Josee Belanger broke a scoreless tie early in the second half to help send Canada to the quarterfinals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup with a 1-0 win over Switzerland from BC Place.
The win was Canada’s first ever over a European side at a soccer showcase, ending a run of 0-9-1.
The eighth-ranked Canadians will meet either the sixth-ranked England side or the 11th-ranked Norwegians in next Saturday’s quarterfinal, set to be held again at BC Place.
Those two teams meet tomorrow from Ottawa.
For Canada, it was only the second time in six appearances at the Women’s World Cup that they’ve advanced to the knockout stage, with a best fourth-place finish in 2003.
As expected, Canadian fans showed up in droves at BC Place, with a total of 53,855 at the game, a record for a Canadian national team home game.
That mark surpassed the tournament opener on June 6 from Edmonton, when 53,058 took part in Canada’s 1-0 win over China.
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