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South Korea did a job that made life in Canada difficult at the women's international friendly match at BMO Field in Toronto on Sunday.
Canada was unable to defeat the stubborn South Korean defense with a 0-0 draw in front of 15,610 fans. It was the last exhibition game before the Concacaf W Championship in Mexico starting next week.
Canada will face Trinidad against Tobago, Panama and Costa Rica in group play in an eight-team tournament. This tournament doubles as the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup Qualifier and the 2024 Paris Olympic Qualifier.
"I think it was positive in the sense that I had about 70% ownership," said Canadian forward Janine Beckie after the match. "That's a lot of what we face in the concacaf. It was a really organized Korean team, and you have to acknowledge to them the achievement of keeping the ball away from their net.
"But I don't think we're happy with our performance. I think there's a lot we can do to move forward. There are a few things we can consider next week's cleanup before we move on to qualifying. There is. "
Canada hasn't played since the two exhibition games against Nigeria in April, and there was a tentative match against South Korea.
Kadeisha Buchanan, Deanne Rose and Vanessa Gilles were rejected at the goal line from Becky's corner kick, so the chances of scoring were in the last few seconds of the game.
"When I can't score a goal, I personally consider it a forward and know that I share the same feelings as other forwards," Becky said. "We were separated from each other. We're back together for the first time since the beginning of this year. It will take time to build these partnerships.
" How many new faces are there in the group? Yes, we're reorganizing from a really successful group last year. We're going to do positive things from now on, we know our goals are coming. We need to get the first one. Hopefully the locks will open. "
Canadian head coach Beverly Priestman said centerback Buchanan, Shelina Zadorsky, fullback Ashley Lawrence and midfielder. Featuring fielder Jessie Fleming, Becky and striker Jordyn Huitema, we have announced a strong starting lineup for South Korea.
Fleming makes his 100th appearance in Canada and is on the list of centuries for Lawrence (106), Buchanan (119), Digiracecott (177), Sophie Schmidt (213) and Christine Sinclair (310). I joined.
Sinclair was injured and did not play, but is expected to play Priestman in the Concaft tournament.
"Credit to South Korea, they were a very organized back 5," Priestman said. "That's what we face and will set us up well for Concacaf. There was a lot of confusion, fouls and outages.
"But with a grand plan of things, I think it was a difficult week in terms of hard work. People left a long season and now it's about rhythm and flow and it's going to be awkward to know this game But I had a chance and now I have to get rid of them. "
Canada's chances for South Korea are limited in the first half, even though they owned most of it. Was being done.
Huitema headed for the early cross three minutes into the match, creating a chance to challenge goalkeeper Youngguel Yoon. The ball fell to Fitema in the box, but she couldn't find a teammate to put the ball in an empty net.
Canada fired 13 to 3 shots at South Korea, aiming for 4 shots. South Korea failed to reach the goal in the match against goalkeeper Kyler Sheridan. Canada also has a 67% ball, and South Korea was one-on-one with a five-corner kick.
The biggest threat to South Korea in the afternoon was Ji So-yun, the striker who was the highest scorer in history.
Just over 30 minutes into the match, Ji took a pass at the top of Canada's penalty area and bent his right foot shot.
In the second half, Canada tried to attack South Korea, but couldn't put in enough quality cloth to cause problems for Yun.
The priest emptied the bench in the second half, giving as many players as possible the opportunity to participate in the game.
"I wanted to take more shots in the frame (net), but the first half started to spawn butterflies and started the chemical reaction," said Canadian agent Cloé Lacasse. "I wanted to be dangerous because I wanted to take more shots in the frame."
In Canada, Becky lofted a corner into the penalty area and attacked Buchanan. When I went to the net, I almost won.
Yun was able to take control of the ball, but when he fell to Rose, the shot hit defender Hyo-joo Chu, who was standing at the goal line. The ball then rebounded to Canada's full-back Jill, but her rushing efforts were suffocated by Yun.
Canada travels to Florida in preparation for the Concacaf Championship. They will face Trinidad and Tobago in Guadalupe, Mexico on July 5, head to San Nicolas de los Garza on July 8, play Panama, and return to Guadalupe on July 11 to play Costa Rica.
The top two teams in group play will advance to the semi-finals and compete in World Cup tournaments in Australia and New Zealand next summer.
Tournament winners will also compete in the Olympics, with finalists and third-place finishers competing in the second Olympic qualifying round in September.
"We are now putting the first few days (of the camp) under the belt and getting into the Concacaf is starting to feel better," Lakas said. .. "This time I'm going to Miami. I'm excited about it. It's time to win and win the title."
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