Canada beats Brazil for second straight Olympic bronze

The Equalizer Staff August 19, 2016 60
Christine Sinclair scored the game-winner as Canada won a second straight Olympic bronze medal in women's soccer.

Christine Sinclair scored the game-winner as Canada won a second straight Olympic bronze medal in women’s soccer.

Canada claimed a second straight Olympic bronze medal on Friday, defeating 2016 Rio Games host Brazil, 2-1.

Canada captain and all-time leading scorer Christine Sinclair scored the game-winning goal in the 52nd minute, collecting a low cross from Deanne Rose and finishing from close range.

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It was Rose who put Canada ahead in the 25th minute, finishing off a clinical Canada counter attack. Marta’s free kick for Brazil failed to clear Canada’s defensive line, and Rafaelle was then dispossessed after an indecisive few seconds on the ball. Canada stormed the other direction through Ashley Lawrence on the left flank. With Brazil caught out on the counter, Lawrence’s low cross hit Rose in stride. Rose, 17, became the youngest Olympics goal-scorer ever. The goal was the first conceded by Brazil in 356 minutes of Olympic play.

Brazil fought back late through a Beatriz goal in the 79th minute, ending a 413-minute scoring drought for Brazil.

Canada’s first-ever Olympic medal in women’s soccer came in London four years ago, when the team earned bronze. Canada exited the 2015 World Cup in the quarterfinals, but rebounded to earn another bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Games after a strong group stage and quarterfinal led to defeat against Germany in the semifinal.

Brazil settles for fourth after hopes for a first gold medal on home soil were squashed by Sweden in penalty kicks in the semifinal. Brazil’s best finish at an Olympics came in 2004 and 2008, earning the silver medal both times.

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  • Steglitz49

    Well done, Canada! Congratulations and celebrations.

  • JL

    Disappointing that thug ball was rewarded today. All we need is for Sweden’s triple decker bus to win gold and this will be the worst Olympics ever.

    • Guest

      I think the only possible way it could have been worse/more boring is if China had Brazil’s spot in the QF

      • Steglitz49

        China lost to Germany though they almost drew in spite of playing a player down. Had that PK gone in instead of hit the post …

    • Steglitz49

      What I saw of the match, there was not much thuggery and the first goal was outstanding.

      • Guest

        Rewatch Tancredi closely in the last 20 minutes, especially when she is defending crosses/set pieces in her defensive 18 yard box.

        • Guest

          Yeah, she looked especially menacing on the bench after subbing off in the 69th minute. (Thanks for your made up analysis tho.)

          • Guest

            *last 20 minutes of when she was on the field. Thanks for the correction.

      • Ethan

        You focus on the first goal? What about Fleming on Canada’s second? That was lovely.

        • luke

          Fleming showcased all her best in that moment: quickness. perseverance, hustling, dribbling, field vision and passing accuracy. Amazing play.

        • Steglitz49

          We were watching the show jumping. Nick Skelton gold and Fredricson silver.

    • ladywing

      From most of the comments people are OK with thug ball. I am not either.

    • sudeep das

      It has been an entertaining final though. Sweden playing a more attacking game. Lotta Schelin having a phenomenal match so far.

      • Ethan

        True. Good chance off of Asllani’s cross. How did Mittag miss though?

        • sudeep das

          Exactly – the score should have been 2-2 at half time.

  • RIP ME

    NOBODY DESERVES

  • Guest

    I would rather rewatch the last two Sweden matches with Heather Mitts cheerleader commentary than watch Tancredi and a few of the other defensive linemen get medals

  • Peter

    Congrats Canada! They outplayed Brazil! Brazil had only one goal-scoring chance during the whole game (Debinha, 78 minute). Both Canadian goals showed poor defending by Brazil.

  • luke

    18yo Jessie Fleming is a phenomenal footballer:
    – great technique: great first touch, passing, tricky turns and effective dribbler,
    – amazing field vision – like Morgan Brian she sees the opportunities in a blink of an eye – her only problem was, if her Tanc wished to make the run for a perfect ball,
    – without doubt the smartest and most accurate passer on CanWNT,
    – great on field movement – notice how she was foreseeing where pressed Brazilians are gonna turn and pass and closing those lanes,
    – relentless in ball hustling – disrupts and dominates the midfields of greatest technical players in the game,
    – very quick: Buchanan, Lawrence and Matheson are the fastest runners per se, but Fleming has probably quickest first step and 5-10y acceleration on the team,
    – stamina of a genetic freak: basically never tired, never slowing down (maybe because she was a state-champion long distance runner in highschool lol)
    – big heart fighter (bodychecking and sliding under Marta’s and French stars legs like it’s just another HS game!).

    Let’s pray for the kid’s health and we’re gonna have the star to admire for years to come. Wow, Canada.

    • Peter

      Yeah, if there were an award for best young player of the tournament, Fleming would be a deserving recipient.

    • mockmook

      I get the impression that you like Fleming…

      • luke

        I adore her since I’ve noticed her at 2014 U17 World Cup.
        She’s younger, upgraded Canadian Morgan Brian – two midfield geniuses. Moe is a better striker though.

    • Ashley C

      I have a feeling she will do very well at UCLA. Being in a professional environment like that and playing soccer constantly will only make her better.

    • Forgedias

      Yeah I am a fan of Jessie Fleming as well. Just disappointing i won’t be able to see Mallory Pugh with her at UCLA in college since I am thinking she will be going pro next year. She red shirted this year to be in the Olympics and the U20 but my thinking she will be done with college after that.Still she is going to boss the midfield right away and more then likely do very well.

      The one that caught my eye was Ashley Lawrence, she has been the best back through out the whole competition. I expect her to make the first team XI. Her amazing pace, ability to dribble right at her opponent. The fact that she is a left footed player but is easily able to transition to either the left or right side. Her shot when she went 4v1 on the right side was a wicked right footed shot.

      She still has a year left in college where she plays midfield for West Virginia. But suspect that she will be a most sought after player in the NWSL draft. Her stock has really risen with her being shifted to outside back by Canada from midfield where she wasn’t getting much time. The Olympic feed, the british commentators were all raving about her and I agree with them.

  • Rdalford

    Canada v Brazil attendance 39,718 for this bronze medal match in Sao Paulo

    • Rdalford

      match report on OG Rio2016.com site is source for attendance number

    • Steglitz49

      How big is the stadium?

      • Rdalford

        The Corinthians stadium in Sao Paulo has 49,205 capacity (per wiki) which was increased by adding temp seats up to about 68K for the 2014 WC matches. Best Sao Paulo attendance during this 2016 OG was the men’s Brazil vs Colombia match with 41,560 in Sao Paulo. The 39,718 WNT Brazil vs Canada was a very good woso/Brazil WNT attendance and all the woso OG matches in Sao Paulo had good attendance (group matches 20251 and 37475 then 38,688 for quarter final, now 39,718 for bronze medal match).

        • Steglitz49

          Thank you. That was my point. 80% full for a consolation match is pretty good going.

  • George

    Lets see – 4 years ago they won the bronze. Now after 4 years of shaking up the lineup and bringing on ‘better and younger’ players they win a bronze medal. Steady improvement. USA goes from gold to nada after getting rid of their veterans, hummmm. Go Sweden, no need for improvement but just have Pia outsmart everyone else.

    • Guest

      Not all of the veterans are gone – in fact two very problematic ones are still in the picture.

      Would you prefer Wambach, Boxx and Rampone to still be on the field on segways?

      • ladywing

        We might have done better.

        • Guest

          Might have done better with what?

          • ladywing

            Do you not recognize irony? If not that was it. If you just want to pick a fight I’m not interested.

          • krausch

            What irony? The US carried an injured unfit vet that hadn’t played in a year to a small roster tourney, and lost.

          • Guest

            Bye

          • kernel_thai

            Well, it’s true that the last 60 minutes or so of the US/Sweden match the US was desperately looking to put a cross on Wambach’s head. Did the memo not go out about Wambach’s retirement?

          • Guest

            Extremely poor coaching from my view by Ellis.

          • Guest

            Well then they should have brought a player like Jess McDonald if that was going to be there desperation tactic.

          • mockmook

            Or Horan…

    • David K Anderson

      The problem wasn’t getting rid of veterans. It was having (some of) the ones that remain seemingly dictate the roster and tactics.

      • guest

        which will likely be the same problem again in four years. some things never change.

    • x

      …why is getting a bronze one year, stalling out in the quarterfinals three years later, and getting a bronze the next year something you consider “steady improvement”?

      • frosty

        In 2012 Canada was one of the two third-ranked teams to advance (1-1-1 in their group), and their only victories were against South Africa and Great Britain, which was only formed a year earlier because as hosts, they needed a team.

        In 2016 they were undefeated in the group of death and defeated France, Australia, Germany.

  • sudeep das

    Meanwhile a great game of hockey being played for the gold medal by the Dutch and British ladies. Score tied at 3-3 with 4 minutes to go.

    • guest

      Yeah, I saw that. England won. The game finished tied. No OT, straight to PK’s. You get 8 seconds to score. The coaches on the bench we’re in agony like “My women’s field hockey coaching career is finished! Now what will I do??” Interesting sport, that.

  • Miami66

    Now can they beat the United States? 2001 was a long time ago. I’m hoping they get it over with soon so we don’t have to worry about it coming at the worst moment for the US (2019 WWC).

  • Guest

    Is the return of the Weltmeister imminent?

    • guest

      at this point we have to pray the german men lose to brazil in the football final.

  • So will this drop the USWNT out of the #1 ranking in the world with Germany winning?

    • Craigaroo

      No.

    • x

      Hard to say. We went +84 relative to Germany in the WC last year, but we also beat them 2-0, which was really important in that change, then beat #4 Japan 5-2. Since ELO considers margins, those were big points. The big US point shifts will be tying Colombia (big drop) and beating France (should at least cancel out the FIFA-tie against Sweden). So I’d expect the US to drop maybe 30 points.
      Germany’s problem is that the only top-5 ELO team they played against was Australia, whom they drew. It’s hard to gain ELO points as a top team when you’re not playing the teams ELO likes best, and any ELO improvement for Sweden from the US game is going to get preemptively killed by their awful group play (and since Sweden’s ELO was 100 points below Germany’s, a 1-goal win isn’t going to impress ELO that much). Germany’s other problem is that they lost a group game to Canada. Winning the other game 2-0 helps, but I’m guessing they only go up about 20 points.
      Considering USWNT came into the tournament with a 50-point lead over Germany, I’m ballparking the new margin at -10 to +10 and I’m not sure who the FIFA #1 will be.

      • Steglitz49

        USA’s match with Sweden was a draw for ranking purposes. It would have been a loss with a competent referee crew.

        Japan never made #1. They did not even make #2, I think. Seeing that FIFA ignores the rankings when it suits them, they are hardly worth a pitcher of warm spit.

  • Camoes

    Hurrah! The winner of the Loser Bowl is Canada. Congratulations on coming in Turd.

    Brazil are a disgrace. They didn’t want to be out there. It was gold or nothing.

    • Ashley C

      You sound bitter.

    • WOSO Fan

      Biggest loser was the USA. Juvenile US fans try to make themselves feel better by disrespecting the accomplishments of others. Hope you didn’t spend too much time on this.

  • Lorehead

    Oh, Sinqi, you’re so fine, you’re so fine you blow my mind.

  • newsouth

    figured brasil would lay a golden egg for this match.

  • thegirlnextdior

    John Herdman is the man!

  • Breakers fan

    Off-topic but any Canadians (or anyone else) going to watch or witness in person The Tragically Hip’s (maybe) final show tonight in Kingston, Ontario? As a big fan for many years I’ll be watching on my computer at home. Great band!