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OCT 27
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France tops Canada 1-0
Canada will next face Germany in June
Orlando Pride defender Shelina Zadorsky in action for Canada at the 2018 Algarve Cup in March. (Photo credit: Canada Soccer/Flickr)
Orlando Pride defender Shelina Zadorsky in action for Canada at the 2018 Algarve Cup in March. (Photo credit: Canada Soccer/Flickr)

In a friendly meeting between the No. 4 and No. 5 ranked teams in the world, Canada fell 1-0 to France on Monday evening at Roazhon Park in Rennes, France.

The friendly served as a key tune-up for both teams. Canada will take part in the Concacaf Women’s Championship, the region’s qualifying tournament for the Women’s World Cup, in October. On Sunday, it was announced that Canada will be in Group B for the tournament, and play their group stage games at H-E-B Park in Edinburg, Texas. France, as 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup hosts, has automatically qualified for next summer’s tournament and is not taking part in UEFA’s qualifiers. 

 

On Monday in France, Canada fell behind early after Utah Royals FC midfielder Diana Matheson was called for a handball in the box. France’s Eugénie Le Sommer converted the penalty kick to put France up 1-0 in the 10th minute.

 

Canada had a few chances midway through the game, but could not find a way to even the score. In the 43rd minute, Orlando Pride defender Shelina Zadorsky‘s cross was caught by France goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi as Canada threatened on a corner kick.

 

In the 53rd minute, Sky Blue FC forward Janine Beckie’s free kick bounced around in the box for a short spell, but ultimately the French defense was able to clear it away.

 

 

In the 77th minute, France had a chance to double the score after Utah Royals FC midfielder Desiree Scott was called for a foul in the box. But former Portland Thorns FC midfielder Amandine Henry‘s penalty kick was saved by former Washington Spirit goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé.

Portland Thorns FC forward Christine Sinclair — who has 172 international goals — had a shot come close in the first half, but it went just wide. She sits just 12 behind Abby Wambach for the all-time record.

Seven NWSL players started in the match for Canada: Allysha Chapman, Zadorsky, Scott, Matheson, Sinclair, Nichelle Prince and Beckie.

 

 

Canada will next face Germany on June 10 in Hamilton, Ontario, before October’s Women’s World Cup qualifiers. The NWSL returns to action on April 14.

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