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Rio Olympic 2016 Canada vs Germany Womens football Match Live

Rio Olympic 2016 Canada vs Germany Womens football Match Live

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Rio Olympic 2016 Canada vs Germany Womens football Match Preview

Germany will take on Canada in women’s soccer group play at the Rio Olympics on Tuesday, August 9 at 12 p.m. PT at the Mane Garrincha Stadium in Brasília, Brazil.Canada currently sits atop Group F. Canada beat Australia 2-0 to open group play, before posting a 3-1 win over Zimbabwe. No. 2 world-ranked Germany beat Zimbabwe 6-1 to open group play, but had to fight back to secure a 2-2 draw with Australia in their second game.With two wins from two games to open the Olympic competition, Canada’s women’s national team are now looking to make a bit of history.Head coach John Herdman’s side leads Group F with six points, ahead of Germany with four points. Canada have already locked up a place in the quarterfinals, and a draw on Tuesday would be enough for the team to win their group for the first time ever in the Olympic Games.That will be no easy task against the No. 2-ranked Germans who, despite needing a late goal just to snatch a draw against Australia on Saturday, will still come into this match as favorites. While both teams will want to finish the group stage with some momentum, neither will want to expose their top players to injuries or potential disciplinary trouble ahead of the knockout stages.And given that these two teams could very well meet again just seven days later, in the semifinal, neither manager will want to fully tip their tactical hand either. It should be fascinating matchup between a pair of teams that came into Rio with eyes on reaching the podium.

One-way traffic

A draw would not only clinch Canada the group, it would be the first point the team has ever gained from the Germans. The two teams have met 12 times before, dating back to 1994, and Germany have won every single game, outscoring Canada 38-13.The last matchup was a friendly at Vancouver’s BC Place in June 2014, a 2-1 win for Germany. Canada’s goalscorer that day was Sophie Schmidt, one of 10 players from that game who are on this year’s Olympic roster.

The trifecta

Herdman will start his third different central defensive pairing of these Games, as Shelina Zadorsky will return from suspension (picked up for a red card against Australia) to line up alongside Rebecca Quinn.For the first time in seemingly forever, Kadeisha Buchanan won’t be in the lineup for Canada, as she’ll serve a one-game suspension for receiving two yellow cards in Canada’s first two group-stage games.The nature of Buchanan’s yellow against Zimbabwe (an entirely unnecessary failure to give 10 yards on a free kick) raised some suspicions that it was a tactical decision to ensure she’d be available for the quarterfinals. Be that as it may, the Germany game will be a chance for Zadorsky and Quinn to show which of them should join Buchanan on the back line in that knockout-stage match.

Canadian soccer women set for ‘good go’ vs. powerhouse Germans

Stephanie Labbé has made a name for herself with the Canadian women’s Olympic soccer team as a ball distributor and vocal leader who sets up the attack with passing. She’s also not bad at stopping the ball.

What: Germany plays Canada in the group stage of the Rio Olympics.

Where: Mane Garrincha Stadium in Brasília, Brazil.

When: Tuesday, August 9 at 12 p.m. PT

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