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quote:Originally posted by redhat

Excellent results! To come back after down 3-0 must offer some confidence

for our girls. China won't be easy, but neither was Germany. Go Timko!

I really doubt China is as strong as Germany - but we'll know soon enough. This was an excellent result for Canada, psychologically and strategically. Great comeback and Canada is positioned to avoid Germany and the USA until the final.

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China should be a good game, but we should still be able to handle them. I'm interested in the possible Semi-Final game. Realistically the Quarterfinal should be Brazil-Russia, but Spain still has a very remote chance of advancing to replace Russia in that match. Brazil should be able to win that match, but does anyone know of any recent meetings between Canada and Brazil at this level?

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quote:Originally posted by devioustrevor

China should be a good game, but we should still be able to handle them. I'm interested in the possible Semi-Final game. Realistically the Quarterfinal should be Brazil-Russia, but Spain still has a very remote chance of advancing to replace Russia in that match. Brazil should be able to win that match, but does anyone know of any recent meetings between Canada and Brazil at this level?

I don't believe we've faced them since we last met at the semi-finals in 2002 in Edmonton. A very tight game, more of a South American circus really, where we eventually won on penalties. The officiating was some of the worst I've seen at this level--and that isn't saying much--and the Brazilian team and officials displayed the sort of antics and poor-sportsmanship that we often come to expect from our central american opponents and the odd brazilian player (Rivaldo!!)

China and Brazil will be tough, but our physical size, strength and pace should prove difficult for both teams to contain. Now, if we would only learn to pass the ball to an open winger...

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Women's Under-19 Team

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Canada draw with Germany in 3-3 Slugfest

Bangkok, Thailand – Canada’s U19 Women’s National and their German counterparts treated the 2,500 spectators on hand to an entertaining match that featured outrageous goals from both teams. But the Canucks had to battle back from three goals down to share points with Germany on a tremendously muggy evening in Bangkok.

The Europeans threatened to run away with the encounter when they dashed out to a three goal lead in the opening forty minutes but a two-goal barrage in the dying minutes of the opening half by a battle-hardened Canada threw the result up in the air.

In the 63rd minute, Canada’s Brittany Timko equalized and the comeback had been completed. Both teams searched for the winner but a combination of the heat and the first half fireworks may have sapped both teams.

Making her return to the starting lineup was Emily Zurrer, who returned to partner Canadian captain, Kara Lang, in central defense. Sophie Schmidt was shifted forward in a holding role, solidifying Canada’s backline.

But, in minute four, the Canucks found themselves in un-chartered water. A German corner from the left was served to the top of the Canadian area. Patricia Hanebeck, who had ghosted in to meet the cross spanked a right-footed volley toward Stacey Van Boxmeer’s goal. The Canadian managed to get her hand to the thundering shot but was unable to keep it from hitting the back of the net.

Six minutes later, it was two.

A foraging run by Hanebeck drew both of Canada’s central defenders and as the two advanced, the German slipped a pass through to Anja Mittag who had been tip-toeing along the Canadian backline. Mittag rode the challenge of Van Boxmeer and coolly rounded the Collingwood, ON native, moved the ball from left foot to right, and passed her fourth of the tournament into the side-netting.

Suddenly the match exploded and in the span five minutes, it was 3-2.

Mittag started the ridiculousness in minute 37 with an outrageous strike from 30 yards out. The German hit a freekick with the outside of her right boot that sliced toward the upper right corner of the Canadian goal. Van Boxmeer, even at full stretch, could only watch as the German’s shot sliced in off the post to stretch the lead to three.

Not to be outdone, and probably a tad annoyed, Kara Lang stepped up to a Canadian freekick almost 35 yards from the German goal three minutes later. The Oakville, ON native’s thundering shot whistled toward Tessa Rinkes’ goal but the German probably heard more than she saw as Lang’s rasping drive whistled into the roof of the net.

The goal seemed to ignite the Canucks and two minutes later they found themselves within a goal.

Brittany Timko (Coquitlam, BC) made a rampaging run toward the left corner of the German penalty area where she was met by two Germans. Timko, off balance after a challenge from the two defenders, managed to toe a ball for Veronique Maranda (St-Lambert, QC) who had just joined foray. Maranda coolly shifted the ball to her preferred right foot and then hit an audacious shot from just over 25 yards out that dipped just under the German’s crossbar.

Both teams returned from the well-deserved interval full of running. But despite some teasing moments, neither could breach each other’s goal.

But just when things started to settle, Timko made her appearance known.

Josee Belanger (Coaticook, QC) flicked a ball into the space that she just vacated and as usual, Timko was quickest to react. The wiry striker outpaced her marker into the area then out waited Rinkes and slid her sixth of the tournament inside the German’s near post.

The Canucks, still looking like they had a few more goals in them, surged forward in search of the winner but in the end had to settle for a share of the spoils.

"We played a good match tonight and all of the goals were finished extremely well,” said Canada Head Coach Ian Bridge during his post-match press conference.

“There were some defensive errors however but in the end, I think a draw was a fair result. We are where we wanted to be (in the Quarterfinals) and now must prepare for the knockout stage.”

The draw means that Canada finishes second and the Germans finish atop group A based on a superior goal difference. Canada will now play the People’s Republic of China on Sunday, November 21 in Bangkok while the Germans travel to Chiang Mai where they will wait to find out their Quarterfinal opponent after the opening round is completed on November 18.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

FIFA U19 Women’s World Championship – First Round – Group A

Supachalasai Stadium


Attendance: 2,500

CANADA – 3 (2)

GERMANY – 3 (3)

Goals: CANADA – LANG Kara 40’; MARANDA 42’; TIMKO 63’; GERMANY – HANEBECK Patricia 4’; MITTAG Anja 10’, 37’

Cautions: CANADA – DENNIS Tanya 17’; JAMANI 90+; GERMANY – JOKUSCHIES Nina 33’, THOMAS Karolin 79’

Expulsions: None

CANADA: 1–VAN BOXMEER Stacey; 2–RADCHUCK Katie; 3–GAYLE Robyn; 4–DENNIS Tanya (BELANGER Josee 46’); 5–ZURRER Emily; 8–MARANDA Veronique; 7–CICCHINI Amanda (10–IACHELLI Selenia 75’); 14–JAMANI Aysha (21–RABER Sari 90+); 15–LANG Kara (Capt.); 16–SCHMIDT Sophie; 17–TIMKO Brittany

Head Coach: BRIDGE Ian (CAN)

Subs not used: 6–LABRECQUE Justine; 9–ROBINSON Jodi-Ann; 11–; 12–BAZOS Katarina; 13–EVERRETT Deanna; 18–LEROUX Sydney; 19–MCNULTY Erin; 20–LABBE Stephanie

GERMANY: 1–RINKES Tessa; 2–KUZNIK Peggy; 3–VAN BONN Anne (15–MPALASKAS Stephanie 22’); 5–KRAHN Annike; 6–THOMAS Karolin; 9–MITTAG Anja (19–BLAESSE Anna 46’); 11–LAUDEHR Simone; 16–NIEMEIER Annika; 17–FELDBACHER Angelika; 18–JOKUSCHIES Nina; 20–HANEBECK Patricia

Head Coach: NEID, Silvia (GER)

Subs not used: 7–BEHRINGER Melanie; 8–GOESSLING Lena; 10–OKOYINO DA MBABI Celia;; 12–LAENGERT Kathrin; 13–HAUER Elena; 14–SCHIEWE Carolin; 21–VEEH Carolin

Referee: Sarah GIRARD (FRA); A1: DE JONG Anouk (NED); A2: PARGA RODRIGUEZ Yolanda (ESP); Fourth Official: HONG Eun Ah (KOR)



Lang sparks rally


BANGKOK (CP) - In a game filled with spectacular goals, Canada clawed its way back from a three-goal deficit Tuesday to tie Germany 3-3 in a heavyweight matchup at the world women's under-19 soccer championship.

Kara Lang and Veronique Maranda sparked the Canadian rally with goals in the 40th and 42nd minute after German goals in the fourth, 10th and 37th minute.

Then Brittany Timko, with her tournament-leading sixth goal in three games, capped the comeback in the 63rd minute in front of 2,500 people at Bangkok's National Stadium.

"Down 3-0 against Germany I was thinking it was time to rest some players but the players weren't having any of that," said Canadian coach Ian Bridge. "They showed how passionate and driven they are.

"This was a game that almost meant nothing, but they wanted to win. I'm so happy with the way they battled back."

While Canada earned a measure of respect in mounting a comeback, Germany won Group A on goal difference. Both teams finished the preliminary round at 2-0-1 but the three-time European champions had a better goal difference: plus-10 to plus-eight.

The draw keeps Canada in Bangkok where it will play Group B runner-up China on Sunday.

As group winners, Germany should have an easier quarter-final matchup against one of the third-place finishers in the other pools. But a likely semifinal date with the defending champion Americans also looms.

Should Canada wins its quarter-final, its semifinal foe would probably be one of Brazil, Russia or Spain.

China lost 2-1 to Brazil on Tuesday to finish second behind the South Americans in Group B. Both teams were 2-1-0 and had the same goal difference, but Brazil won the group by virtue of scoring two more goals than the Chinese.

In other action Tuesday, Italy and Nigeria played to a 1-1 draw and Australia thumped Thailand 5-0.

The first two teams in each of the three groups, plus the two best third-place finishers, advance to the quarter-finals plus the best two third-place sides.

The Canadians came into the match knowing they needed to beat the Germans to win the group.

The Germans had other ideas, however. Germany scored three times in the first half to take the lead off of a Patricia Hanebeck wonder strike and a pair of goals by Anja Mittag, who raised her tournament total to five.

Both Canada and Germany came out with a fast and physical style of play. However, it was the Germans who controlled the game early and they were rewarded in just the fourth minute when Hanebeck scored a spectacular goal. The German striker found herself unmarked from 12 yards out and volleyed a corner kick from Karolin Thomas into the top right-hand corner of the net.

In the 10th minute, the Germans added to their lead when Hanebeck dribbled around the Canadian 18-yard box and then fired a shot towards goal. The shot was blocked and fell right into the path of a cutting Mittag. The German just beat Canada's keeper Stacey Van Boxmeer to the ball and, despite being forced to the goalline, managed to slot the ball home from the tightest of angles.

Canada, outplayed up until this point, began to turn the game around largely due to the pesky running of Aysha Jamani and the gritty work of Tanya Dennis up front.

However, against the run of play, Mittag added an amazing goal of her own, drilling drilled a 25-yard free kick into the top right-hand corner of the net to seemingly put the game away at 3-0.

"The goals we let in early were well finished but we had some individual mistakes," Bridge said. "You can't give Germany the chances we gave them. Having said that, we probably only gave them four chances and they scored on three of them."

However, in the 40th minute Canada answered with an incredible free kick of its own. Lang blasted a shot from 40 yards out that caught German 'keeper Tessa Rinkes cheating a bit off of her line. The ball sailed in just under the crossbar and the comeback was on.

"The field was a bit wet and with a slippery ball it's good to take a chance on a long shot," Bridge said. "We have players with special abilities in this area, Lang has a cannon, some others tried the same thing but unfortunately they can't shoot as hard as Karen."

Just two minutes later Maranda brought the mostly non-partisan crowd and the Canadian bench to their feet with a perfectly placed chip from 35 yards out that pulled Canada to within one.

In the second half, Canada came out with momentum and purpose.

"We said 'keep shooting, a wet field, anything can happen,"' said Dennis.

In the 63rd minute, Timko took a pass from substitute Josee Belanger and made an amazing run down the left wing. The University of Nebraska sophomore beat one defender and then held off another before slamming the ball home from an improbable angle to tie the game.

"That was a great goal - amazing," said Dennis. "Brittany is all about precision. She can just place balls like no other."

No team really threatened in the final stages of the match.

"Both teams in a way seemed happy with the tie," Bridge said. "We have a tougher game against China but this scenario leaves us on the other side of the draw with the U.S. I think the players had this in the back of their minds."

Notes: Both teams had seven shots on target each and each team committed 18 fouls apiece. Each teams received two yellow cards. ... Canadian defender Emily Zurrer, sidelined since taking a knock to the head in a warmup game, returned to the starting lineup. Sophie Schmidt moved up to a holding midfield role.


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First of all, great work by referee Sarah Girard from france, best work by a female referee I've ever seen. She was fair, consistent, and did an admirable job of keeping tempers in check. She should be awarded the final.

The highlight of the first 15 minutes were the great crosses by Dennis. Jamani was largely negated throughout the match. Miranda definitely deserved player of the match, her pace, determination and corner kicks were great. Great rally for the team (the GK for Germany fell apart, but this does not detract from the wonderful goals we got), which is the greatest positive we carry out.

If there is a secret to winning in Thailand, it is score early and often, as the heat and humidity will get to you.

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Is Canada stealing a page from the CCCP playbook, looking to avoid the crossover in the semis, when quarterfinal winner of Germany vs 3rd place team plays quarterfinal winner of USA vs 3rd place team???

Good luck to the young Canuck ladies!!

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Your right Beachsl, the reffing was great.

And what a game to watch. The first half was entertaining both ways, sometimes in a painful way, but entertaining non-the-less.

I think holding the tie seemed to be on purpose in the end. Giving up a goal in the last 15 shouldn't have meant all that much to Canada and yet they had everybody back, even Timko. Also, it looked like many of them were just going to pass-out towards the end of the game but the 3rd sub only came on with a minute to go.

It would have been cool to see speedy Leroux runnin' around a bunch of exausted Germans in the last few minutes.

Oh, and I think Zurrer should keep the headgear, it helps tell her apart from Lang.

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There are an amazing number of concussions in women's soccer and you never know which one will end a career. Some medical studies suggest that the accumulative effect of too many headers is permanent damage to brain tissue. Women may be more susceptible for anatomical reasons.

But basically it's not heading but head-to-head and head-to-ground contact that are the main culprits. Recent CWNT head injuries that I know about:

Boyd - 2 concussions

Dennis - 2 concussions

Lang - 1 concussion

Maranda - 1 concussion

Zurrer - 30 stitches

Boyd and Dennis had the worst. After 1 1/2 years, Boyd has still not recovered. Dennis may be one concussion away from a similar scenario.

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