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FT: Canada 0 - 1 Iceland—Match thread, preview, and how to watch

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Follow along with Jeffrey P. Nesker as Canada’s slim Hex hopes hang in the balance Wednesday night vs. Iceland

Soccer: CONCACAF Nations League Soccer-Canada at USA
Does her cup say ... “Rando”?
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Match Thread

FT - CANADA 0 - 1 ICELAND. Canada’s first loss of 2020 puts in #CONCATHUNDERDOMEHUNGERGAMES

90’ + 5’ - Last ditch attempt bears no fruit.

90’ + 3’ - Furious pressure from Canada but so far nada.

90’ + 1’ - CANADA SUBSTITUTION

90’ - There will be 4’ of added time.

89’ - ANOTHER BUNCH OF ICELAND SUBSTITUTIONS

79’ -

78’ - SUBSTITUTION - CANADA

Morgan in.

77’ - What. A. Save. Maxime’s fingertips keep us in this one.

75’ - SUBSTITUTION - CANADA

74’ -

73’ SUBSTITUTION - ICELAND

70’ - Our man Sam with a gorgeous in the box clearance. Tos comes close but juuuust wide.

68’ - Tos called offside on the would be equalizer. Canada on the front foot. Think I can hear Caldwell screaming now.

67’ - Bring. On. Borges.

63’ - YELLOW CARD - CANADA issued to Samuel Piette

58’ - DOUBLE SUBSTITUTION - ICELAND

57’ - Bassong to Brym and flashed across for Tos, who misses.

50’ - Brym dances across the face of goal but can’t get a shot off.

49’ - A great bit of pressure leads to another biffed shot from Oso.

2nd half begins - lots of subs to note:

HT - CANADA 0 - 1 ICELAND Canada concede one and need to get 2 in the 2nd half. No points for loses, minimum draw points will not do.

45’ + 1’ - One more minute of Herdman shouty shouty.

37’ - Clever build-up play for Iceland leads to a glancing shot off the post. Almost 2-0 here.

35’ -

26’ - Fraser serves Akindele a beaut but he can’t convert.

21’ - GOAL! ICELAND! CANADA 0 - 1 ICELAND. Deflected effort leads to corner kick leads to goal.

14’ - Fraser for Adekube, but he runs out of runway and the keeper scoops it up.

12’ - Half chance for Sam Piette! Full miss though.

8’ -

8’ - Promising two phases of attack for Canada. Tos makes a run onto a through-ball but is chased into the sidelines. It’s recycled to set up Oso for a header but he whiffs it.

6’ - Loving being able to hear John Herdman just screaming syllables from his technical area.

3’ - Canada enjoys the lion’s share of possession, but can’t really penetrate.

7:00PM - We’re off!

6:57PM - A note on Tos.

6:55PM - Officials on the field, anthems on the PA. Fan in the stand. Engine Primed. Let’s go.

6:52PM - I may kid, but a big ol’Cheers to Canada Soccer for doing this - they didn’t have to. It’s awesome we get to watch this match.

6:42PM - Hot Mic Alert Klaxon! Someone’s wearing heels!

6:40PM - Officially hypnotized by team drills and starting to think today’s hip-pop is actually pretty good. Why am I watching this again?

6:30PM - Match Stream is live. Which means we get to enjoy warm-ups, mic tests, and booming hip hop as heard through stadium PA into web compression into TV speakers. I’m riveted.

6:00PM - Captain Sam. Nice ring to it.


Starting Lineups

CANADA: Tos gets the start - and inches ever closer to the record books. Mitchell Tierney loses his mind as it’s Captain Sam Part Deux. On the CPL front, Amer Didic back in the starting XI.

ICELAND: Bringing out the big boys.


How to Watch

Here’s a direct link via twitter:

Preview (Courtesy Brady Reid)

TORONTO, Ont.— With consecutive 4-1 victories over Barbados, Canada has gotten off on the right foot in 2020.

While the pair of friendlies gave Head Coach John Herdman a great opportunity to give some young players a look on the senior scene, the reward in the qualification process was minuscule.

However, Canada concludes it’s California camp on Wednesday with a friendly against FIFA’s 39th ranked nation in Iceland. Thanks to the country’s relatively high ranking, this game should present a bigger challenge for the Canadians, while the ranking points up for grabs will be similarly elevated this time around.

For Canada, the player pool remains the same as the previous two matches, with some notable absentees.

Luckily, Iceland find themselves in a similar situation with many of their key players not available as the majority of the big European leagues are in the midst of a busy window.

The match, however, will certainly have plenty of incentive to the Nordic nation as Iceland remain in contention for this summer’s Euro 2020 tournament. With a March 26 playoff fixture against Romania looming, Iceland will be looking to assess which players among those selected will join the first team which suits up come March.

Among the 23 players named to Canada’s squad for this trio of friendlies, only backup Goalkeepers James Pantemis and Marco Carducci have yet to feature this week. While Herdman has done a great job rotating his team, expectations are that the starting XI against Iceland reflects the best side available at this time.

Canada has met Iceland on just three occasions in the past, all of which were friendlies. Most recently, the two met roughly five years ago in January of 2015, playing to a 1-1 draw. Despite a weakened Icelandic outfit, this match should be the toughest of the three for the Canadians in the last ten days.

Through two matches, the plan has been executed to a T for Canada. Get some new players meaningful minutes for the senior team while picking up FIFA ranking points in the process (albeit very few).

Expectations coming into California would’ve been beating Barbados twice. The true test comes in a more formidable opponent in Iceland. A loss on Wednesday would likely put an end to any hope of Canada passing El Salvador before June. If they can make it three wins in three, the Hex hopes live to see another day.

Additional Notes:

  • FC Edmonton defender Amer Didic became both the first active Canadian Premier League player to start in a match for Canada as well as the first CPL player to score a goal for the Canadians with his headed finish in the 4-1 victory over Barbados on Friday.
  • Canada last faced a UEFA side when they drew Scotland 1-1 in a friendly in Edinburgh back in March 22nd, 2017.
  • Tosaint Ricketts can move into a tie for third place for all-time goals scored for Canada with a goal against Iceland.

How to Watch:

Wednesday’s match will be streamed by Canada Soccer on their website. You can also follow along for updates throughout the match on our Live Match Thread right here, or alternatively on Twitter @WakingtheRed

Kickoff for Wednesday’s match is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. EST.