Team Canada qualified for the Round of 16 at the FIFA Women’s World Cup after beating New Zealand 2-0 this evening. After shutting the New Zealanders out at Stade des Alpes in France, the Canadian squad secured the eight place spot in the tournament.
The first half of the game proved to be a defensive showdown on both ends of the field, as the first point of the game did not come until the 48th minute.
Although, in spite of the scoreless first half, Canada played a dominant game against New Zealand. During the first 45 mins of play, Canada had possession of the ball 73 per cent of the time, completed 85 per cent of their passes and made 11 shots (to New Zealand’s one).
After the break, Jessie Fleming wasted no more time to get the Canadians on the board. At the 48th minute, Fleming was able to slot in her goal past New Zealand netminder Erin Naylor off a solid pass from Nichelle Prince. Following the game, Fleming was named player of the match.
Next up, it was Prince’s turn to score who secured Canada’s victory with their second goal of the match at the 79th minute. Prince’s goal came off a missed goal from Canadian captain Christine Sinclair. When Sinclair’s header hit the post, 24-year-old Prince made sure to capitalize. This was Prince’s first goal of the Women’s World Cup and 11th for Team Canada.
This win marks the first time in history that the Canadian women opened the World Cup with two straight wins. This victory is also Canada’s 10th win of the year (7-0-3) – its second longest streak without defeat.
Canada will hope to carry their momentum with them when they travel to Reims, France where they are set to take on the eight-ranked Netherlands on Thursday.
Match #1: June 10 – Canada 1 vs. Cameroon 0
Canada’s Kadeisha Buchanan scored Canada’s lone goal against Cameroon on Monday at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Montpellier, France.
For the first half of the game, Canada had a 69 per cent possession rate.
By the 42nd minute it was still scoreless, looking like the game was heading into halftime tied 0-0.
Then at the 45′ mark of the match, Buchanan scored her first-ever World Cup goal. It was also her first goal in three years for Canada.
In the second half of the game, Cameroon tried to tie it up, but were unsuccessful in their efforts. Canada had several chances to extend its lead.
Near the 88th minute, team captain Christine Sinclair had a chance to increase Canada’s lead, but her attempt was blocked by a Cameroon defender.
With the victory, Canada earns three points. Next up they will head to Grenoble to face New Zealand at 3pm ET on June 15.