Canada's women's soccer team faces long odds to repeat as Olympic bronze medallists. But this young squad, vastly different than the team which captivated the country in 2012, is out to prove they're for real.
"Our goal heading into this tournament is to prove London wasn't a fluke and that we're a power," captain Christine Sinclair told reporters after the team's final practice on Tuesday before kicking off its Olympics Wednesday in Sao Paulo against Australia. The match is scheduled for 2 p.m., ET and will be shown live on the CBC Olympics website, CBC Rio 2016 app and CBC TV (pre-game show starts at 1:30).
Canada comes into the tournament ranked 10th in FIFA's latest rankings and is pooled in a group with second-ranked Germany, fifth-ranked Australia and 95th-ranked Zimbabwe.
With the new 12-team format this time around – London hosted 24 teams in 2012 – Canada doesn't necessarily have to pull an upset in group stage to advance to the knockout stage, as the top two third-place group finishers will advance.
But being underdogs is familiar territory for Canada, who pulled out a stunning upset over host Great Britain in the 2012 Olympic quarter-finals.
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