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Canada vs. Cameroon 2019 Women’s World Cup: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

Two teams with eyes on a deep run try to avoid an early upset

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The 2019 World Cup rolls on with two more games today, both of which feature a solid favorite to advance out of the group stage facing an underdog. First up, in Group D, Japan will take on Argentina, who feature former Washington Spirit playmaker Estefania Banini as their captain. The number of former Spirit players ramp up in the day’s second game, as Canada and Cameroon will have as many as five ex-Spirit players on the field.

Let’s start with the early game. Japan had to watch yesterday’s England vs. Scotland game with a bit of concern, as a) England looked very good, and b) Scotland seemed perfectly capable of getting out of this group as well. A young Nadeshiko squad — they’ve only got two players over the age of 30 — has shown that they can play with anyone, but they’ve also had the customary inconsistency that comes with any young team. With the rest of this group looking very strong, a stumble today could be a major problem for Japan.

Argentina, meanwhile, has gone through a lot just to get here. For a stretch of time during Banini’s stint with Washington, her national team was no longer ranked by FIFA because they hadn’t bothered playing a single international match in two years. This squad has had to fight for even the extraordinarily modest funding the Argentine FA has doled out.

Can they pull off a shock today? It’s a longshot. Teams know that they can crowd Banini (who now plays in Spain with Levante) out of the game in the midfield, and though target forward Sole Jaimes can still be a menace, it’s hard for her to do her job if the midfield can’t get her the ball. Japan may be a bit less able to cut Banini out of the game, given their preference for playing 442, but it would be a monumental upset if this ends in even a draw.

Location: Parc des Princes (Paris)

Kickoff time: 12:00pm Eastern

Available TV: Fox Sports 1, NBC Universo

Available streaming: If you subscribe to fuboTV via this link, your friends at B&RU get some cash!

Here are your other options: Fox Sports Go, Fox Soccer Match Pass, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, NBC Universo Now

For listings in other countries, check out LiveSoccerTV.com.

Recommended reading: Here are our previews of this young Japan side, and of the Argentine underdogs.


Today’s second game is probably going to be more even, though Canada will still be the favorites in a tricky Group E encounter. It’s hard to get a read on what the Canadians are capable of. On one hand, they’ve given up just one goal in eight matches in 2019; on the other, they have just 8 goals scored in those games. While six of their opponents are teams in this World Cup, only one (England) is at or above Canada’s level.

It will be interesting to see what a defense-first (and second, and third) team like Canada can do against Cameroon. Les Lionnes Indomptable are an eclectic mix, with former Spirit captain Estelle Johnson joining a team that includes several players based in France, several more in the Cameroonian domestic league, and Houston-born winger Michaela Abam. Cameroon were the surprise of the 2015 World Cup, upsetting Switzerland and giving Japan a really tough game before falling to China in a tense 1-0 Round of 16 clash.

Anything less than a win for Canada would be considered a substantial surprise, but given that Canada’s attack hasn’t really been able to create much of late, a single Cameroon goal could really turn those expectations on their head.

Location: Stade de la Mosson (Montpellier)

Kickoff time: 3:00pm Eastern

Available TV: Fox Sports 1, NBC Universo

Available streaming: If you subscribe to fuboTV via this link, your friends at B&RU get some cash!

Here are your other options: Fox Sports Go, Fox Soccer Match Pass, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, NBC Universo Now

For listings in other countries, check out LiveSoccerTV.com.

Recommended reading: That Canadian attack is their major question mark, despite having Christine Sinclair on the brink of being the top goalscorer in the history of international soccer (men’s or women’s). Our preview doesn’t rate Canada as highly as many observers do. Finally, for Cameroon, we see their game against New Zealand as their biggest one as far as advancing to the knockout round goes.

What are you drinking?: While I may wish I were having a margarita by the time the second game kicks off, I will probably just be sipping on water.

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