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Canada vs. Costa Rica live score, updates, highlights and lineups from CONCACAF W Championship - XDpoker

Canada vs. Costa Rica live score, updates, highlights and lineups from CONCACAF W Championship

The Canada women’s national team has officially secured a spot in the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, but the top spot in Group B of the CONCACAF W Championships has yet to be determined.

That will be decided as Canada takes on Costa Rica in the final group stage match, with both teams already into the knockout round with two victories in two games. Both teams have scored seven goals in the process and not yet conceded a single time, so there’s little to separate the two as of yet.

There are real stakes to winning the match, and by proxy, Group B. The winner of this game is likely to avoid the top-ranked United States in the semifinals, with the loser likely to draw Vlatko Andonovski’s powerhouse side before reaching the final.

After a 6-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago that seemingly put Canada’s continued offensive struggles to bed, the demons returned against Panama, with a 64th-minute strike by Julia Grosso just enough to put Les Rouges through with three points. Still, manager Bev Priestman will need to sort out the attack ahead of a decisive game against a solid defensive squad.

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Sporting News will be following the match live and providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.

Group B Live Standings

Team GP Pts W-L-D GD
1. Canada-X 3 9 3-0-0 +8
2. Costa Rica-X 3 6 2-1-0 +6
3. Panama 3 1 0-2-1 -4
4. Trinidad & Tobago 3 1 0-2-1 -10

X = qualified to semifinals, clinch World Cup berth
Y = clinched World Cup intercontinental playoff berth

Canada vs. Costa Rica live score

  1H 2H Final
Canada 1
Costa Rica

Goals:
CAN — Jessie Fleming (Nichelle Prince) — 5th min.

Canada vs Costa Rica live updates, highlights from W Championship

29th min.: Play resumes after a hydration break. It’s apparently over 100 degrees in Mexico. Another reason for Canada to want to put this game away early.

22nd min.: It’s been all Canada, who have the Costa Rican side pinned in its own half. Canada will definitely want to get another goal to confirm its superiority thus far and ensure a slightly calmer second half.

16th min.: Another dangerous set-piece delivery by Beckie into the box and Christine Sinclair can’t put her header on frame. Beckie looks to be on her game today.

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13th min.: YELLOW CARD to Costa Rica’s Daniel Cruz. That’s important to track since we know that yellow cards could come into play.

11th min.: Canada nearly made it 2-0! Vanessa Gilles tees up Nichelle Prince in the box, but Prince’s point-blank shot is blocked by a Costa Rican defender in the six-yard box. 

5th min.: Goal Canada! Nichelle Prince converges from the left to the center and threads a through ball into the box for Jessie Fleming, who applies the cool finish. Great start for Canada. First goal given up by Costa Rica at the W Championship.

4th min.: Now Beckie turns provider from a corner kick and Vanessa Gilles, always an attacking target on set pieces, heads over the goal.

3rd min.: Canada with the first attacking threat of the match. Quinn float a ball into the box and Janine Beckie heads the ball wide.

1st min.: We’re underway. Canada in red and Costa Rica in the alternate black-and-white stripes.

5 mins to kick: The anthems are out of the way and we’re just about ready for kickoff.

59 mins to kick: Lineups are in, and tournament leading scorer Julia Grosso is sent back to the bench after starting last game and scoring the winner. Otherwise, it’s a standard XI for Canada.

89 mins to kick: With lineups yet to be posted, we’ll see if 39-year-old Christine Sinclair gets the nod up front for Canada’s struggling attack. One of her record 190 international goals came against Costa Rica back in 2019 in spectacular fashion.

101 mins to kick: 21-year-old midfielder Julia Grosso has been one of the few bright spots in the attack for Canada so far in the CONCACAF W Championships. Despite her young age, Grosso has established herself as a regular within the squad, sitting on 39 international caps.

Still, the most impressive part of Grosso’s tournament-high three goals is that she came off the bench in the first match. With Canada struggling up front as a whole, will Bev Priestman consider starting Grosso from the beginning against Costa Rica in the Group B decider?

120 mins to kick: There is a potentially chaotic result to tonight’s match that could see the winner of Group B chosen by a drawing of lots.

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The two teams are currently level on every single tiebreaking metric used to differentiate teams in the group stage of the CONCACAF W Championship — points (6), goal difference (+7), goals for (7), and even the fair play metric (-1).

If the two teams draw tonight and collect the same amount of fair play points (-1 for yellow card, -3 for second yellow card, -4 for direct red card), the winner of Group B would be decided by a drawing of lots.

Canada vs. Costa Rica lineups

Canada head coach Bev Priestman has moved Janine Beckie between winger and fullback during the tournament, but she’ll be depending on her to be a difference-maker in attack against Costa Rica. 

Quinn was rested against Panama, but they return against Costa Rica in place of Julia Grosso, who is likely one of the first options off the bench. The other returning players are center back Vanessa Gilles, right back Jayde Riviere, and the legendary Christine Sinclair.

Canada starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 21-Kailen Sheridan (GK) — 10-Ashley Lawrence, 14-Vanessa Gilles, 3-Kadeisha Buchanan, 8-Jayde Riviere — 5-Quinn, 11-Desiree Scott, 17-Jessie Fleming — 15-Nichelle Prince, 12-Christine Sinclair, 16-Janine Beckie

Canada subs (12): 18-Sabrina D’Angelo (GK), 2-Lysianne Proulx (GK), 4-Shelina Zadorsky, 23-Bianca St. Georges, 2-Allysha Chapman, 21-Zoe Burns, 7-Julia Grosso, 13-Sophie Schmidt, 20-Cloe Lacasse, 19-Adriana Leon, 6-Deanne Rose, 9-Jordyn Huitema

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The five center back tactical system used by Costa Rica has caused issues for both opponents thus far, with Panama and Trinidad and Tobago forced to foul consistently to stay in the game.

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Costa Rica generates attacking chances, and often finds a way to finish them, converting exactly half their 32 shots into on-frame attempts thus far through the first two matches. There’s exciting youth sprinkled into the lineup, with 20-year-old Priscila Chinchilla, who plays for Glasgow City in Scotland, deployed on the left flank. 

Costa Rica projected starting lineup (5-3-2, left to right): 23-Daniela Solera (GK) — 8-Daniela Cruz, 5-Valeria Del Campo, 4-Mariana Benavides, 20-Fabiola Villalobos, 3-Maria Paula Coto — 11-Raquel Rodriguez, 15-Cristin Granados, 16-Katherine Alvarado — 14-Priscila Chinchilla, 7-Melissa Herrera

Costa Rica subs (12): 1-Noelia Bermudez (GK), 18-Priscilla Tapia, 2-Gabriela Guillen, 12-Lixy Rodriguez, 22-Cristel Sandi, 6-Carol Sanchez, 13-Emilie Valenciano, 21-Viviana Chinchilla, 10-Shirley Cruz, 17-Michelle Montero, 19-Maria Paula Salas, 9-Carolina Venegas

How to watch Canada vs. Costa Rica

  In USA In Canada
Date Mon, July 11 Mon, July 11
Time 7 p.m. ET 7 p.m. ET
TV  — Telus (Ch. 980), CBC Sports
Live Stream Paramount+, ViX fuboTV, OneSoccer, CBC Gem

USA: The CONCACAF W Championship match will be streamed on Paramount+ (English) and ViX (Spanish).

CANADA: The Canada women’s soccer match will be carried by OneSoccer, which is streamed on fuboTV. CBC Sports (and CBC Gem) will also carry it live.

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Christine Sinclair knows a thing or two about scoring @FIFAWWC goals! 🏆

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— CAN Soccer’s WNT (@CANWNT) July 9, 2022

Canada vs. Costa Rica betting odds & lines

Canada is a favorite for the Group B decider, but the odds are not be as lopsided as some we’ve seen in this CONCACAF W Championship tournament. The two sides have both performed at similar levels against similar opponents, leading to the expectation of a tighter match.

While Canada remains a -455 favorite to defeat Costa Rica and top Group B, those odds pale in comparison to the -4000 given to the United States to defeat struggling hosts Mexico later in the evening in Group A. Some respect is given to Costa Rica for its bright tournament performance thus far, but there is still only one winner expected in this match.

  Sports Interaction
Canada Win -455
Draw +480
Costa Rica Win +1100
Both teams
to score Y / N
+115 / -182
Over / Under
3.5 goals
+150 / -204
Canada -1.5 -147
Costa Rica +1.5 +111