CONCACAF Women's Championship Semi-Final Review
Credit: Joerdeli Photography | Daniela Porcelli

CONCACAF Women's Championship Semi-Final Review

The pre-tournament favourites made short work of their opponents to qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.

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Kudzi Musarurwa

With a chance to make next year's FIFA Women's World Cup up for grabs, Canada and the United States of America put in strong performances and advanced to the final of the CONCACAF Women's Championship.

Panama 0-7 Canada

With the tournament's best goalkeeper out as a precaution, Panama were no match for the Canadians as they were defeated by seven goals to nil. Yenith Bailey was one of the few changes that Panama's head coach Raiza Gutierrez made as they conceded defeat and decided to save players for the third place match.

Canada were held at bay until the 44 minute when captain Christine Sinclair nodded them ahead. After the break, the Canadians poured forward and added six more goals to their total. Jessie Fleming scored the second two minutes after the break, Sinclair got her second in the two minutes later. With the floodgates open Janine Beckie made it four in the ten minutes later before Rebecca Quinn scored the fifth just after the hour. Not to be outdone, substitute Adriana Leon grabbed a two-minute brace 15 minutes from time.

Canada has now set up a showdown with the US on Wednesday night in Chicago at the Toyota Stadium while Panama will face Jamaica on Tuesday night at the same venue.

USA 6-0 Jamaica

Like Panama, Jamaica rested many of their usual starting players and that allowed the USWNT to take full control of the match, as they had done in the group stage. Tobin Heath started the rout early with a goal in the second minute and Megan Rapinoe made it two in the 15 minute with a nice finish from a tight angle. Julie Ertz and Heath made it 4-0 with goals in the 21 minute and 29 minutes, and Alex Morgan finished off the scoring in the first half with a goal in the 33 minute. Morgan then scored her second and the sixth of the match five minutes before the full-time whistle to cap off another strong showing by the hosts.

The final will see the US and Canada go toe-to-toe once again and although the USWNT have the better record against Canada, the Canadians have recently made the matches between the two sides tight and tense affairs. Neither side will take it easy on Wednesday and  Morgan will want to make sure she wins the Golden Boot with goals in the final and prevent Leon from taking that honour.

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