Any doubts about how tough an assignment the Scots had taken on in accepting an invitation to compete in the four-nation Brasilia Tournament were dispelled by the opening two matches in the capital's Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha.
After their game against the Canadians, the Scots stayed on to watch Brazil's encounter with Chile, which the hosts won 2-0. "Both sides were very physically strong and technically very good, and so were Canada," Signeul said. "But this is why we came: to test ourselves against top teams from other continents.
"Despite the result we can take a lot of positives from the Canada game. They have been together since November 1 preparing for this tournament. We had two training sessions and it's the close season for most of the players. Considering we also had a new and inexperienced back four I think we did quite well. Canada didn't create many chances."
Signeul's side were always chasing the game against Canada after Adriana Leon netted in the seventh minute. Gemma Fay, the Scotland goalkeeper, saved Christine Sinclair's penalty just before half-time, but the Canada striker, who was winning her 200th cap, scored her 147th international goal after the interval.
"They put out their strongest team, and it was packed with players who have World Cup and Olympic Games experience, including bronze medals from London where they nearly beat the United States in the semi-final," Signeul said.
Rachel Corsie flew out to join her Scotland team-mates on Thursday and is available for tomorrow's game.