While playing for the bronze is a letdown for France and Canada, the two nations can at least still salvage a medal in London.
On the brink of upsetting Team USA, Canada suffered a devastating loss in the semifinals, allowing a header by Alex Morgan during stoppage time of extra time.
After squandering a 3-2 lead that would have sent them to a championship match against Japan, Canada must rebound in a hurry.
France nearly orchestrated a rally against Japan, but they were unable to capitalize on a penalty kick that would have tied the match during the waning minutes. As a result, France lost 2-1 and will instead fight for third place.
If both sides have anything left in the tank following a grueling road to the bronze match, Canada and France can put on an enthralling show.
Where: City of Conventry Stadium, Conventry, England
When: Thursday, August 9, 8 a.m. EST on NBC Sports
Live Stream: NBC Olympics
Canada Team Breakdown
As Team USA celebrated an improbable victory sealed seconds before approaching penalty kicks, a dejected and exhausted Canada squad lay on the field. After the crushing defeat, they barely looked capable of walking—let alone returning to action in a few days.
Canada reached new territory by gaining a lead over the U.S. in Monday's instant classic. Yet, the day ended in heartbreak after Team USA escaped with the win.
Following a remarkable three-goal performance, Christine Sinclair is none too pleased with the result. Canada's fired-up star, furious at the officials for awarding Abby Wambach a penalty kick that tied the match, has a chip on her shoulder heading into their consolation game.
"I wouldn't want to be the team that plays us next," she told Tales Azzoni of The Associated Press.
Okay, so maybe they are still amped up for their next opponent.
After registering a hat trick in the semifinals, Sinclair leads all women with six Olympic goals. Canada's 11 goals—four of the other five credited to Melissa Tancredi—is tied with their next opponent for second-most scores behind Team USA.
They lost to the other gold-medal contender, Japan, in a 2-1 loss during group play, so it's time for them to prove their worth against a top team.
France Team Breakdown
France also looked poised to compete for the gold. Despite trailing 2-0, France fought back and controlled the tempo for most of the contest.
After nearly tying the match on a few occasions, France fell short against Japan to set up a rematch for the gold.
France coach Bruno Bini feels that the superior team is suiting up for the bronze match (via Fox Sports).
''In the last 20 minutes we played very well and were even better than Japan. They barely reached our side of the pitch.''
While Canada boasts two prolific scorers, France contains an array of players who can find the net. Although none of their players have notched more than two goals, they have also scored 11 of them during the Olympics.
Goalkeeeper Sarah Bouhaddi will continue to determine France's success. Excluding a tough match against a star-studded American squad that scored four times, Bouhaddi allowed four goals in the other four matches.
Prediction: In a tightly-contested matchup, a Canada squad that feels wronged for losing to Team USA prevails by a score of 3-2. Sinclair exacts revenge on France with at least one more goal.
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