in 13 matches against opposition from the continent.

Canada’s only win again European opposition in the knockout stages came four years ago when Josee Belanger scored to give Canada a 1-0 win over Switzerland in the round of 16. They would go on to lose to England in their next match.

These two sides have only ever met once in World Cup action, back in 2003. Likely more relevant, however, is that Canada beat Sweden on penalties earlier this year at the Algarve Cup. The match did end 0-0 after regulation, however, demonstrating how tight this match promises to be.

Sweden and Canada followed a very similar route to the round of 16, winning the games they were expected to against New Zealand and Cameroon for Canada and Chile and Thailand for Sweden. The Swedes lost their final group game to the United States, just as Canada did to the Netherlands.

Like Canada, it has been offense by committee for the Swedes, as Kosovare Asllani is the only player on their team who has scored multiple times at this World Cup. She has the most international goals of any player on the Swedish roster, and is a threat Canada will have to contend with in this match.

As is their blueprint for success throughout this tournament, Canada win this match by playing solid defensive soccer while taking the opportunities that they create going forward. In this regard, the health of Nichelle Prince could prove crucial after she sat against the Dutch due to injury. She has been critical to Canada’s attack so far.

Canada needs to hit the accelerator:

How to watch:

Match date/time: Monday, June 24, 3:00 p.m. ET

TV channel: TSN, CTV

Live stream: TSN GO