FIFA Women’s World Cup: Canada vs. Switzerland Score, Odds, Time

Frank Doyle | Sun. Jun 21 2015, 03:06 pm

Team Canada begins the knockout round with a stiff test against the Swiss in Vancouver on Sunday. A win sends them to the quarterfinals. 

Team Canada vs. Switzerland

Time: Sunday June 21, 7:30 p.m. ET, CTV

Odds: Canada -163 favorite, Switzerland +409 underdog, Draw +280

Location: BC Place, Vancouver, British Columbia

TV: CTV

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Final score: Canada moves on to the quarterfinals after a 1-0 victory. Josee Belanger scored Canada’s goal in the 52nd minute. 

Canada

Well, Team Canada has made it to the knockout round. That’s about as positive as you can be about the host country’s play so far in the Women’s World Cup. Team Canada’s defenders played well against Holland but were forced into desperation challenges far too often. Then, with three points just minutes away, the back line gave and Canada settle for a single point. It’s clear now that Christine Sinclair can’t carry the attack, which means the Canucks will need much more movement from central midfield and the wings. Canada hasn’t made the best of good chances throughout the tournament and that will catch up with this team sooner or later.

Woman to watch:

Sophie Schmidt, midfield: Schmidt came out of Canada’s last game with a hip injury, but is expected to play Sunday. Canada needs her in a supporting role, just behind Sinclair to push defenders back and create space. If she isn’t in top form, the Canucks could be in trouble.

Quote of note:

“There’s no David and Goliath story about this game. You’ve got a very organized team with two world-class strikers who play in the top teams in the world.” – Canada coach John Herdman.

Switzerland

The Swiss may have stumbled into a Round of 16 appearance by winning one and losing two of its round robin games, but this is a team that could give Canada a lot of trouble. Switzerland is a potent squad that tries to stay tight at the back before pouncing on counter-attack opportunities much like Holland. And when they get those chances, they put the ball away. The Swiss scored 53 times in 10 qualifying games and have been shut out just once in the last 33 games.

Woman to watch:

Ramona Bachmann, striker: Bachmann already has three goals and a helper in this tournament and the 24-year-old’s speed will keep Canada’s defence busy.

Quote of note:

“Now facing the host team, we have an atmosphere that will be unique. Regardless of the result, it will be an incredible experience for our young team. It’s fantastic to be playing in a near sold-out stadium.” – Switzerland coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg.

Prediction:

Canada 2, Switzerland 1.