Canada’s 2023 Women’s World Cup campaign came to a painful conclusion on Monday as they were completely outclassed by tournament hosts Australia during a 4-0 loss.
There were disappointing performances across the board from the Canadian team, who struggled at both ends of the pitch. For Australia, Hayley Raso scored a brace in the ninth and then 39th minutes, before Mary Fowler added a third in the 58th, and Stephanie Catley scored a fourth from a penalty in stoppage time. As a result, Canada failed to advance beyond the group stage of the World Cup for the first time since the 2011 tournament.
Here is how CanWNT’s players performed in their disappointing group stage finale against Australia.
Kailen Sheridan – 3.5/10
Sheridan wrapped up a disappointing tournament by allowing four goals in Canada’s tournament finale. The consistent defensive miscues were hardly her fault, and she bailed them out on a few occasions, but more often than not contributed to the chaos with some poor command of her area. She was actually beaten a fifth time as well, but it was ruled marginally offside.
Jayde Riviere – 5/10
Riviere was busy down her flank throughout her 45 minutes spent on the pitch as Australia consistently targeted that side. She won all six of her duels, made two interceptions and five tackles. However, the Aussies were able to get in behind her on a few occasions, including on their opening goal.
Kadeisha Buchanan – 4.5/10
Buchanan struggled to get her timing right throughout the 90 minutes, often leading to defensive breakdowns for Canada at the back. The usually solid defender was all over the shop on Monday and despite winning seven of nine duels was often undisciplined in her touches and interceptions around the box. Australia capitalized.
Vanessa Gilles – 6/10
Gilles was perhaps the lone bright spot on Canada’s back line, making some key tackles and interventions to keep things from getting even worse. She made four interceptions, six clearances, two tackles and two blocks while winning nine of sixteen duels.
Ashley Lawrence – 3.5/10
Lawrence was simply outclassed by an outstanding Australian right side. Even after she shifted over to right fullback in the second half, she was still beaten far too often looking off the pace. Lawrence won just two of five duels contested, completed just 63 per cent of her passes while making very few major defensive contributions.
Quinn – 5/10
They just weren’t able to have their usual influence over the match as Canada’s midfield was often quickly bypassed by a direct Australian side. They did well to get the ball forward on a few occasions but were also caught in possession far too often.
Julia Grosso – 5/10
Grosso struggled, especially defensively, during the first half. She won just one of three duels contested, and while she connected 89 per cent of her passes, few of them were progressive enough to cause the Australia backline any problems.
Jessie Fleming – 4.5/10
Fleming failed to influence the match in a significant manner, making just 63 per cent of her passes and winning seven of 17 contested duels and being dribbled past five times. Her usually pinpoint deliveries were off as she completed just three of eight crosses. She also gave away a late penalty, which was inconsequential at that point.
Adriana Leon – 4/10
Leon had a few bright moments of a least attempting to be a difference-maker in the final third for Canada, but her execution was all off. She lost all six duels, and none of her three attempted crosses found their target. She also lost possession 12 times during 26 overall touches.
Jordyn Huitema – 5.5/10
Huitema was a presence up top for Canada during the opening half, winning six of seven duels, including both that she contested in the air and winning two fouls. Once again, however, her final ball and crossing let her down at times. Nonetheless, her removal was the match was surprising as perhaps Canada’s most promising attacker.
Christine Sinclair – 5/10
Earning the start after a rare substitute appearance off the bench last match, Sinclair combined well with teammates in the attacking third, but failed to get herself in any dangerous shooting positions during 45 minutes of action. If this is to be her final major tournament appearance it was a disappointing way to go out for Canada’s greatest player.
Allysha Chapman — 5/10
Chapman failed to stop the bleeding at the back after being introduced at halftime. She was her usual aggressive self at left-back, but her only notable contribution was a coming together with goalscorer Raso in the second half.
Sophie Schmidt – 6/10
In her final match for the Canadian women’s national team, Schmidt came off the bench and provided an instant impact in the middle of the park. Schmidt made a key pass, won eight of nine duels, and had two shot attempts as one of the few inventive Canadian players on the park on Monday. She did, however, lose Fowler in the box on the third goal.
Cloé Lacasse – 5.5/10
Lacasse had some bright moments down the wing after her introduction at half-time, having a shot blocked and completing two of four dribbles. She also completed 16 of her 20 attempted passes.
Deanne Rose – 5/10
Rose struggled to get significantly involved during the match after coming on at half-time, with just 13 touches. She attempted just four passes, completing two and had a shot on target during 45 minutes.
Evelyne Viens – 6/10
Viens was direct and impactful after coming on as a late substitute, creating one of Canada’s best chances of the match with a well-taken strike that forced a good save from Mackenzie Arnold. She also had a key pass, and won two of four aerial duels.
Olivia Smith* – 6/10
Smith came on as a late substitute and instantly showed her class and why she is one of the most exciting prospects in this country. She had a shot on target, and won four of five duels while making two tackles and getting stuck in all over the pitch.
*Canada was given an extra substitution because Adriana Leon was removed from the match as a result of a potential head injury.