Mission accomplished for Bev Priestman after two straight wins in Australia in Canada’s first step on the road to the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Despite missing her entire backline, the Canada coach saw her seventh-ranked side concede just one goal with defenders Bianca St-Georges and Jade Rose making the most of playing time. Priestman deployed a new 4-2-3-1 formation with Manchester United forward Adriana Leon accounting for all the goals in 1-0 and 2-1 victories over the 12th-ranked Matildas in Brisbane and Sydney.
The Australians pressed Canada and were quick on the counterattack Tuesday in taking a 1-0 first-half lead before some 27,000 at the newly rebuilt Allianz Stadium. But the Canadians came out with renewed purpose after the break, pulling ahead on Leon goals in the 48th and 64th minute.
“At halftime for me, it was probably just demanding more from the group,” Priestman…