Canada’s recreation towards Uruguay was all the time going to be extra concerning the classes realized towards top-class opposition than the end result itself.
Unsurprisingly, the Reds fell 2-0 to the South American giants due to first-half objectives from Nicols de la Cruz and Darwin Nunez. Nevertheless, the CanMNT gave pretty much as good as they acquired, outshooting Uruguay 11-6 and controlling 55% possession.
Ultimately, all of it got here all the way down to that quite simple reality of taking your possibilities.
“The large studying is how scientific they had been,” head coach John Herdman mentioned after Tuesday’s defeat. “When that stage of high quality is on the market, we’ve got to take our possibilities, as a result of the standard is there to place it in on the opposite aspect.”
CF Montreal center-back Kamal Miller arguably had Canada’s finest likelihood of the match however did not convert a superb supply from FC Porto’s Stephen Eustaquio. Like Herdman, Miller actually realized a precious lesson from Tuesday’s pleasant and nonetheless left with loads of positives.
“General, it was a very good efficiency and we depart the sector with a bitter style in our mouths, figuring out for the higher a part of the sport we dominated,” Miller mentioned. “I feel it’s a very good lesson for us once we play these high groups and these top-level gamers, all they want is one second and you will get punished from dead-ball conditions, we’ve got to watch out across the field.”
Canada have one remaining recreation earlier than the World Cup begins, going through Japan in a pleasant simply days earlier than their Group F opener towards Belgium on November 23.
That match, similar to this one towards Uruguay, was booked particularly to check the CanMNT towards the kind of opposition they’re going to face throughout the group phases – precious expertise given that is their first World Cup since 1986.
“I feel what you’ll be able to say, the boys competed properly and it was a aggressive match,” Herdman mirrored on Tuesday’s loss, including: “So will or not it’s when it comes to the subsequent recreation towards Japan, who pose a special menace; you’ve seen their high quality simply a few nights in the past (2-0 win towards the USA).
“They’re a very good crew they usually’ll give us the identical kind of depth. You’d like to have extra video games in-built and get that feeling of what it means to enter these areas and actually put your self in positions to attain objectives, and I feel that’s going to be a type of key messages going ahead.”