The clash between Canada and the USA was epic. Canada leading three times, the USA fighting back each time and than taking the victory in the final minute of extra time. Extraordinary stuff from the number one team in the world, and Canada can take heart that they played terrifically and pushed them all the way. I hope Canada wins bronze.
It wasd the referee that beat them
Without that call leading to the indirect free kick, we might have had a different game. Maybe. But the way the USA were playing, it's not something I'd bet on.
Originally Posted by bellafurr
The BBC called this the greatest women's soccer/football game EVER. The sheer determination and grit from these women.... just enthralling and visceral to behold.
Like subtlety in ice dancing
There may be plenty of matches with more finesse in passes, shot-making and coordination, but this was the most intense football match I've seen. Every player on both sides held nothing back. Everything was fought for. And the scoreline might as well have been scripted for how tense it was. The three times the US leveled the match, Canadian captain Christine Sinclair would come back with a header into the goal! Those were all brilliant 1-2 punches from the Canadians. The two initial goals from Megan Rapinoe were brilliant as well, especially that corner kick that curved into the goal! Hope Solo's diving save near the end of regular time was another amazing move (and just as important as any goal). The US didn't play with its usual command, but players on both sides displayed lots of virtuosity at moments. And the final goal that decided the match? Just 30 seconds before play ended? What's another unbelievable moment to a match full of them?
After the men's vault final earlier today, I was ready to declare that the most entertaining competition of the Olympics. But even though I'm far less vested in football, this match blew the men's vault finals out of the water. I've heard lots of people complain that athletic competitions of women aren't as interesting or fun to watch. This was a match to fix their faces.
Here is Martin Rogers take on the controversial penalty. He doesn't seem to quite agree but mentions it is still up to the ref ....and to make this call in Live time is not easy.
To think as the Canadians have said the USA bought the ref is silly.
Why would USA buy a ref against a team they have beaten 27 times in a row?
Much smarter to bribe the refs in the game against Japan....
Or just accept that one team wins and the other loses.
Personally I think Canada played the game of their lives and deserved a better fate.
Incredibly breathtaking game. It was like a Hollywood movie. WOW Alex Morgan scoring in the last minute. Typical American mentality. Canada was as fierce. I've never seen them play this well. Sinclair and Tancredo finding each other again and again in front of the US goal.
to both teams!
The other semi final was awesome as well. I can't believe France didn't win. They played like crazy, never gave up, missed a penalty shot and had so many shots on goal. Japan had a real hard time defending themselves. Lucky for them that France failed to score. Statistics: France 11 shots on goal, Japan 3.
OMG, what shall Japan do, how will they play? US may crush them this time. Bigger, stronger, more willpower? The best weapon for Japan is how they quickly pass the ball within the team. I love when they suceed with this.
GO both teams on Thursday night
Of course it's silly. In that case as always other things could be discussed as well. I wouldn't blame the judges for anything. It was a tough, intense give and take match. Must be real hard to judge a game when things happen non stop.
Originally Posted by janetfan
Who are "the Canadians"? The players, the leaders, the media… ?
I enjoyed your comments and take on the game.
Originally Posted by snowflake
From yahoo sports:
"Wambach brushed off complaints about the ref as a loser's lament and said it was in line with the relentless talking Canadian coach John Herdman did in the build-up to the game about how the Americans use "illegal tactics" such as setting picks on set plays.
"I feel like you can't blame something on a referee," Wambach said."
IMO no team tries to cover up a lack of skill with non-stop physical play the way the Canadians do. For their coach to complain about USA was ridiculous when his entire game plan was based more on Canadian rough house style of hockey than Intl football.
I agree with Abby here and think the Canadian coach is a major jerk.
Christine's comments I forgive since they were said in the heat of the moment and she is a truly great player......still.....
"We feel like we didn't lose," Sinclair said. "We feel like it was taken from us. It's a shame in a game like that, which is so important that the ref decided the result before the game started."
Sorry Canada but it is a sign of truly poor sportsmanship to claim the ref decided who would win before the game started.
If FIFA has any say in this there will be fines and even a suspension from Intl play for such reckless comments.
Here is the LINK: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/olympic...W9ucw--;_ylv=3
Last edited by janetfan; 08-07-2012 at 11:53 AM.
It seems there was poor sportsmanship on both sides if that what you consider it.
FIFA considering disciplinary action against Canada.
Here is how Abby changed the game by challenging Canada's planned stalling tactics....
Abby knows football
Last edited by janetfan; 08-07-2012 at 07:25 PM.
I can't find ugly americans in this article. What Solo and Morgan say are classical comments to boost your own team. Wambach is just brilliant.
Originally Posted by Lilli
Thx! That's my bet too. I'll cheer for both teams though tomorrow …. let the best win.
Originally Posted by deedee1
Funny how a sport people not usually watch suddenly is everywhere in the media. That's the olympics! I really hope the Japanese women team will sit in business class flying home, like the men
Women's bronze match, between France and Canada on Thursday before the final.
Men's bronze match on Friday between S Korea and Japan. Final between Brazil and Mexico on Saturday.
No way......I am for USA....but love the way the Japanese girls play.
Originally Posted by deedee1
This game should be close unless one team gets alot of lucky breaks.
BTW, congratulations to Canadian girls for winning first team medal for Canada in any summer sport since.....gasp......1936.
Best of luck to USA and the Japan. This will be nothing like the USA/Canada game as these teams respect each other and fair play will be the rule of the day.
Nice to see good sportsmanship and fair play rewarded.