Canada celebrates Jessie Fleming’s goal in their World Cup game against New Zealand on June 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Canada will play Sweden in the FIFA World Cup’s Round of 16 on Monday. This is the first time the Canadian national team has advanced to the second round of a World Cup in Europe.
Canada completed their group fixtures with a 1-0 win over Cameroon, a 2-0 win over New Zealand and a 2-1 loss against the eighth-ranked Netherlands. This gave them a second-place finish in Group E.
Canada were hoping to make it through the group stage without losing, but the Netherlands put a halt to this. However, the match led to some records: Canada’s Rebecca Quinn, who came on for the second half, registered her 50th cap while Sinclair scored her 182nd international goal. Sinclair’s goal makes her one of only two players to score in five different World Cups. She joins Brazil’s Marta in her accomplishment.
Sweden, ranked ninth compared to Canada’s fifth, will be heading into the game with a 2-1 record as well. They beat both Chile and Thailand but suffered a 2-0 loss to the United States.
In the last eight matchups, Canada has fared 3-2-3 against Sweden. The two countries last met in March at the Algarve Cup where it ended in a 0-0 draw.
This knockout game will take place on Monday, June 24th at 3pm. The game can be seen on TSN and CTV.