Canada battled back from a one-goal deficit to defeat Sweden 2:1 in a Women’s International Friendly match in Phoenix, AZ. Christine Sinclair was the hero once again as she notched her 120th goal for Canada in added time. The goal was the final touch on an impressive performance by the Canadians.
Canada battled back from a one-goal deficit to defeat Sweden 2:1 in a Women’s International Friendly match in Phoenix, AZ (view full match report). Christine Sinclair was the hero once again as she notched her 120th goal for Canada in added time. The goal was the final touch on an impressive performance by the Canadians.
“Even going in at the half down a goal, I didn’t think the result was going to be in doubt,” said Canadian Head Coach John Herdman. “In the second half, we pushed our fullbacks and kept the tempo up. I think the Swedes were hoping for the final whistle.”
Jessica Landström put Sweden ahead with a thumping volley in the final minute of the first half, but Canada rebounded with a strong performance during the second period of play. Chelsea Buckland came off the bench to score her first international goal to level the game at 1-1 in the 75th minute.
The win continues Canada’s six-game unbeaten run under Herdman. It also marked Canada’s 14th win of the season, a new national record. Canada has 14 wins, four draws and six losses in 24 matches this 2011 season. The 22 November 2011 match concludes Canada’s 11-day training camp in Phoenix. Canada, whose title sponsor is Winners and presenting sponsor is Teck, will next reassemble for another camp in the Los Angeles, CA in early December.
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