The Canadian women’s soccer team, ranked 10th in the FIFA rankings, beat Jamaica, ranked 37th, 4-1 on aggregate to qualify for the Paris Olympics as the last team from the CONCACAF region. Canada defeated Jamaica 2-1 at the BMO Stadium on Tuesday in the second match of a two-legged Olympic qualifier. Earlier on Friday, they won the first match at the National Stadium in Kingston with a margin of 2-0.
The entire 29 thousand 212 seat stadium was full that day. Canada won Tuesday’s game with goals from Chloe Lacasse and Jordyn Whittemer. Apart from this, another important aspect of today’s match was that it was the first time that such a large number of spectators attended a women’s or men’s football match. Drew Spence scored the only goal for Jamaica in Tuesday’s match.
The U.S. already booked its ticket to the Olympic Games by defeating reigning Olympic champion Canada 1-0 at the 2022 CONCACAF Women’s Championship. Jamaica lost 3–0 to Canada in the semifinals, but beat Costa Rica 1–0 in extra time in the third-place playoff match to qualify for a playoff match with Canada.
Canada’s women’s soccer team has competed in the last four Olympics. In 2008, he finished eighth at the Beijing Olympics but has won gold and bronze medals in the last three events. Also, Canada has won all of the last ten matches they have played against Jamaica.
Lacasse scored Canada’s first goal in Tuesday’s match. Sydney took the ball from Collins to give the team a 1-0 lead. Canada then created a series of scoring chances, but Jamaica’s Spence tied the game with a free kick. He scored the goal in the 33rd minute of the match. Whittema scored in the 50th minute to give Canada a 2-1 lead. Canadian women’s footballers maintained this gap until the end of the match.