Canada eliminated from FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2022 after 3:1 loss to France


Canada were eliminated from the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2022 after a 3:1 loss to France on Sunday night. Canada fought hard against a highly-rated France team and conceded more goals as an unfortunate outcome of their push to get back into the game. Olivia Smith scored Canada’s lone goal late in added time.

The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2022 is an important opportunity for Canadian players to gain international youth experience on their path to the Women’s National Team. Canada lost their opener 2:0 to Korea Republic on Thursday and will next face group leaders Nigeria on Wednesday night.

“The kids have taken everything that we have thrown at them and they have grown throughout this tournament, but now they are going to rest and reset to face Nigeria in a few days,” said Cindy Tye, Canada Soccer’s Women’s U-20 National Team Coach. “I have no doubt that they will step forward again when they face Nigeria because I know that they will keep rising and that we will grow again.”


Canada moved the ball well early on and attacked with confidence. Canada created two scoring chances in the opening 15 minutes including a volley from Miya Grant-Clavijo that just sailed wide of the post. France came close to opening the scoring in the 33rd minute but Canadian goalkeeper Anna Karpenko made one of her many saves of the night. Karpenko went on to save the Reds again with a double save in the 45th minute.

France broke the deadlock in the 51st minute when Magnaba Folquet’s header went off the crossbar and into the net. France doubled their lead in the 65th minute when Folquet took a shot that was deflected and sent the ball in the opposite direction of Karpenko. Esther Mbakem-Niaro then scored France’s third goal in the 89th minute before the Smith goal in the 96th minute.

Canada will face group leaders Nigeria in their last group match on Wednesday 17 August, with the match again broadcast on TSN. Beyond the group phase, the Quarter-Finals are 20 and 21 August, the Semi-Finals are 25 August, and both the Match for Third Place and Final. Fans will find extended coverage for the Canadian Championship across Canada Soccer’s digital channels on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube featuring the hashtag #canw20.

Canada are Olympic champions (Tokyo in 2021), two-time bronze medal winners (2012 and 2016), and two-time Concacaf champions (1998 and 2010). In all, Canada have participated in seven consecutive editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ (1995 to 2019) and four consecutive editions of the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament (2008 to 2021). At Tokyo 2020, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team became the first Canadian team to win three consecutive medals at the Summer Olympic Games and just the third nation in the world to win three medals in women’s soccer.

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Youth Teams, meanwhile, have won four Concacaf youth titles: the 2004 and 2008 Concacaf Women’s Under-20 Championship, the 2010 Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship, and the 2014 Concacaf Girls’ Under-15 Championship. Canada have qualified for eight editions of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup (including a silver medal at Canada 2002) and all seven editions of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup (including a fourth-place finish at Uruguay 2018).

Goals / Buts
FRA 51′ Magnaba Folquet (header / tête) 1-0 (a. Oceane Hurtre)
FRA 66′ Magnaba Folquet (right / droit) 2-0 (a. Manssita Traore)
FRA 89′ Esther Mbakem-Niaro (right / droit) 3-0 (a. Vicki Becho)
CAN 90’+6′ Olivia Smith (right / droit) 3-1

CANADA – 1 GK Anna Karpenko; 14 Brooklyn Courtnall (15 Elisabeth Tse HT), 12 Vivianne Bessette, 4 Jade Rose capt., 3 Mia Pante (5 Annika Leslie 74′), 13 Simi Awujo, 8 Sonia Walk (10 Nikayla Small 74′, 16 Keera Melenhorst 81′), 2 Zoe Burns, 11 Kaila Novak (18 Olivia Smith 58′), 9 Miya Grant-Clavijo (19 Serita Thurton 58′), 17 Holly Ward. Coach / entraîneure Cindy Tye. Unused substitutes / substituts non utilisés: 20 GK Sierra Giorgio, 21 GK Coralie Lallier, 6 Zara Chavoshi, 7 Florianne Jourde.

Performance of the Match / Performance du match:
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