This is the first time that Canada has made it to a World Cup quarter-final since 2003 when they finished the tournament in 4th place. It was also a first when Canada beat a European team (Switzerland) to reach the 2015 quarterfinals. Now Canada ranked (8th) meets England ranked (6th).
Canada’s Road to the Quarterfinals
Canada had a win over China and tied New Zealand and the Netherlands. This put them in first place in Group A. Then they met 19th rank Switzerland and won 1-0. Over 53,000 fans were elated.
Josee Belanger scored the lone marker for Canada against Switzerland and Erin McLeod made a point-blank, game-saving save off Vanessa Bernauer at the edge of the 6-yard box to preserve the victory.
England’s Route to the Quarterfinals
England lost their opening match to France before beating Mexico and Colombia en route to a second place finish in Group F. They beat 11th ranked Norway 2-1 in a tough Round of 16 matchup. The win was a come from behind thriller, with their goals scored in the 61st and 76th minute to secure the victory.
Canada lost to the USA in the semi-finals of the 2012 Olympics held in London. There was a dubious call from a Norweigan referee that led to Canada’s loss. On the otherhand, Canada defeated England in the quarter finals and went on to play the USA.
Vancouver is the Setting
B.C. Place, Vancouver will be packed with over 54,000 fans. Canada’s captain, Christine Sinclair comes from British Columbia. It will be an amazing game. I am NOT looking forward to shoot-outs – I personally hate them. paula.