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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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.
— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) July 11, 2022
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 has come off the bench in the team’s first two matches. 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?
The 2022 @ConcacafW Championship leading scorer so far…
Julia Grosso 💪 pic.twitter.com/akC7a0IGAa
— CAN Soccer’s WNT (@CANWNT) July 11, 2022
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.
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 Beverly Priestman has moved Janine Beckie between winger and full-back, and the team has been far more prolific with her up front in the attack. Still, moving Beckie back allows Priestman to fit more attacking players in the mix, with both Adriana Leon and Nichelle Prince starting against Panama.
Quinn was rested against Panama, but the 26-year-old midfielder remains a key cog of this Canada lineup and should return. Julia Grosso continues to earn minutes with her deadly attacking presence.
Jordyn Huitema has contributed up front in spurts, but remains behind the legendary Christine Sinclair both on the depth chart and in on-field production.
Canada projected starting lineup (3-5-2): Sheridan (GK) — Lawrence, Gilles, Buchanan, Riviere — Quinn, Scott, Fleming — Leon, Sinclair, Beckie.
Canada subs (12): (Lineups released one hour prior to kickoff)
Costa Rica’s three-CB system has caused havoc for both opponents thus far, with both Panama and Trinidad & Tobago forced to foul consistently just to keep a lid on them. Even so, while Costa Rica generates attacking chances, they often find a way to finish them, converting exactly half their 32 shots into on-frame attempts thus far through the first two matches.
Head coach Amelia Valverde has named an unchanged side for the first two matches, and is likely to do the same against Canada with the team clicking well. 36-year-old Swiss Army knife Shirley Cruz has been deployed on both flanks, and she’s joined by a wealth of experience across the field. Lixy Rodriguez, Melissa Herrera, and Cristin Granados all sport at least 47 international caps alongside Cruz’s 91.
There’s also exciting youth sprinkled into the lineup, with 20-year-old Priscila Chinchilla, who plays for Glasgow City in Scotland, deployed on the left flank opposite Cruz. The attack is spearheaded by 19-year-old Chievo Verona striker Maria Paula Salas who already has 23 caps at her young age.
Costa Rica projected starting lineup (3-4-3): Solera (GK) — Benavides, Villalobos, Coto — Chinchilla, Granados, Alvarado, Cruz — Rodriguez, Salas, Herrera.
Costa Rica subs (12): (Lineups released one hour prior to kickoff)
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.
Christine Sinclair knows a thing or two about scoring @FIFAWWC goals! 🏆
— 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 -525 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.
|Costa Rica Win||+1100|
to score Y / N
|+110 / -160|
|Over / Under
|-125 / -105|
|Costa Rica +1.5||+100|