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[ 1 ]  That was pretty close to Canada's best line up  and that was not even close to being Germany's best roster. Horst  Hrubesch is an interim manager on his last match   and he clearly chose to be generous with his opportunities. He left a lot a quality back in Germany and brought a  lot of newbies to Canada.  And even with his starters today he left a lot of  quality on the bench ( Dabritz, Dallmann,  Maier ) and then brought  them on later . That said, there were no old players on Germany's roster -- everyone was in their 20s and every single  German  player  was a  serious contributor for her club in  the Frauen Bundesliga.

[ 2 ]  Very pleased with the  Christine  Sinclair's  goal.( You really have to earn them against Germany ) I can't wait to see Christine  Sinclair  in CONCACAF !   (  Hope to see her bring the difference between her and Wambach  down to a single digit ) 

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Very entertaining game to see live.  Germany's goals very much against the run of play.  None looked particularly stoppable by Labbe from where I was sitting.  

Buchanan with some terrible giveaways at back though you can see her physical dominance.  

Some nice spells of possession by Canada but often too slow to make the incisive pass.  Some good runs went unrewarded due to late passes.  Need to find an heir apparent to Sinclair and inject some pace up front!  Could use a little more creativity in central midfield too.

Understand this was not Germany's A team, but on the whole our women played fine and were unlucky not to win this game.

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It was a new formation for Canada 3-5-2. Not sure if this is an experiment or a trial run for qualifers and WC.

For Concacaf and against the weaker women's teams, this is a good way to go since we have 3 very good back liners. But we do need to inject more quickness up on top rather than have Matheson & Schmidt together with Sinclair. Need to have at least Prince, Huitema, Leon or Rose in there with Sinclair. 

Against good teams, the wingers need to come back to help which didn't happen too often in the 1st half today. And compared to the previous formation, the wingers were largely ineffective today while Germany's were running Canada all over the place in the 1st half. But our attack had a bit more variety vs mostly seeing wingers cross the ball.

I like that Buchanan is stepping up into the play as that is the next level of progression for her. She'll make the wrong decision at times but others also need to fill in the gap when she moves up.

 

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It was a good game to be at. Early on, too many long balls to no one in particular but that stopped as the game went on. Some good passing and determination. Christine Sinclair is a notch (or two) above all of the other players. Good to see her get a goal and on Canada's second, although I don't think she even touched the ball, drew a German defender along with her as the cross went to Fleming who put it in.

Our first women's game and we'd love to see another.

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Thought Fleming looked fantastic after a few early turnovers. Really made the midfield tick with her tight turning and vision. Most goals I've seen the girls score in years. The future looks bright!

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It was an entertaining match, perhaps it lacked the importance that a 5 goal match could be, both sides showed some qualities, there were some big errors defensively on most of the goals! The crowd in Hamilton was great, I look forward to having our CanPL team playing matches here and the CSA has to regard Hamilton as a good host for National Team games! Thanks to all who visited from all parts of the country, it was great to meet up with you all!

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Small correction:

"As those two defenders close in to catch her at 25 yards Zadorsky pokes the ball away but over to the right where Huth recovers just inside box and shoots a low 20-yarder past Zadorsky into the left corner of the net past goalie Stephanie Labbe."

That was Quinn. Leah Schuller ran right past Zadorsky.

 

 

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