Canada defeats Australia 2-0 in Group F's opening match

by Sadie Mccarthy Agosto 6, 2016, 2:21
Canada defeats Australia 2-0 in Group F's opening match

The overriding theme was: Canada's ready.

Canada is fielding five teams in Rio: women's soccer, rugby sevens and basketball, along with men's field hockey and volleyball. And they ought to cop some critiquing for not getting it done against a 10-man Canada.

There were only a few reporters in the Corinthians Arena press conference room but if a volunteer had passed around a hat, it would have been quickly filled in a bid to support the plucky African team that was beaten 6-1 by No. 2 Germany in its Olympic debut.

Veteran and two-time Olympian Lisa De Vanna was introduced on the hour mark to add a further attacking threat, though Canada's organsied and sometimes desperate structure proved a task too great for Australia's impressive attacking line up.

"The energy in the village is palpable".

The Australians, however, quickly keyed in on Canada's defensive flaw: balls in behind. The 34-year-old from Ancaster, Ont., has 120 caps for Canada, with 25 goals and 20 assists.

There's every reason to believe Canada will reach, and even exceed, its medal target in Rio. Pendrel, a two-time world champion is ranked seventh.

The goal is a top-12 finish in final medal standings among the 205 countries competing. The road to the Olympics hasn't been quite easy.

Janine Beckie is better at soccer than most people.

Local athletes too are concerned for their safety in Rio. Four years ago in London, Canada won a historic bronze medal, the nation's first in a summer team sport since 1936.

As for the fears surrounding terrorism and street crime, Smith said the RCMP is on the case and coordinating with police agencies from nations the world over. "That's our goal, to prove that London wasn't a fluke and we're a power". "Definitely, it's a bit of a different mindset going in for me, but my biggest thing is to try not to hype it up too much in my own head and make it any bigger than it already is". She finished 16th in the 2012 Olympics.

"Beach volleyball: One of the shortest women on tour at 5'7", Victoria's Jamie Broder made Canadian history with her partner Kristina Valjas in April 2014.

That's, of course, putting the cart several towns ahead of the horse.

Hosts Brazil were dominant in their campaign opener with a 3-0 win over China.

But the Canadians lost Zadorsky to a red card in the 19th minute, leaving Canada a player short for the remainder of the contest to nurse the slim lead.

In another match prior to tonight's official opening ceremony, the New Zealand Football Ferns were outclassed by world champions the United States. Then came allegations of grandiose spending on a $2.9-million boardroom in the COC's new headquarters in Montreal. Her latest obstacle was toxic mould infection. That condition had her on antibiotics for 15 months, but she shook it off in time to qualify for Rio.

Stajcic will be asking them internally; the nation is right to do the same from outside.

Heyman was through on goal before Zadorsky's intervention, the dismissal produced by French referee Stephanie Frappart an accurate one.


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