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LIVE Match Thread: Canada 1 - 0 Costa Rica—2020 Olympic Qualifying

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The winner earns a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games; follow along with Jeffrey P. Nesker!

Soccer: 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship-Canada at USA Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

MATCH THREAD

FT - Canada punches their ticket back to the Olympics!

90’ + 3’ - 3 mins of extra time. Costa Rica pull their keeper on a set play, they almost squeak one in. Canada almost chips her on the way back.

86’ - YELLOW CARD - COSTA RICA:

85’ - COSTA RICA SUBSTITUTION:

74’ - COSTA RICA SUBSTITUTION:

72’ - GOAL! HUITEMA! CANADA 1 - 0 COSTA RICA. It was ugly, but they all count!

67’ - A crush in the Costa Rica 18 sees a few shots but still no breakthrough.

64’ - CANADA SUBSTITUTION:

63’ - Canada knock again but nada.

61’ - Beckie wide open on the left, great chance. Still goalless.

58’ - Heitema goes 1 on 4 but can’t finish. Corner to Canada.

54’ - The drama around service issues FAR more captivating than this snorefest.

50’ - Onesoccer going to YouTube for the second half.

46’ - 45 mins and maybe more to decide this.

HT - Locked at nil-nil.

45’ + 5’ - 5 minutes of stoppage time added.

40’ - YELOW CARD - CANADA - Issued to Chapman.

22’ - Cagey game. Not too many chances for either side.

15’ - Here’s a temp stream fro those affected by any shenanigans:

13’ - Weird. My feed is still humming. Did I just jinx myself?

11’ - Costa Rica putting tons of pressure on Canada. So far, we’re holding firm.

4’ - YELLOW CARD - CANADA - Issued to Christine Sinclair for an errant elbow. Her victim, Benevides, stays horizontal on the pitch for a spell, and comes back with her head bandaged. Ouch.

1’ - And we’re off in Los Angeles! (well, Carson).

6:48PM - CanSoc was nice enough to get us luddites yet another primer on how to watch the game:

6:35PM - Pre-Game show on OneSoccer; free on Twitter.

6:30PM - Spool up your OneSoccer, open your second and third screens. It’s win or go home time!


STARTING XI

CANADA:

COSTA RICA (we can practice our Spanish reading comprehension):


PREVIEW

Canada’s women’s national team will play Costa Rica on Friday for a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

The Canadian women (No. 8) went undefeated in the group stage, outscoring their opponents by a combined score of 22-0.

Costa Rica (No. 37), meanwhile, slipped up one time in round-robin action, losing to the strong Americans 6-0 in their final match. They’ll look to bounce back against Christine Sinclair’s side, but it won’t be easy as Canada owns a 13-0-0 all-time record over their Central American counterparts.

If Canada wins today, they’ll earn a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games, despite having to likely face the U.S. in a potential Concacaf Qualifying Tournament final.

If you’re wondering what the Canadian side’s strongest current team may look like, Ben had a great piece this morning predicting just that.


HOW TO WATCH

The game will once again be televised across various channels and streamed on OneSoccer. I’ll have a recap up shortly after the conclusion of the match as we see whether or not Canada secures their spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.