Fear Of ‘Three Lionesses’ Spread, As Canada Face England In Quarterfinal
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Head Coach of the host country, Canada, John Herdman, has told his people to prepare for “anything”, as they file out against flamboyant English national women side today in one of the quarterfinal games of the on-going FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The Canadians lost to the Super Falcons in their last group game four years ago in Dresden, eastern part of Germany, during the 2011 edition of the Women’s World Cup. At that encounter, Perpetua Nkwocha scored the only goal late in the game to end Nigeria’s long wait for victory in the World Cup since 1999.
But the Falcons have since waved goodbye to the championship, after losing their last group game to USA 1-0 here in Vancouver, while the Canadians march on.
However, what appears an uphill task awaits Coach Herdman and his players, as they attempt to move past the English side, who say they would do everything possible to crunch any opponents that stand on their way.
Canada, with their flag-and-banner-waving supporters, beat Switzerland to reach the quarterfinal, while the ‘Three Lionesses’ overcame Norway 2-1.
“We are meeting an opponent (England) that we know a lot about. We played recently,” said Herdman. “There’s definitely a confidence that we can go on and get what we need out of this game.”
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