ANALYSIS + HIGHLIGHTS: CanWNT vs. Brazil in Halifax (Oct. 31, 2023)
The Canadian Women's National Team wrapped up their October window match-ups vs. Brazil in style, turning around a difficult first half to secure a 2-0 win in the second half courtesy of goals from Jordyn Huitema and Deanne Rose in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Brazil's relentless pressure seemed to put Canada on the backfoot for much of the first 45 minutes, with the Brazilians controlling 66 percent of possession and forcing Canada to play in their own half of the field. But Canada grew into the match, with Ashley Lawrence pushing more and more forward to try and open up space.
That paid off wonderfully in the 70th minute, as Jessie Fleming picked out her Chelsea teammate Lawrence rushing up the right-hand side, sending a pass over for Lawrence to cross perfectly to the head of Huitema waiting at the back post.
Huitema's 18th goal for Canada opened the match up even further, with Sabrina D'Angelo sending a late goal-kick to Cloe Lacasse to challenge; the resulting won header landed through the Brazilian backline, which Deanne Rose jumped on before sprinting for a 1-v-1 breakaway with the Brazilian 'keeper, which she tucked away cool as you like.
But the party was for Christine Sinclair, who came on midway through the second half to some of the loudest applause of the evening, having enjoyed a special moment with Brazilian icon Marta pre-game as the two icons of the sport exchanged jerseys in mutual respect. This match represents the second of four farewell tour friendlies Canada will be playing to round out 2023 ahead of Sinclair's international retirement.
The next two matches will be played in Victoria and Vancouver, B.C. – you can catch both those matches here on OneSoccer.
Here are your match highlights.