Canada’s exit from the FIFA Women’s World Cup came in the form of a painful 2-1 quarterfinal loss to England from the confines of B.C. Place, as a pair of goals from the Lionesses in a three-minute spell in the first half was the ultimate undoing.
Only moments before Canada surrendered the opening goal, Melissa Tancredi had a bonafide chance go high and wide of the England net. Only minutes later, Jodie Taylor found the back of the net at the other end in the 11th minute, shortly before Lucy Bronze added another in the 14th minute.
Shortly before the end of the first half, captain and Burnaby native Christine Sinclair scored to cut the deficit in half.
Five minutes of stoppage time after 90 minutes of play made for a tense ending with 50,000 strong urging Canada for the equalizer.
As the final whistle blew, members of Canada were visibly disappointed with the loss, with teenage defender Kadeisha Buchanan needing to be consoled by her teammates.
England will now meet Japan in the semi-final.
Most fans Canadian to the end and were philosophical about the loss.
“We were cheering to the last minute. You always hope they’re going to pull it off, but it’s a heartbreaker.”
“They played a great game, they put everything into it – proud of them anyway. They come back better every year.”
“Obviously they made a couple of mistakes early in the game… and we paid for it.”
“I feel like there was a lot of sun in the stadium, you know my poor goalie couldn’t see. Like, this is ridiciulous.”
“That’s why they wanted to play on grass. What can you do, it’s slippery.”
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