United States – Canada
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Obviously, the No.1 ranked USWNT are pegged as favourites in today’s clash. If Canada were to beat their rivals today it would be the first time on a competitive or friendly stage in 20 years. The past fixtures will tell you that it is always a close, physical match between the two neighbouring countries, and I’m sure today will be no different..
The presence of esteemed centre back Buchanan has proved indispensable for the Canadian defence, having played every minute of the tournament so far.
New Zealand midfielder Annalie Longo is brought down by Canada defender Kadeisha Buchanan
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It was scenes of utter elation on the pitch after Canada defeated Brazil in a penalty shootout and advanced to the semi-finals. Whilst Bev Priestman’s side have only netted four goals all tournament, their defence has only let three goals slip.
Head coach Vlatko Andonovski will be hoping to re-gain some composure in today’s semi-final as his USNWT side aim towards another gold medal final.
The USWNT’s Tokyo tournament has been far from the domineering, much to the surprise of many. A nervy penalty shootout against the Netherlands booked the USNWT a place in the semi-final following a game that saw USA miss a penalty and suffer two disallowed goals.
Suspension for Riviere
Defender Jayde Riviere will miss today’s semi-final after receiving two yellow cards over the first four games.
Canada’s starting 11..
Two changes for USA:
Alex Morgan and Rose Lavelle make their way back in the starting 11, with winning penalty shooter Megan Rapinoe on the bench for USA.
Álex Morgan (Estados Unidos)
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Here’s how the USWNT line up today..
The two sides are all to familiar with battling it out on the global stage, and today’s Olympic contest will be there 62nd meeting of all time. The stats lean heavily in favour of the USA who remain unbeaten against Canada in 36 games.
Welcome to LIVE coverage of today’s first semi-final clash, as USA take on Canada at the Ibaraki Kashima Stadium in Japan KO 9:00 (BST). My name is Anna Minter, and I’ll providing updates for you this morning/evening, wherever you are!