FIFA Women's World Cup: Canadian 'goals will come': Christine Sinclair
Chances going to go in says sharpshooter Sinclair
Christine Sinclair is confident the goals are coming.
Canada's women's soccer team has scored just once in its first two group-stage matches at the FIFA Women's World Cup. Canada will look to find its scoring touch in their third and final group-stage game versus the Netherlands on Monday at Montreal's Olympic Stadium.
"As a forward, you get worried when you're not creating chances and chances aren't falling for you," said Sinclair after practice on Saturday in Montreal. "Myself, but also the rest of the front line, we've created chances. Sooner or later they're going to go in.
"People have to realize it's the World Cup — we're playing against the best teams in the world. There are no slouches."
Sinclair scored from the penalty spot in stoppage time as Canada opened with a 1-0 victory over China. Against New Zealand, the teams played to a scoreless draw.
John Herdman's team, however, have had their opportunities in open play. Canada has 10 shots on target, and only the Ivory Coast have hit more posts (3) than Canada (2).
"If we score one, the confidence will just come flooding in, even more so than it's already there," said midfielder Sophie Schmidt. "We're just saving it for the perfect moment."
Draw enough to advance
Leading its group with four points from two games, Canada (1-0-1) could clinch top spot in Group A with a victory over the Netherlands (1-1-0). The Canadians would also reach the round-of-16 elimination games with a draw.
Even a narrow loss, with favourable results elsewhere, could send Canada through to the knockout stages.
But the Canadians have no intention of sitting back. They want all three points against the Dutch on Monday.
"That's our goal and that's our game plan," said forward Melissa Tancredi. "Coming up against any of these teams, we're not looking for a tie. We're going in there for a win, going in there very prepared and hopefully with the mindset of putting in some goals early."
While Canada may not be scoring at will, the team is looking strong at the back. Canada is one of only two teams, along with Brazil, that has not conceded a goal in this tournament.
"Championships are won with defence," said Schmidt. "You can't lose a game if they don't score on you. Our defence has been phenomenal."
Keeping a clean sheet against the Netherlands, Canada's toughest Group-A opposition, may prove to be a difficult task.
Though they've yet to display their attacking prowess with one goal from their first two games, the Dutch have a dangerous front three in Manon Melis, Vivianne Miedema and Lieke Martens.
"They'll punish mistakes you make," said Sinclair. "They're very fast and technical players. We have to clean some things up in the back and be smart with the way we play."
"They're a very confident team," added Schmidt. "They like to play out, build out of the back. I think that plays into our hands in how we defend. I think we're going to be able to go at them on the counter attack."