Desiree Scott: “It’s their first Olympic tournament and they have nothing to lose. ” (Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports)
Canada women’s national team will have its eyes set on three points when it faces Chile in the second match of the group phase at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
The Maple Leafs sit in second place of Group E with Japan, after drawing the hosts 1-1 in the opening match of the tournament.
The match will take place at the Sapporo Dome in Sapporo, Japan Saturday at 03:30 a.m. ET.
“Chile will not be an easy team to beat,” Canada head coach Bev Priestman said. “They are a resilient team, they are aggressive, they like to player-mark, and that is not a style Canada is used to play with. We will need to be clinical and have the right mindset, but I do believe we can get the three points.”
Canada and South Americans have only faced each other once before at the international level. Chile, participating in its first Olympic soccer tournament, was the 2013 winners against Canada with a 1-0 win at the Torneio Internacional in Brazil in 2013.
“I think it is going to be a competitive, hard-fought match,” Canadian midfielder Desiree Scott said. “It’s their first Olympic tournament and they have nothing to lose. Physically, we will have to battle and go toe-to-toe with them. We will have to be confident in our attack and defensively not allowing them anything.”
Canada will wrap up the group phase against Great Britain in Kashima July 27 at 7 a.m. ET. From 12 nations in three groups, the top eight nations advance to the quarterfinals from which winners then advance to the semifinals and a chance to win a medal.