Canada have their backs against the wall with just one match remaining in the group phase after back-to-back losses to Spain and Uzbekistan at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Indonesia 2023. Canada lost 3:0 to Uzbekistan on Monday night and fell to last place in Group B with just one match day left before the knockout phase.
Canada still have a fighting chance to reach the second round when they face Mali in three days at Gelora Bung Tomo Stadium in Benowo (16.00 local / 04.00 ET / 01.00 PT). Canada must win and be amongst the top-four third-place teams to reach Round of 16 at the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
“We started off well and created a couple of chances, but that first Uzbekistan goal knocked us off our heels and rattled us a bit after which we never recovered,” said Andrew Olivieri, Canada Soccer’s U-17 Coach. “We’ve got to live these experiences to learn how to recover. Right now, it’s about pride and picking ourselves up and showing we can turn around a result like this and leave Indonesia proud.”
Beyond the group stage which runs 10-18 November, the Round of 16 is scheduled for 20-21 November, the Quarterfinals are scheduled for 24-25 November, the Semifinals on 28 November, the Match for Third Place on 1 December, and the Final on Saturday 2 December. In Canada throughout the competition, all the matches will be broadcast through TSN and RDS. Fans will find extended coverage across Canada Soccer’s digital channels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter featuring the hashtag #canm17.
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