Note: Every game I watch, I will provide an insight into how the game might have panned out. This is by no means an in depth analysis from an analyst's point of view. Every game I watch, I watch as a fan. And I write the analysis very soon after the game to ensure the passion and feelings are in the analysis so you can understand how the average football mad fan may have seen the game. Please do not get offended by any remark made towards a player, coach or other staff. It is not intended to offend. But simply how I felt at that point in time, full of adrenaline and excitement, as I am cheering my team on!
This was always going to be a hard game to watch. To make it worse it was very frustrating to concede a goal like that. Four direct and unchallenged passes and straight into the goal.
Canada were very dangerous in the first ten minutes and looked like scoring every single time they went forward - which wasn't that much fortunately.
Australia then settled and made great chances. They should have equalised on many occasions and were unlucky to go into the break a goal down.
The second half I expected Canada to sit back but they came out firing. They really took it to the Australians.
Then they made the mistake of giving free kick at end of box. Collette McCallum did what she does well (was there ever any doubt?) and suddenly Australia had the crucial point that they needed.
Australia made the mistake of letting Caanda have a solid 20-30 minutes of play. They also began to look tired. For the first time in the game Canada were able to settle and put a stranglehold on the game. It gave them enough time to get another goal.
Australia pressed forward and in the dying stages. They had 7 minutes and injury time to do the unthinkable. There would have been few people who hadn't given up. 11 of them were on the pitch. Australia got a goal. It wasn't pretty but I dont care how they come.
Canada then put everything into the game and even threatened to get a late goal of their own. But it was too late.
Australia are through to the quarters.
Well done girls!