6 great photos from Canada v. China
There was an emotional ending to the opening match of the FIFA 2015 Women’s World Cup with Canada winning 1-0 on a stoppage time penalty from Christine Sinclair.
Six images from the day:
China nearly crashed the Canadian party in the first half when Wang Lisi managed to beat Canada keeper Erin McLeod, but not the two uprights behind her, both of which were struck without the ball crossing the line.
With the match looking likely to end scoreless, Adriana Leon earned a penalty in stoppage time. Christine Sinclair neatly put the ball behind Wang Fei for the very late 1-0 Canadian lead that would prove the winner.
Catch me if you can
Putting away the penalty, Sinclair was off to the races, heading to the touchline to celebrate.
First stop on the Sinclair celebration run at the touchline was naturally, the coach credited with turning Canada Soccer’s women’s team around since taking over in 2011, John Herdman.
All together now
Chasing down Sinclair, Canadian players soon joined the celebration on the touchline as Canada became all but certain to finish the match 1-0 in stoppage time.
Canadian players, starters and substitutes alike, begin their lap of honour as one team after the final whistle gave Canada a winning start to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
All photos from The Canadian Press