The Canadian women’s team was far from perfect through the first round of the Tokyo Olympics.
But it was “Mission: Accomplished” for Bev Priestman’s side who finished second in Group E and booked a spot in the quarter-finals where they will face Brazil on Friday. Priestman was pleased with her team's overall performance over the course of their opening three matches.
"We’ve gone undefeated and you can’t scoff at that in an Olympic Games. We’ve grown through the group phase. That performance tonight, how resilient it was, there were moments of the game where I thought we were very good and moments where we can be better. It’s going to set us up nicely for what’s to come in the knockout round,” Priestman told reporters after Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Great Britain.
Here are my three major takeaways from Canada's group stage performance in Japan.