The Canadian women’s national team that faced Brazil on Saturday in Toronto was disjointed and deserved to lose. The Canadian women’s team that faced Brazil Tuesday in Ottawa was nothing like that.
Janine Beckie’s 94th-minute chip-shot goal gave Canada a 1-0 win, but the truth is, the Canadians deserved to win by more. Just like how Brazil deserved better than a 2-0 scoreline on the weekend, on Tuesday the Canadians didn’t deserve to have to wait till the end to get the result.
In fact, Beckie’s chip shot over Luciana, the Brazilian keeper who had just come in for the injured Barbara, made up for an earlier chance that was squandered. Just minutes before she scored the winner, Beckie was sent thanks to a wonderful pass from Sophie Schmidt. But, with the net right there in front of her, Beckie scuffed a shot right towards Barbara.
But it was good to see a striker who misses a clear chance pick herself up, get on with it, and then score on what was actually a more difficult opportunity to convert than than the one she’d slipped up on in the first place.
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