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England beat hosts Canada 2-1

England have now made it to the semi finals of the world cup after beating the world cup hosts in a epic game! The final score was Canada 1 (Sinclair 41) England 2 (Taylor 11, Bronze 14).
How the match went?

At the very start Canada’s defense seemed all over the place this gave an early opportunity for England as Christine Sinclair made a brilliant run through an open defense passing it to Melissa Tancredi who only had to get it past Karen Bardsley but wasted the chance by kicking the ball over the bar.

However a more successful opportunity came just minutes later…

It had been Jodie Taylors first time in the starting line up in a long time because of injury but it was a good job she was given the chance this time to play as just 11 minutes into the game Allysha Chapman stumbled with the ball allowing for Jodie Taylor to swipe the ball off her and with great composure smashed the ball into the back of the net.

There was no time for Canada to lick their wounds however as minutes later England scored yet another goal. As Canada gave away a free kick to England, Fara Williams managed to kick the ball into the mixer (box) allowing for Lucy Bronze to header the ball over Erin McLeod just in under the bar of the net…

Despite Canada’s efforts the host side seemed to crumble after that.. it looked as though England were about to make it 3-0 with another chance coming from yet another free kick from Williams to Katie Chapman to head however the ball hit the bar this time!

Canada manged though to pull themselves together and get a goal. On the edge of the box Sinclair fed the ball to Ashley Lawrence who then crossed it in but was spilled by Bardsley this allowed Sinclair to simply plant the ball into an empty net.

Despite being in the lead in the second half, England still where on the attack and managed to get a few more good opportunities however luck wasn’t on their side… luck wasn’t on Canada side either too despite composing themselves and putting up a fight.

England will be facing the current holders of the world cup Japan in their next game in the semi finals.

Making the semi finals is a real triumph for the England team as the womens side has never made it this far before in a world cup!

Canada and China 1-0 Opening world cup game!

After a long drawn out match between Canada and China, Canada finally clinched the win in front of 50,000 fans who turned out to watch the game! 1-0 was the final score as Christine Sinclair scored through a last minute penalty kick.
With the game drawing to a close it seemed as though the first game of the World cup was going to be a draw that was until Canada’s Adriana Leon was fouled by Rong Zhao in the box. Everything then hung on Christine Sinclair to take the penalty. Christine didn’t succumb to the pressure! Christine said after the game that as soon as the referee made the call for a penalty to be given She absolutely knew that she was the one to take it!
“I’ve been practising my whole life for that moment,” she said in an interview.
China played a frustrating very defensive game. The Chinese strategy was simple.. let Canada have sole possession and let Canada do all the hard work and come to them.
Canada played contrastingly different at the start playing quite aggressively and on the attack however China’s tactics proved effective and Canada soon ran out of steam. Canada’s first big chance to score was just three minutes into the game with a free kick taken by Sophie Schmidt however Wang the Chinese goalkeeper managed to stop the ball going into the next despite Sophie having to kick at the ball.
Overall it was a good game and great opener to the world cup! We just hope that China don’t end up playing another team with the same kind of tactics.