Canada wrapped up their World Cup preparations with a dramatic 2-1 victory over Twenty fourth-ranked Japan on Thursday, leaving head coach John Herdman reassured they’ll deal with the problem forward.
“The 47-year-old admitted winning on a Panenka penalty (which is when a player tries a cheeky, chipped shot down the middle) was nervy, but testified to Canada’s belief heading into their first World Cup in 36 years.”
“It was necessary for our confidence to get a outcome, and to win was the icing on the cake,” Herdman mentioned.
“I wanted to see that this group of males might carry that id in opposition to a staff like Japan, which technically is among the finest on this planet. So for me tonight, this was an actual staff efficiency.”
It appeared Canada can be pressured to accept a draw till the ninety fifth minute when Lucas Cavallini controversially chipped the goalkeeper from the spot to win 2-1. The ball virtually didn’t cross the road.
“I’m just so happy for Lucas Cavallini. It took a lot of courage to have that moment right at the end and then to do the Panenka, it just shows this is new Canada. It has that swagger.”
“I said a few things to the lads because the last time he did a Panenka, he missed it … so I said, ‘If he Panenka’s it, he’s in trouble’ and he went and did it,” Herdman laughed.
“But that tells you they’ve got that swagger … The mentality going into this game was they had to score tonight. I wasn’t worried about what was happening at the other end. But I told them I was disappointed in the Uruguay game when they never delivered on the goals.”
“I said, ‘My kids in the front room never got to celebrate; your parents didn’t.’ So we just brought the joy of the goals, and I think that’s important. But I think also tonight we showed that defensive quality. We might have got out of jail on a couple of moments when they hit the post, but we’re going to ride our luck, and they did at times as well.”
Additionally, the supervisor supplied an replace on Alphonso Davies’ availability and midfielder Stephen Eustáquio who sat on the bench in opposition to Japan as a precaution.
“(Davies) is on his solution to be part of us, and we’ll assess him as quickly as he arrives to see if we will get him at prime pace. Progressively, we’ll see how that one goes.”
“There’s just one Alphonso Davies, and we’re actually eager to get him again.”
“(Eustáquio) is a key participant, and we’ve got to verify his well being is the primary precedence.”
Looking forward, Canada begins their World Cup marketing campaign in opposition to Belgium on Wednesday.