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Tournoi de France matchday 2

Tournoi de France Matchday 2: Canada vs Netherlands, France vs Brazil

March 6, 2020 By Juan Aguerrevere
In our Matchday 2 preview informing you where and how to watch the Tournoi de France’s matches between Canada and the Netherlands, and France and Brazil, we compare the teams going into their matchups, analyze head-to-head records, and point out players to watch.

The Tournoi de France hosts sit in first place after a 1-0 win over Canada, given the Netherland's 0-0 draw with Brazil in their first-ever meeting. Now, the tournament will go into its second phase with Canada facing the Netherlands at the Stade de l'Épopée in Calais and France taking on Brazil on at Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes on Saturday, March 7. 

Canada vs the Netherlands: preview, head-to-head, players to watch and broadcast info

Kenneth Heiner-Moller's team was outplayed in a 1-0 loss to hosts France despite unleashing a strong striker duo in Christine Sinclair and Jordyn Huitema. To make matters worse, the Canadians failed to hit the target and only had 39% possession of the ball.

On the other end of the spectrum, the Netherlands was the most dominant side in their first match of the tournament against Brazil. But the result of that match was a goalless draw that felt like a loss for the Dutch having had more possession, shots and shots on target. Eleven shots and four on target was not enough for the European side to win by a minimal difference. 

It would be safe to say that the Netherlands will enter the duel as a favorite, but Sarina Wiegman probably disagrees. Their previous match showed that they can play and create. It is the lack of finishing that doomed the Dutch and that will be a topic of conversation in team talks. As for Canada, this is a great opportunity to get three points. However, the Canadians need to find some spark in their games. The two-striker formation clearly did not work, and it was obvious that more pace was needed by the sidelines. 

Head-to-head

Canadians and Dutch players have stepped on the same pitch on five different occasions, and Canada leads the all-time series 3W-1D-1L. Despite winning more matches, Canada has dropped points on the most important ones.

The Netherlands had the final laugh at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup by defeating Canada 2-1 in their final group stage match. The draw took place in Canada at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. The Canadians came on top in two Cyprus Women's Cup meetings in 2012 and 2013, and an international friendly 

Players to watch

Jessie Fleming – Canada

Despite not starting against France, Jessie Fleming can be key in the buildup for Moller's side. Her wizardry style, similar to Rose Lavelle's, can put forwards into great positions, and that is something the team lacked throughout their first match. 

Sherida Spitse – the Netherlands

The Dutch team needs a veteran player who can lead this side to a victory, and Sherida Spitse is the player who will take that role on Saturday. Her ability and leadership from her central midfield position are just what this team needs.

Broadcast information

 

Match details, result and original broadcast info

Canada vs Netherlands

March 7, 2020 1:00pm

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France vs Brazil: preview, head-to-head, players to watch and broadcast info

Like Canada, Brazil failed to direct a single shot on frame during its match against the Netherlands. But unlike the North Americans, the South Americans received a point for their satisfactory performance. An important point that could become useful under one condition; if the Brazilians defeat France.

Corinne Diacre is most likely satisfied with the result on Wednesday, but she probably expects more from her team. The competition in this tournament is tight, given that all teams are ranked in the top-10 list. France looked dominant in front of its home crowd and will look to do the same in Valenciennes on Saturday.

Head-to-head

These two foes are familiar with one another as they enter their tenth-ever meeting. This matchup has favored France over the years accumulating a 4-5-0 all-time record. 

Their last meeting came in the shape of a 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup Round of 16 match, where France came on top 2-1 in extra time. 

Fun fact: The first four times these two sides met ended in draws, including a match at the 2003 Women's World Cup.

Players to watch

Amandine Henry – France

This second match of the competition is arguably the most important of the three. Luckily for the French, they are the only team with three points. One more win and they will be one step closer to win the first-ever Tournoi de France. With that being said, leadership will be an important factor and Amandine Henry has proven to be a good captain. 

Thaisa – Brazil 

This Brazilian side needs more of the ball. They looked slow coming into this tournament with the oldest age average and look so as well. It's going to take good midfield play to get the ball into dangerous positions and Thaisa playing a central role will be tasked with such things. She had a fantastic 2019 Women's World Cup and she has to prove herself once again.

Broadcast information

 

Match details, result and original broadcast info

France vs Brazil

March 7, 2020 3:00pm

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