Today, Wednesday, Feb. 24, is the final day of the 2021 SheBelieves Cup. Brazil and Canada play at 4:00 pm ET, while the USA plays Argentina at 7:00 pm ET. The USWNT close in on their fourth SheBelieves Cup win; Brazil and Canada are still alive but need help to lift the trophy.
USWNT close in on 2021 SheBelieves Cup
The standings show that the USWNT sits on six points, Brazil and Canada have three points, and Argentina has no points. This means that the USA are the frontrunners, Brazil and Canada each need a win and a USA loss to win, and Argentina was eliminated after the second match. Let’s take a look at how the USA can take home the trophy tonight.
USA the frontrunners against eliminated Argentina.
The USWNT has not played their best soccer in the 2021 SheBelieves Cup, but they still have beaten the stiffest competition. This has put them in a position where all they need is a draw against lowly Argentina to hoist their record-setting fourth SheBelieves Cup. It would take a huge letdown for this to not happen.
While this could be seen as some by a trap game, it can also be seen as a championship game. The USWNT won’t come out and lay an egg against this Argentina side. While Argentina is eliminated the chance to go up against the USWNT is a great opportunity. Playing against the best could bring out the best. However, it may be very difficult for Argentina who has struggled with its attack. Will the USWNT close in on another SheBelieves Cup win, or will they fall leaving the window open for Brazil or Canada.
Brazil & Canada still alive, but need help
Brazil and Canada are still alive, but each side needs a win, a USA loss, and they will need a better goal differential than the USA. This has a very low probability to happen, but if either side can outplay the other, then they will have to wait and see what happens in the USA-Argentina game.
Brazil has shown they have a great attack in the transition moments but are still a leg behind the top few teams in the world. They have a veteran roster that knows how to defend well as a group and spring attacks. Canada comes into this match without their veteran leaders, their youthful squad has struggled in this tournament. This would mean that Brazil should have the leg up in this match. what should we all expect for this high-flying final day of this tournament?
What to expect on the final matchday
The first match, Brazil vs Canada will be a fiery affair. Both sides know that they need a win where they score a lot of goals and a USA loss. Whether or not either of these teams come close to lifting the trophy, this game will still be important. Coming into the tournament both sides knew they would be going to the Summer Olympics, so this match will be a great tune-up for that, while also still being alive for the SheBelives Cup.
The USWNT should come out firing against Argentina. They haven’t scored many goals this tournament, but have been getting a lot of chances. The probability that the US will have the majority of possession and put up a lot of shots on Argentina is high. If they can convert some of those chances early, then they should get multiple goals!
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