Canada v New Zealand | Group Stage 2019
After an amazing and well-deserved 2-0 victory over NZ, Canada will be in the last 16 at France 2019. The North Americans deserves the least for a slick and dominant performance at the Stade des Alpes for goals by Jessie Fleming and Nichelle Prince.
Coach Tom Sermanni from New Zealand states that in the first quarter CJ Bott fractured her wrist. The defender is now in hospital and the squad awaits a serious injury update.
“The message at half-time was: ‘Continue what you’re doing’. We were creating more and more opportunities, and just needed to show a bit more aggression in the penalty box. We benefited from those first-half efforts in the way we played in the second half. We reached another level today in the way we got around some of their defensive structures. We have a very intelligent group of players who can switch between modes within games, and they did a very good job today. New Zealand are a hard team to beat but we expect a step up against the Dutch and we’ll need to look closely and see where we can hurt them.”
Kenneth Heiner-Moller, Canada coach
In 256 minutes of play, Canada did not award an FIFA Women’s World Cup objective. In 2015, Lucy bronze from England went the last to fly into their web.
After that remarkable victory over New Zealand, Canada’s teams and supporters rejoiced together. You can start to plan a longer stay in France already.
Now, that’s 14 games, without win in the Women’s World Cup in New Zealand. They’re desperate to improve against Cameroon with 11 losses, 3 draws, and zéro wins.
“We’re excited as a group to get the win. We wanted to come out of the group stage with three wins, so that’s two down and one to go.”
Jessie Fleming, Player of the Match
Believe it or not, this is the first moment since China 2007, when Canada won 2-2 draws with Australia, that it’s more than once in a World Cup match for women.
The first half saw that, through an apparently impenetrable New Zealand defense, Canada pushed patiently, but perhaps more reservedly than they had liked. Starting with a goal in the second half, Canada used it to keep up the pressure, avoid any chance of being a parity player, and score a second to complete.
“I think we were holding on from the start to be honest and never got a foothold in the game. We were thoroughly outplayed, so I have to congratulate Canada on an outstanding performance. But some of the things we did well against the Dutch, we didn’t do tonight. I don’t think we won a challenge or won any kind of loose ball, and we never got close enough to put pressure on any Canadian players. You can’t take away from how well Canada played. But on the other hand we never got close to them physically or put them under any pressure.”
Tom Sermanni, New Zealand coach
The first strike was the influential defender CJ Bott, who tried to keep his hands and make something for the attacks. The first half was good but the pace of Nichelle Prince, who had Jessie Fleming in place for the opener, was ruled out. Then Prince poached her own, 11 minutes into the game. It will be a second round of uphill fight with two casualties, two main wounds and less or three goals difference with a victory over Cameroon on Thursday.