It’s a game where a team dominates enough to earn what could have been a comfortable victory but can’t find the scoring and the less-fancied team comes away with the three points. Canada’s Women’s National Team can certainly relate.
The team went in with five changes from the lineup that started on Thursday against Scotland and also featured teenagers Kadeisha Buchanan and Sura Yekka on the back line. Chile was up to the task against Canada in the first half, getting their goal late in the first half to get their 1:0 victory.
In the second half, Canada’s pressure seldom let-up and it was simple domination. Unfortunately, they just weren’t able to get the goal.
The loss means that a win against Brazil is essential if Canada wants to play in the tournament’s final on 22 December. Games against teams of the caliber of Brazil are the types of events that every player gets up for.
On Wednesday, Canada will have to be at their very best to beat Ballon D’or nominee Marta and the rest of her teammates.
“Roll on Brazil,” Herdman said, clearly excited at the prospect of playing one of the top-five teams in the world. “This is what we’re here for—to keep learning and keep getting better.”