A women’s soccer team will face Canada this Friday, 30, for the quarterfinals of the Tokyo Olympics. The match starts at 5:00 am (GMT) and will be broadcast live on open TV by Globo, on closed TV by SporTV and by Bandsports and by the streaming service Globoplay.
Brazil ended the first phase in second place in Group F, with the same seven points as the leader Netherlands, trailing on goal difference. Last Tuesday (27), the Brazilians beat Zambia 1-0. At the time, a good part of the holders was spared and should return against Canada. The only certain embezzlement is the defender Poliana, who suffered a blow to the head in front of the African women and will have to undergo an MRI to check for a concussion.
Canada qualified for the second place in Group E, with a victory (2-1 over Chile) and two draws (1-1 with Japan and Great Britain). Five years ago, the US team frustrated Brazil in the fight for the bronze medal at the Rio de Janeiro Games by winning the duel (played in São Paulo) by 2-1. Twelve of the 18 athletes who made up the Canadian squad in 2016 are in Tokyo.
In charge of Brazil since August 2019, Pia faced the Canadians four times. In November of that year, the team overcame its rivals: 4-0 in the China International Tournament. In March of last year, at the International Tournament in France, the teams tied for 2 to 2. In February this year, the team from the Canary Islands overcame the North American teams by 2 to 0 at She Believes, a competition held in Orlando (United States). A little over a month ago, in Cartagena (Spain), the teams did not start from scratch in the last friendly before the Olympics.
Interestingly, facing Canada in an Olympic knockout usually results in achievements for the teams led by Pia. At the Beijing Games (China) in 2008, the technique eliminated rivals in the quarterfinals and led the United States to the gold medal – against Brazil in the final, inclusive. Four years later, in London (Great Britain), in 2012, again ahead of the Americans, the Swedish dispatched the Canadians in the semifinals.
“Canada are a good team. The games against them are tight. I hope it’s a good game and that we can do our best in defense. [atacante Christine] Sinclair, who is experienced [duas vezes medalhista de bronze, com mais de 300 jogos pela seleção] and intelligent. We can’t let her dominate the match,” warned Pia, at a press conference this Thursday (29).
“A detail that we observed in previous games is that they follow a pattern of play. We have to find out what this pattern is and prepare our players, especially in attack. As for goals, I think it’s time to score in corner plays,” he added. the technique.
(*With information from Agência Brasil)