Ahead of tomorrow’s Semi-Finals ties, Lisa Topping from Chorley Women (pictured above by John Shirras), who Impetus are proud to sponsor, previews both games.
I’m gutted for Team GB that they had to bow out of the competition in the quarter finals. But, looking to the semi finals they’re going to be a great couple of games to really showcase women’s football on the international stage.
USA v Canada:
This game will be a cracker I’m sure. The USA are always fully prepared and always anticipated for a high finish. They had a really poor group stage and particularly struggled defensively, yet they got through and used their know how to see off the Dutch on penalties in the semis. If they start to perform now, they can go all the way.
On the other hand, Canada have been solid rather than spectacular so far, finding it hard to form a consistent threat up front, although in Janine Beckie, Allysha Chapman, Christine Sinclair and Ashley Lawrence, they have some really dangerous players.
Australia v Sweden:
Obviously Team GBs tournament was ended by Australia and they were also impressive against the USA earlier on. Nevertheless, Sweden are red hot have the old heads of Caroline Segar and Magda Eriksson as well as promising young stars such as Hana Bennison and Stina Blackstenius who is taking her club goal scoring form with BK Hacken into the Olympics. That experience is always needed at that level.
Living in America for eight years I have an allegiance with that country so I think they’ll take Gold. I think Sweden’s experience will pull through over Australia and they’ll take silver. I also have a Canadian friend so I’ll have to back them as coming third and taking home the bronze for the third Olympics in a row!