I’ll try to put something more substantive out later when I’ve got a bit more time but a few quick thoughts.
- Some interesting set pieces by Canada. Obviously a lot of thought has gone into them but the more complex ones were poorly executed while the Sinclair’s goal on the free kick was obviously perfectly executed.
- The Germans were rampant and 2-1 flattered Canada. It was a game where the possession stats (51:49 for Canada) did not tell the story of the game. Erin McLeod was outstanding on everything except the first goal where she got caught tracking a cross she had no chance of getting and ended up in position to make a save
- Clare Rustad and Jason DeVos were both excellent as CBC’s analysts. Their comments was spot on and it was communicated very well. What was most refreshing was the willingness to not be patronizing. Mistakes were pointed out. Individual players were held accountable for actions. To not do so and just give pats on the head is insulting to the players and to the women’s game in general. The positive comments carry no authority if the mistakes are not noted equally.
- Canada’s back four was just not quick enough or fleet of foot enough to deal with German attacks when they didn’t have the ball and German pressure when they did have the ball. Candace Chapman is the only exception to that.
- Losing by just one goal (and scoring) compared to what should really have been at least a three goal margin on the balance of play could end up being huge for Canada’s prospects for advancing. I think this is going to be a tight group and goal difference could determine who advances.
- Would it have been a different game if Christine Sinclair had slotted that first chance in the first six minutes? No, I don’t think so. Germany are so good they would just have persisted and eventually got their goals.