VANCOUVER, B.C – Canada battled Germany in a friendly at Benteler, Arena in Paderborn, Germany on Wednesday night. The no.2 ranked team in Women’s football was looking for a tough test as they prepare for Euro 2013 in Sweden next month. Canada held their own defensively against Germany for the majority of the match but failed to create anything on offense in a 1-0 loss in front of 9,781 fans.
Canada came into the match after a 3-0 loss to the United States on June 2, in Toronto…, while German Coach Silvia Neid was hoping her players on the bubble would step up and perform well against Canada as she was expected to announce her squad for EURO 2013 on Thursday.
Canada had another great defensive start to the match and looked a lot like the team that held the United States scoreless for 70′ minutes earlier this month. Germany created chance after chance in the opening forty-five but were not able to get anything past Erin McLeod.
The best chance for Canada to score came when Christine Sinclair found Diana Matheson a few feet inside the German box. The Washington Spirit Midfielder had a great look at the net however her shot did not present any difficulty for Germany’s keeper Nadine Angerer.
Germany had a terrific chance to score as the 1st half came to an end. Anja Mittag sent in a cross that Célia Okoyino da Mbabi was unable to direct on target. Canada was lucky to head into the break with the score tied 0-0
FC Kansas City player Lauren Sesselmann had her knee wrapped during the 1st half but could not carry on for the remainder of friendly. Chelsea Stewart came on for Sesselmann to play the final 45′.
Germany finally broke through and scored the only goal of the match in the 53′. Leonie Maier came down the right flank and fired a laser past Canadian keeper Erin McLeod from an extremely sharp angle. Chelsea Stewart was unable to catchup to Maier and the FC Bayern Munich defender scored her first international goal for Germany.
Germany almost made it 2-0 on 65 minutes when Dzsenifer Marozsán hammered the ball off the left post. Erin McLeod was cleanly beat as the quick shot from Marozsán caught everyone in the arena by surprise.
Germany had 15 corners to Canada’s 0. Erin McLeod was fantastic in net and showed why she is the no.1 keeper for Canada. The Chicago Red Stars NWSL keeper made a fingertip save in extra time to deny Fatmire Bajramaj from scoring and was named the player of the game for Canada following the match.
Canadian coach John Herdman was focusing on the positives after the match.
“We’ll keep working. There is still some time left to catch these Germans. All in all some good lessons, I am proud of the girls today. I think there were some real positives. Defensively, we were able to hold them and there was some real resilience from the girls.”
Canada’s back line proved to be their strongest asset against Germany. Carmelina Moscato, and Kadeisha Buchanan played very well against a stronger German side and made sure to clear away any second, or third opportunities from Germany. Moscato made a brilliant goal line clearance minutes before full-time as the ball was trickling towards an open Canadian net.
Canada failed to create any sustained offense and possession in the German half. Christine Sinclair was noticeably left all alone up top. Germany controlled the play and dictated the game from start to finish. The Canadian Women’s National Team did not do enough to generate scoring chances. Nadine Angerer could have had a bratwurst sandwich and sun tanned in the 33C heat. Canada certainly has work to do before hosting the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Notes: Canada will play next on Wednesday, October 30, in Edmonton, Alberta when they take on South Korea at Commonwealth Stadium. Melissa Busque and Rachel Melhado made their senior débuts for Canada.