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Canada v New Zealand Live Commentary, 15/06/2019

FT
2 - 0
CAN
NZL
J. Fleming (48)
N. Prince (79)
Stade des Alpes

Commentary

That will do it for our live coverage of this Women's World Cup match between Canada and New Zealand! We hope you enjoyed following along, and will join us again soon!
Having already advanced, Canada will not be too worried about having to secure a result against Netherlands next time out. New Zealand, on the other hand, have one more chance to try to stay in this tournament as a big enough win against Cameroon could see them snatch one of the four third-place slots.
Canada were the better team for about 80 minutes of this match and leave deserved winners. After some missed opportunities in the first half, they were finally able to find the back of the net through Fleming's first-time finish in the 48th minute and then put the game to bed when Prince slotted in from a Sinclair rebound (79'). The latter was so close to scoring in her fifth Women's World Cup, but will have to wait for another day to try and break that record. As for New Zealand, the defence that was so stout in the opening 45 minutes, were pulled all over the pitch from the start of the second half, and quickly conceded. With no attacking threat, they were under duress for the rest of the match and performed admirably in difficult conditions. A bit more attacking impetus from the Football Ferns may have changed things but, instead, Canada have clinched a spot in the round of 16 for a second consecutive tournament, and New Zealand will likely be heading home.
90' + 3' FULL-TIME: Canada 2-0 New Zealand
90' + 2' CHANCE! White twists in the air and attempts a diving header that missed just left of goal! That wouldn't have changed the result, but would have been a welcome moment of joy for New Zealand.
90' + 1' Lawrence fouls Riley on the edge of the Canadian penalty area, and New Zealand will have a late chance to get on the board.
90' There will be three minutes of added time.
88' Leon goes down in the box after a nudge from Percival, but the referee and VAR are both unmoved and play continues.
86' Canada win a corner off Bowen, and it will be their eighth of the match.
E. Kete
B. Hassett
New Zealand
85' New Zealand make a change as Kete enters the fray with Hassett making way.
A. Leon
N. Prince
Canada
84' Now Prince, who was simply superb in the second half, is replaced by Leon.
R. Quinn
J. Beckie
Canada
83' With the result all but secured, Quinn comes on for Beckie.
N. Prince
Goal
Canada
79' GOOALLLL! CANADA DOUBLE THEIR LEAD! Sinclair was found with a great cross at the back post and she headed it... into the post, but the rebound fell to Prince who slotted it into the back of the net! Prince definitely deserved a goal for her efforts today, though it is a touch unfortunate that Sinclair missed what would have been a record-breaking goal. Canada 2-0 New Zealand
78' Longo goes in with a heavy sliding challenge on Zadorsky in the centre circle and the former is called for the foul.
76' New Zealand have a half-chance as a cross from the right found the head of Erceg, but her attempt drifted left of goal and the 'keeper was never really troubled.
A. Chapman
J. Riviere
Canada
75' A swap in defence for Canada as Chapman comes on for Riviere.
73' SAVE! Prince was found with an excellent ball in by Sinclair, and the former lofted her header to the top-right corner of the goal... only to be denied by an incredible, athletic save from Nayler who was at full stretch!
71' A series of corners from Canada who have failed to do anything with them. Yet.
70' White fouls Beckie, and the latter wins the free-kick.
68' Canada are unbeaten in the last six matches in which they scored the first goal (W4, D2). At the moment, it looks quite likely that they will extend that record today.
66' Prince dribbles in from the left channel and shoots from just outside the box, but it was hit straight at Nayler who smothered it without too much trouble.
63' Expect Riley to move up to the left wing with Green filling the left back spot.
A. Green
S. Gregorius
New Zealand
62' There is a change in attack, but it's a striker being taken off rather than one being brought on by New Zealand as Gregorius is withdrawn in favour of Green.
60' 30 minutes left to play! Can Canada finish things off, or will New Zealand come up with a goal from somewhere to get back into this match?
59' CHANCE! Beckie had her defender on skates out left and whipped in a perfect low cross into Prince who... hammered the ball into the pitch and wide with the goalmouth gaping! Another big chance wasted by Canada.
57' New Zealand surely have to bring on an attacking player soon in order to offer some threat going forward. There's only so much the defence can do when they're under threat for the prolonged stretches that they have been.
55' Prince, now on the right, surges past everyone again and it could have turned into another goalscoring opportunity had it not been for some heroic defending from Erceg. Corner to Canada.
53' It's been all Canada since the break. If New Zealand fail to compose themselves, this could get out of hand quite quickly.
51' You can't say the goal wasn't coming as Canada had recorded 12 shots in the first half... the most of any side at this Women's World Cup without scoring.
50' CHANCE! Sinclair blazes a shot over the cross-bar from incredibly close range after a pass in from Beckie! How has the former missed from there?!
N. Prince
Assist
Canada
48' Prince drifted out wide and then beat everyone for pace before cutting into the box and playing a perfectly weighted ball to Fleming who slotted her shot in coolly!
J. Fleming
Goal
Canada
48' GOOOALLLL!!!!! CANADA OPEN THE SCORING! Prince went on a blistering run down the left wing, dribbled into the box, and laid the ball back to Fleming who struck the ball first-time and into the bottom-right corner of the goal! Clinical stuff from Canada there. Canada 1-0 New Zealand
47' CHANCE! Beckie drifts in from the left wing and attempts a curling effort that was aimed for the top-right corner of goal... but just missed! That wasn't too far off!
46' The referee's whistle sounds once more, and this match is back underway!
It will be interesting to see how these sides approach the second half. Canada have obviously had the ball for long stretches, but may need to bring Leon off the bench to offer another goalscoring threat that could break through the defence. As for New Zealand, the plan has been working thus far and the attack did finally click a bit heading into the break. Will they elect to keep things the same, or could they opt for another midfielder in order to compete a bit more in the centre of the pitch? Either way, we'll find out together!
We mentioned in the pre-match that this could wind up being a draw, and there's been nothing thus far to particularly disabuse anyone of that notion. Canada did dominate play for most of the opening 45 minutes, and had their chances via headers from Sinclair, Buchanan, and Schmidt, but they were unable to make any of them count. New Zealand, just like in their match against the Netherlands, seem content to sit back and absorb the pressure, and they've done a fantastic job of it thus far. They did finally manage to get forward a bit more in the final 10 minutes, and will hope to keep that momentum heading into the second half.
45' + 4' HALF-TIME: Canada 0-0 New Zealand
45' + 3' Longo is fouled in Canada's half, and New Zealand will have one final chance before the whistle.
45' + 1' After a lofted ball in from Schmidt, Sinclair tried a snapped header that wound up being closer to the corner flag than the goal. Disappointing attempt from a player of her quality.
45' There will be four minutes of added time.
43' Half-hearted penalty shout from Fleming who went down after some mild contact with Percival. The referee sees nothing wrong with it though, and play continues.
41' After a flurry of attacking play from New Zealand, that included a pair of missed headers by Chance and White, Canada are back on the ball and slowing things down.
39' SAVE! Labbe cuts out a dangerous cross that would have surely been a goal had she not acted! She parries it wide and New Zealand stay in attack.
37' It seems Chance will be able to continue after the injury.
36' Another New Zealand player down on the pitch as Chance has her knee checked by the medical staff.
34' After another prolonged attack, Canada's move comes to an end after Riviere's incisive pass forward was discounted due to offside.
32' New Zealand have yet to record a single shot with a third of the match now passed.
29' Beckie tries her luck with a right-footed shot from distance that was always rising, and never troubled Nayler.
27' Things are getting a bit sloppy in the midfield at the moment, which has been a kind reprieve for the New Zealand defence.
24' Percival, who is competing in her fourth World Cup by the by, wins a free-kick after a foul from Lawrence.
23' Canada clearly the dominant force in this match at the moment, having boasted 72.2 per cent of possession thus far.
21' CHANCE! Schmidt gets a free header from a corner... and skews it so badly that it stays in play! Lawrence collects on the left and sustains the attack.
20' The Canadians have shifted to more of a 4-2-3-1 formation with Fleming dropping a bit behind Sinclair.
18' CHANCE! Sinclair hits the crossbar with a header, and the ball bounces back to Buchanon who tries a header of her own that's cleared off the line! That was quite the scramble!
A. Longo
C. Bott
New Zealand
18' New Zealand replace the injured Bott with Longo.
18' Bott leaves the pitch, clearly upset, and with an air cast on her right arm. She will not be able to continue.
15' Play is halted as Bott, who blocked the Beckie cross, is down on the pitch and receiving medical attention.
14' Another Beckie cross, this one though is blocked behind for Canada's first corner of the match.
13' Beckie whips a cross in from the left, but is unable to pick out a team-mate and New Zealand clear.
11' The past few minutes have all been played in New Zealand's half, and they seem more than willing to sit back and absorb pressure for now.
9' SHOT! Canada have their first chance as Beckie gets a header from close range... that lacked both power and accuracy, and was caught by Nayler.
7' Things have been level in the early stages, as each side seems to still be feeling the other out.
5' Sinclair gets her first touch of the ball, flicking it on in the direction of Fleming, but the latter was second-best in the ensuing foot-race.
3' Canada already having joy down the left via the combination of Lawrence and Beckie.
2' For those interested, Canada wear all red while New Zealand don an all-white strip.
1' Referee Yoshimi Yamashita blows her whistle, and this match is underway!
Both sides are out on the pitch as the national anthems play throughout the Stade des Alpes. Not long to go now!
New Zealand make no changes to their starting XI after being just seconds away from holding on for a draw against the Netherlands on Tuesday. The defence, led by captain Ali Riley, are quite stout having conceded more than one goal in just 22% of their matches in 2019, and could cause issues for the Canadian forwards. As for themselves, New Zealand have a serious threat in attack in the form of Gregorius, who scored an impressive eight goals at the OFC Women’s Nations Cup.
New Zealand substitutes: Annalie Longo, Katie Duncan, Paige Satchell, Emma Kete, Nicole Stratford, Daisy Cleverley, Anna Green, Hannah Wilkinson, Nadia Olla, Sarah Morton, Steph Skilton, Victoria Esson.
New Zealand (4-4-2): Erin Nayler; Catherine Bott, Rebekah Stott, Abby Erceg, Ali Riley; Olivia Chance, Ria Percival, Katie Bowen, Betsy Hassett; Sarah Gregorius, Rosie White.
Canada make just one change after their 1-0 win against Cameroon in their World Cup opener with Chapman replaced by Riviere. Of course the focus today will be on Christine Sinclair, as she has another chance to become one of just nine players to have scored in five different Women’s World Cups! If the captain is unable to find the back of the net today, Canada also have a fantastic option off the bench in Leon, who led the team in scoring at the CONCACAF Women’s Championship with six goals.
Canada substitutes: Sabrina D’Angelo, Lindsay Agnew, Jordyn Huitema, Julia Grosso, Allysha Chapman, Gabrielle Carle, Rebecca Quinn, Deanne Rose, Shannon Woeller, Adriana Leon, Jenna Hellstrom, Kailen Sheridan.
Canada (4-4-2): Stephanie Labbe; Jayde Riviere, Kadeisha Buchanan, Shelina Zadorsky, Ashley Lawrence; Nichelle Prince, Desiree Scott, Sophie Schmidt, Janine Beckie; Christine Sinclair, Jessie Fleming.
Now, let's take a look at the team news!
We should be in for a very tight match today considering these two nations have drawn three of the last five times they’ve face one another. Add that to the fact that, at the World Cup, New Zealand have recorded draws in both of their matches against CONCACAF nations… and Canada have drawn twice against OFC opposition, and it looks quite likely that today’s scoreline will be level come the final whistle.
Canada come into this match knowing that a win would be enough to see them advance to the round of 16, while New Zealand will be hoping to break their 13-match winless streak at the Women’s World Cup (D3, L10), the longest of any nation.
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