The Canadian women’s national team has only beaten the French on one past occasion; of course, that was the bronze medal match at the 2012 Olympics.
France goes into the 2016 Olympics as a podium favourite; Canada is a podium outsider. At the 2015 Women’s World Cup, according to FIFA’s technical analysis, France had the highest rate of possession of any of the 24 teams taking part — at 60 per cent.
But, when the two teams met Saturday in Auxerre in their final pre-Olympic friendly, France started a “B” side that, well, didn’t pass the Canadians into the ground. But, even though Canada didn’t look overmatched by the world’s No. 3-ranked women’s soccer nation, a series of key mistakes allowed the French to claim a 1-0 win.
And if these kind of mistakes show up during Canada’s games at the Rio Olympics, its stay in Brazil will be short.
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