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.
58' Sinclair springs Huitema down the right hand side, who cuts in but her shot doesn't make it through the traffic in front of the Costa Rican net. Canada's second corner of the night.— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) February 8, 2020
0-0 #CANWNT #CWOQ
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.
I mean they probably grind this out, but...man #CanWNT— Duane Rollins (@24thminute) February 8, 2020
45’ + 5’ - 5 minutes of stoppage time added.
40’ - YELOW CARD - CANADA - Issued to Chapman.
Physical game, this. Chapman just picked up Canada's 2nd yellow (1st was to Sinclair. Costa Rica also has a yellow,— John Molinaro (@JohnMolinaro) February 8, 2020
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?
We are experiencing some technical difficulties and are working as quickly as possible to address the issue.— OneSoccer (@onesoccer) February 8, 2020
Please bear with us! We're really sorry for the inconvenience.
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:
One win away from #Tokyo2020.— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) February 6, 2020
Watch #CANWNT face Costa Rica in the Concacaf Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship Semi-Finals on 7 February. Match live at 19.00 ET / 16.00 PT on https://t.co/OKOnUUxhPO! pic.twitter.com/QdwDtYuRcB
6:35PM - Pre-Game show on OneSoccer; free on Twitter.
LIVE | Canada vs Costa Rica Pre Show— OneSoccer (@onesoccer) February 7, 2020
Tonight's winner secures their ticket to Tokyo 2020!
Join @AndiPetrillo, @lauraarmy, @cmoscato4 and @adamkjenkins to get it started before kick off!
️ Join @GarethWheeler + @havaris_eva on the call! https://t.co/ZO5SnBWu1G
6:30PM - Spool up your OneSoccer, open your second and third screens. It’s win or go home time!
COSTA RICA (we can practice our Spanish reading comprehension):
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.