Quick Bit: The Canada women’s national team will continue its quest to lock up a spot in the 2023 FIFA World Cup and 2024 Olympics when it faces Panama in the second group match of the CONCACAF W Championship.

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The formula is simple for the Canada women’s national team: beat Panama on Friday and it clinches a berth in the 2023 FIFA World Cup.

That’s one of two major prizes on offer at the CONCACAF W Championship. The other is a spot in the 2024 Olympic Games, but that’s exclusively reserved for the tournament winner on July 18. The Canadian women hope to be playing in that final and the rival USA projects to be the likely opponent.

Canada looked sharp in a resounding opening-match victory over Trinidad and Tobago, with the 6-0 scoreline sending it top of Group B. The reigning Olympic champion will want to continue racking up the points and goals to finish first and avoid a potential semifinal match against the USA.

Friday’s game is a mismatch against No. 57-ranked Panama, which will be focused on conceding fewer goals to Canada than Trinidad and Tobago in order to lock up third place in the group finale against the Trinidadians and thus secure a spot in the FIFA intercontinental World Cup playoffs.

Sporting News is following the match live and providing live score updates, commentary.

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75 mins from kickoff: The scenario is clear for the Canada women’s national team tonight:

Canada vs Panama lineups

Manager Bev Priestman makes five changes to the starting lineup to keep the team fresh for the group finale against its strongest competition in Group B, Costa Rica. Julia Grosso, one of the difference-makers off the bench against Trinidad and Tobago, gets the start in midfield over Quinn. Janine Beckie will feature at right back, while Sabrina D’Angelo gets the start in goal.

Canada starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 18-Sabrina D’Angelo (GK) — 10-Ashley Lawrence, 4-Shelina Zadorsky, 3-Kadeisha Buchanan, 16-Janine Beckie — 7-Julia Grosso, 11-Desiree Scott, 17-Jessie Fleming — 19-Adriana Leon, 12-Christine Sinclair, 15-Nichelle Prince

Canada subs (12): 21-Kailen Sheridan (GK), 2-Lysianne Proulx (GK), 14-Vanessa Gilles, 23-Bianca St. Georges, 8-Jayde Riviere, 2-Allysha Chapman, 21-Zoe Burns, 13-Sophie Schmidt, 5-Quinn, 20-Cloe Lacasse, 6-Deanne Rose, 9-Jordyn Huitema

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Panama was overwhelmed against Costa Rica in their Group B opener, beaten on possession, shots, shots on target and corners. Most notably, Panama resorted to hacking its opponent, committing 20 fouls to Costa Rica’s 11.

It’s likely that head coach Ignacio Quintana makes changes to the squad, but Marta Cox will likely retain her place up front as the team’s most promising attacker. Her strike partner, 21-year-old Lineth Cedeno, could be rotated for Shayari Camarena, who came off the bench late against Costa Rica.

Panama starting lineup (4-4-2, left to right): 12-Yenith Bailey (GK) — 3-Carina Baltrip, 16-Rebeca Espinosa, 14-Yerenis De Leon, 4-Katherine Castillo — 7-Kenia Rangel, 8-Laurie Batista, 15-Maria Guevara, 18-Erika Hernandez — 10-Marta Cox, 19-Lineth Cedeno

Panama subs (12): 1-Sasha Fabregas (GK), 22-Nadia Ducreux (GK), 2-Hilary Jaen, 13-Wendy Natis, 5-Yomira Pinzon, 6-Deysire Salazar, 20-Schiandra Gonzalez, 23-Rosario Vargas, 17-Gabriela Villagrand, 21-Whitney De Obaldia, 9-Karla Riley, 11-Shayari Camarena

MORE: Canada slams Trinidad and Tobago 6-0 in CONCACAF W Championship opener

Canada vs. Panama TV channel, live stream

In Canada
Fri, July 8
Fri, July 8
10 p.m. ET
10 p.m. ET

Telus (Ch. 980), CBC Sports
Live Stream
Paramount+, ViX
fuboTV, OneSoccer, CBC Gem

USA: The CONCACAF W Championship match will be streamed on Paramount+ (English) and ViX (Spanish).

CANADA: The Canada women’s soccer match will be televised live by CBC Sports and on OneSoccer, which is streamed on fuboTV. New fuboTV users can take advantage of a discount on quarterly and monthly plans.

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