FIFA World Cup Quarter Finals
53, 855 spectators attended the Round of 16 knock-out match between Canada and Switzerland on Sunday, making it one for the records books with the highest attendance for any national team match (any sport, men or women) ever in Canada. With a slow start to the match in the first half, both teams came out ready for battle in the second with Switzerland putting up a valiant effort in front of the Vancouver crowd.
“We were really impressed with the support at BC Place, it was brilliant tonight, ” Team Canada’s Coach John Herdman told media after the match. “Walking out in front of 50-odd thousand people and who would have thought for women’s football. It was just one of those surreal days.”
Supporters on the upper level of the stadium’s south end kept a steady drum beat going along with modified Whitecaps FC songs, with the rest of the crowd joining in intermittently for a simple “Ca-na-da! (clap, clap, clap)” chant.
In the press conference, Switzerland’s Coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg thanked the Canadian audiences in Edmonton and Vancouver for being welcoming and friendly. She also reflected on their play and their time at the World Cup: “What didn’t work? We didn’t score a goal. It was a highly intensive match, it was exactly what was expected.” She said that she feels badly for her players but at the same time, this has been a huge experience for them. Switzerland made their FIFA Women’s World Cup debut at this tournament and they’re now looking ahead to Euro 2017.
The next guest in the press conference room was Canada’s goalkeeper — and Player of the Match — Erin McLeod who praised her teammates and talked about working up to that 1-0 victory.
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