Canada and France must pick themselves up from their semi-final defeats to focus on winning the London 2012 Olympic Bronze medal on Thursday 9th August 2012 (13:00 local time) at the City of Coventry Stadium.
Disappointment for France in their semi-final match, after creating many chances during the game against world champions Japan, they were unable to convert them. The French even had a chance to equalise with a penalty but Bussaglia sent it just wide.
Canada's semi-final was equally disappointing and heartbreaking. The Canadians led USA three times with a monumental Christine Sinclair hat-trick, but each time the US responded with an equaliser. In the final seconds of extra time, Alex Morgan scored the winner for USA and the dream of Olympic gold was over for Canada.
For this bronze medal match maybe France have the slight physical advantage of fresher legs, although the team gave 100%, the Canadians had to endure extra time.
There will be a huge amount of fight from both teams to win the Bronze medal, the chance to stand on the London 2012 Olympic podium, none of the teams will want to return home without a medal after all the efforts they have put into this tournament.
|Canada Starting Line-up||France Starting Line-up|
Referee - Jenny Palmqvist (SWE)
Assistant referee 1 - Karo (SWE),
Assistant referee 2 - Nystrom (SWE),
4th Official - Alvarado (MEX)
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Canada 1-0 France
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Well the story was known in France the day of the match, I perfectly remember it. But on the following day, some foreign papers - jealous ? - started to invent this story of French poisoning Ronaldo before the match ! How ridiculous ! Ronaldo was 21, he was in the team in 94 but didn't play at all. He was the star of 98 WC and all Brazil relied on him. Yes, he had a panic fit, an anguish one, nothing to do with epilepsy as some wanted to say then. As you say, humans are just humans... and that's the good and great thing !
An interesting item of news Gromit, that you might be interested in. Joey Barton is in talks with Marseille with a view to a season-long loan. He will, of course, have a 12-match ban to face as a result of being sent off in the Man City / QRR game which you saw. Whether he faces the ban in France, or on his return after the loan period is unclear. Anyway, there are several sides to him. A talented and determined midfielder, an intelligent and articulate speaker... and the violent thug who's occasionally out of control. He's definitely not a Chris Waddle – but he's a committed, forceful player who always gives 100%. He's the kind of player you'd love in your own team – but would hate in the opposition's.
Ah ah ! You're right, David ! I don't remember the details about Bayern-Leeds to be honest. And about St Etienne, I remember that Bayern was lucky ;o)
It's completely understandable that he suffered in that way, it's a lot of pressure on one man.
Yes, I read about Barton some time ago in French press but OM denied. As for me, I'd hate to have this hoologan in my team. No way ! I know he's a talented player and not a stupid man. But he is totally crazy, really mad. Balotelli is mad too but not violent as Barton. For me, there is no place for such a man in sports, that's all. How can you use Sports as an example for kids with such players' behaviour ? No, no, Barton, stay in England where you belong !
I know we sometimes refer to the history of the men´s game to put various items and issues that pertain to feminine football in a historical context. Most of those references are to the World Cup and occasionally to individual players of merit. What is the connection here?
That such lack of self-control may spread to the ladies game? There are some ominous signs in these group matches. Maybe FIFA needs to have extra ruthless after-the-match review for those U-20 and younger and stamp on unacceptable play?