The first edition of the Tournoi de France will kick-off on Wednesday March 4, with hosts France taking on Canada.
Unfortunately for Corinne Diacre and Les Bleues, this tournament will not be a buildup to Tokyo 2020 after being knocked out in the quarterfinals of their very own Women's World Cup by the USWNT.
The French women's national team will look to make amends with fans by claiming the Tournoi de France in home soil. Redemption, however, will not be an easy ride given that they will have to face No. 3 The Netherlands, No. 8 Canada and No. 9 Brazil.
As for Kenneth Heiner-Moller's Canadian squad, this tournament will be key for yet again success in the Olympic Games.
Canada also suffered an earlier than expected knockout from the big tournament last summer falling to Sweden in the Round of 16. Moller's team failed to redeem itself at the Concacaf Women's Olympic Qualifying tournament also falling victim to the World Champions in the finals. Anyhow, the Canadians secured a ticket to Tokyo having reached the CWOQ final.
France vs Canada: head-to-head
Dating back to August 2012, the competition between these two national sides has been tight.
The two played a total of six matches with France winning the most, three. On the other hand, Canada won two and drew one. But the Canadians have won the important ones. The two games that the North American side has won have been in the Olympics. France's three wins have been friendlies.
The freaky thing about this matchup is that all the scores except the draw have been by minimal difference, 1-0. Therefore, a 1-0 prediction going any way wouldn't be the worst idea.
France vs Canada: Players to watch
France – Kadidiatou Diani
The French forward is well on her way to have the best Division 1 Feminine season of her senior career scoring 12 goals in 16 matches for PSG. The 24-year-old proved to be a threat at France 2019 driving fullbacks crazy with her speed and dribbling. She is the type of player who can be player of the match in a 3-0 win without scoring a goal because of her involvement on and off the ball. Players around her benefit from her dynamic playing style and Diacre surely knows what she can do.
Canada – Diana Matheson
A fan favorite, Matheson is a midfielder who plays for the Utah Royals FC in the National Women's Soccer League. The 35-year-old was not on the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup roster due to a foot injury, but she is back and ready to break into the starting lineup. Fans are not the only ones happy about her return. Moller expressed his satisfaction about having her back in the roster describing her as someone who has a "soccer brain (that) is pretty massive." The brains in the midfield will help Christine Sinclair and the young but fearless Jordyn Huitema in scoring goals.
France vs Canada: broadcast information
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