Canada was able to advance to the quarterfinals of the women's Olympic soccer tournament after drawing 1-1 with Great Britain on Tuesday.
Canada came within six regulation minutes of earning three points in a win against Great Britain, until Caroline Weir spoiled the party with an 85th minute strike that found its way through the Canadian side’s porous defense. Canada finished in second place in Group E.
Canada vs. Brazil Knockout Stage Betting Odds
Will Canada be able to earn their third consecutive Olympic medal at Tokyo 2020? The last time they did was at Rio 2016, when they defeated Brazil at home. They’ll be looking to find the same chemistry on the field when they face Brazil in these quarterfinals.
However, since Rio, the Canadians haven’t found a way to beat the Brazilians in their last four meetings. Brazil is favoured on the Olympic soccer odds.
Head coach Bev Priestman raised some eyebrows as she decided to rest Canada’s legendary captain – Christine Sinclair – in their game against Great Britain, which ended in a draw early Tuesday morning. Priestman rotated in other players who had been on the sidelines, including veteran Sophie Schmidt. Taking over captain duties for Sinclair was Kadeisha Buchanan.
Netminder Stephanie Labbé overcame a rib injury to get the start in the match, and after the game against Great Britain, expressed confidence in her team as they head into the knockout stage, saying “we are undefeated in three games and we’ve put ourselves in control of our own destiny. We know what our ultimate goal is, and we’re on our way to that.”
Defeating Great Britain would have given the Canadians the chance to play Australia, who are coming off a 0-0 draw with the United States. If any of the knockout round matches finish in a draw after regulation time, 30 minutes of extra time will be played. If no winner prevails after extra time, the game will be decided by penalty kicks.
Brazil has nine goals in three games so far in this tournament, which means their aggressive offence will be the biggest challenge Canada’s defense has faced so far. The Canadian side will have to find a way to contain Brazilian superstar Marta, who just became the first player to score in five consecutive Olympic games. Marta scored twice in Brazil’s 5-0 routing of China.
Brazil is coached by Pia Sundhage, who used to be the head coach of the United States women’s team and the Swedish women’s team.