Canada battled valiantly and fought until the end, but fell 1-0 to Mexico on Sunday to see their Olympic dreams come to an end.
Whitecaps FC midfielders Michael Baldisimo and Patrick Metcalfe started for Canada, with fellow Whitecaps FC BMO Academy System product David Norman at centre back. Theo Bair and Ryan Raposo subbed on in the second half, and Derek Cornelius sat out with an injury suffered in the final group match against Honduras. The 'Caps players will travel to Utah on Monday as they await the arrival of the team on Friday.
The Canadians defended well throughout the first half, with goalkeepr James Pantemis coming up with numerous big plays. However a missed pass in the second half ultimately proved costly as the home team capitalized for the opening goal.
GOAL 🇲🇽— OneSoccer (@onesoccer) March 29, 2021
Uriel Antuna gives Mexico a 1-0 lead and one foot in the door for Tokyo 2020 as #CanM23 GK James Pantemis gifts an easy go-ahead to the opposition
Can Canada turn this around? They've got 30 minutes ⏰
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A few minutes later the Mexicans found a second after a header went off the post then rebounded in for 2-0.
GOAL 🇲🇽🇲🇽— OneSoccer (@onesoccer) March 29, 2021
Just 2 minutes later, and it's heartbreak for the #CanM23, as Mexico's Johan Vasquez finds the back of the net to give his team a 2-0 lead in the 65th minute
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