Canada to face strong German side in Uruguay 2018 Quarter-final

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MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY - NOVEMBER 14: Jordyn Huitema of Canada dribbles during the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018 group D match between Canada and Colombia at Estadio Charrua on November 14, 2018 in Montevideo, Uruguay.(Photo by Maddie Meyer - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Canada Soccer’s Women’s U-17 team will face a strong German side in the Quarter-final of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 on Sunday, 25 November 2018 at 19:00 Local time (17:00 ET/14:00 PT) at Estadio Charrúa in Montevideo. The match will be available on TSN.ca and TSN Direct, as well as RDS Info and RDS.ca in Canada.

“Germany are a fantastic team and very strong at any level, so we’ve been diligently doing our homework on their last few games and making sure that our players are as prepared as they can be while still focusing on our core strengths,” said Rhian Wilkinson, Head Coach of Canada Soccer’s Women’s U-17 team.

In Group D action, Canada defeated Colombia 3:0 in its opening match, followed by a second clean sheet victory over Korea Republic 2:0.  Going into the third match having already qualified for the Quarter-final, Canada took the opportunity to rest several key players and give important development opportunities to the extended roster against a technically skilled Spanish side that are current European Champions and have finished in the top three at each of the last three FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cups. The 5:0 loss to Spain placed Canada second in the group and set up the knockout Quarter-final match against Germany.

“The mood heading in to the Quarter-final is very good.  Coming out of the loss in our last game, it’s a check for these young players; it’s painful, but it’s not always a bad thing to be reminded that we are not the finished product and we want to get better every game we play,” said Wilkinson.   “A great thing about working with young players is how quickly they rebound to get over a loss like our last match. With the Quarter-final around the corner, it’s part of my job as their coach to make sure they are feeling relaxed but focused today and I think that’s something we have been successful at.”

Heading into the Quarter-final, 20 of the 21 players on Canada’s roster have seen the pitch at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018.  Jordyn Huitema (2), and Jessica De Feilippo, Lara Kazandjian, and Andersen Williams have scored through the group stage. The valuable experiences these players have gained against the best international players in their age group will further reinforce the Canada Soccer Women’s EXCEL Program curriculum being taught at the Regional EXCEL (REX) Centres across Canada.  Having had the opportunity to put in action the lessons learned in REX, Canada Soccer’s U-17 players have taken another big step in their development towards Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team.

The opponent

Drawn into Group C, Germany won its first match against Korea DPR 4:1; lost to Cameroon 1:0 in its second; and, defeated the United States 4:0 in its third and final group stage match to take first place in the group heading into the Quarter-finals.

Germany have featured at every previous edition of the competition, having qualified for the U-17 Women’s World Cup as European champions on four occasions. Germany have reached the knockout stages in four of their last five appearances at the tournament, only failing to progress beyond the group stage in Costa Rica in 2014. Germany’s best finish to date was third place in New Zealand back in 2008.

Germany’s only defeat in its qualification campaign came against Spain, when they fell 2-0 in the UEFA Women’s U-17 Championship Final. The highest-scoring team at that competition with 20 goals in five games, Germany’s scoring prowess is well known, specifically that of Shekiera Martinez who netted nine goals in the qualifiers.

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