|23 July 2015|
|20||Semi-final||7:30pm||BRA - CAN||0 - 0 (3 - 5 SO)||Official||x 2|
The second mens semifinal was between Brazil and Canada. The match started with both teams having shots on goal in the opening minutes. First, Canada’s Matt Guest had a shot blocked by Brazil’s keeper Rodrigo Faustino. And then Patrick van der Heijden had a shot blocked by Canada’s keeper Dave Carter. After facing tough defense by Brazil in the midfield, Canada’s Scott Tupper sent the ball to Sukhi Panesar who had a shot blocked by Faustino. Canada’s Mark Pearson was there for the rebound, but the shot went high. Ten minutes into the first quarter the match was still scoreless. Brazil kept playing good defense to force Canada to pass the ball throughout the midfield. During a scramble in front of the goal, Faustino made a big save in the 13th minute to prevent Canada from scoring. In the final two minutes of the first quarter, Brazil had most of the possession, but Canada played incredibly strong defense to prevent Brazil from entering their attacking circle.
The second quarter started with the score still Brazil 0, Canada 0. In the 18th minute, Guest had the first shot of the second quarter, but his shot was saved by multiple Brazil defenders. Canada then earned the first penalty corner of the match, but failed to fully inject the ball. Canada continued to pressure on attack, but Brazil continued to play excellent team defense to keep Canada away from its attacking circle for the rest of the second quarter. With one of Canada’s few shots in the second quarter, again by Guest, going wide in the final minute, the score at halftime remained Brazil 0, Canada 0.
In the opening minutes of the third quarter both battled intensely for possession. In the 35th minute, the crowd started to get really loud cheering for Canada, but Patrick van der Heijden and Bruno Sousa continued to play and lead excellent team defense for Brazil. In the 38th minute, Canada earned their second penalty corner of the match, but Brazil’s defense blocked the shot. In the 41st minute Patrick van der Heijden had another big run on attack, but Canada recovered the ball before van der Heijden could get a shot off. Brazil continued to play incredibly strong defense for the rest of the third quarter to largely prevent Canada from entering their attacking circle. Brazil’s Luis Reus earned a yellow card in the 45th minute and then the third quarter ended with the score still Brazil 0, Canada 0.
The fourth quarter started with Canada having a man advantage due to the yellow card to Reus. In the 51st minute, Gordon Johnston nearly had a goal for Canada, but the shot looked to be saved by the majority of Brazil’s team. In the 54th minute, Canada earned a penalty corner, but Faustino saved the shot. Lucas Paixao then had a run on attack for Brazil, but again Brazil could not manage to retain possession. Canada’s Gabriel Ho-Garcia looked to find Guest in the final seconds, but the ball went wide.
With the match still tied Brazil 0, Canada 0 at the end of regulation, the match went into a penalty shoot out.
In the shoot out, in front of a roaring crowd, Mark Pearson went first for Canada and successfully dodged Faustino for the score. Then Brazil’s Yuri van der Heijden beat Canada’s keeper Dave Carter for the score. Canada’s Devohn Noronha Teixeira just got the ball in on the right post past Faustino for the score. Brazil’s Patrick van der Heijden then did a similar move scoring from the right post around Carter. Canada’s Sukhi Panesar had a long battle with Faustino, but just got the ball in the cage. Carter saved the shot by Reus. And then Gordon Johnston hit a ball from the top of the circle past Faustino. Brazil’s Stephane Smith then scored. Canada’s Adam Froese shoot out goal lifted high over Faustino gave Canada the semifinal win to advance to the final against Argentina on 25 July. Brazil will play Chile for the bronze medal.
|Canada||PEARSON Mark (#19)||FAUSTINO Rodrigo (#31)||X|
|Brazil||van der HEIJDEN Yuri (#8)||CARTER David (#30)||X|
|Canada||NORONHA TEIXEIRA Devohn (#5)||FAUSTINO Rodrigo (#31)||X|
|Brazil||van der HEIJDEN Patrick (#15)||CARTER David (#30)||X|
|Canada||PANESAR Sukhi (#27)||FAUSTINO Rodrigo (#31)||X|
|Brazil||REUS Luis (#29)||CARTER David (#30)||O|
|Canada||JOHNSTON Gordon (#16)||FAUSTINO Rodrigo (#31)||X|
|Brazil||SMITH Stephane (#9)||CARTER David (#30)||X|
|Canada||FROESE Adam (#14)||FAUSTINO Rodrigo (#31)||X|
|Canada||15||23||SMYTHE Iain||Green Card|
|Brazil||45||29||REUS Luis||Yellow Card|
|Brazil||47||10||BORGES Matheus||Green Card|