Great game that absolutely lived up to the hype and expectations. The final result was only decided in the finals minutes and for the rest of the game it was a back-and-forth battle. Afghanistan went up 1-0 early when Josip turned his defender in the box and played a good ball across the net that was easily blasted in. With five minutes left in the half Mike Sweeney used his head to redirect a ball into the box past a helpless Afghanistan keeper. One minute later Josip scored a beauty free kick from 30 yards out that went bottom corner. Canada tied it up right before half on a penalty kick that was awarded after a handball in the box. 2-2 at half.
Second half was a midfield battle between Jarvis and Tavis on Canada and Chico and Ryan on Afghanistan. Awesome to watch. Afghanistan hung back a bit because it was trying to hold on for the tie, but both teams had their chances. With 10 minutes left in the half Canada scored a nice header goal at the back post to take a short-lived lead. Afghanistan immediately ramped up the pressure and got a goal two minutes later when the Afghan left back cracked a shot that ripped into the top shelf. With two minutes remaining Jarvis took matters into his own hands and shot a howitzer from 30 yards out that the Afghanistan keeper had no chance of saving. There were a flurry of chances for both teams in the final minutes but Canada held on for the playoff berth. Afghanistan is out.