Canadians extend winning streak with impressive win in Brazil


Canada extended their winning streak to five games with an impressive 2-1 win over hosts Brazil at Vila Belmiro Stadium, Santos, Brazil.

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Canada’s National Women’s Soccer Team continues to build momentum ahead of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

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Canada extended its winning streak to five games with an impressive 2-1 win over hosts Brazil at Vila Belmiro Stadium in Santos, Brazil on Friday.

Shelina Zadorsky and Adriana Leon scored for Canada in the win, while Debinha replied for Brazil. Both teams will play in Sao Paulo again on Tuesday.

“I thought it was a really good game of football for everyone watching,” said Canada head coach Bev Priestman. “I think we have to learn from some of the mistakes today, but we also have to put to bed the very good chances we had.”

Canada and Brazil will participate in the Women’s World Cup this summer. Canada have been drawn into a group with co-hosts Australia, Nigeria and the Republic of Ireland, while Brazil are grouped with France, Jamaica and a qualifier yet to be determined.

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Zadorsky opened the scoring against Brazil in the 22nd minute. The 30-year-old defender from London, Ont., found herself on the end of an Ashley Lawrence cross and scored on a looping header over the head of goalkeeper Lorena. The goal was the fifth international for the Tottenham Spurs defender.

“I’m really happy, I think you can see she’s confident,” Priestman said. “She plays a lot of minutes at Tottenham and it shows and feels on the pitch.”

Leon put Canada ahead 2-0 with an exceptional volley from the top of the penalty area in the 29th minute. Jessie Fleming swung a corner from the right, which was grazed by Canadian skip Christine Sinclair.

The ball fell past Leon, who hammered a left-footed shot past Lorena for his 28th international goal and his fifth in the last seven games.

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“Dre (Leon) only scores amazing goals,” Priestman said. “She has that and that’s why she’s in the team, and that’s why she scores; because she has that technical ability under pressure to just pull the trigger and do it well.

“This confidence will help us next year. When you have people scoring consistently, it really adds to the confidence of the team.

Brazil pulled one goal back before the end of the half, scoring on a counterattack. Kerolin tossed the ball over the Canadian defense, where Debinha ran over it and pushed it into former goalkeeper Kailen Sherdian.

Brazil were the most dangerous at the break, pushing the ball quickly into midfield.

“They look electric in transition,” Priestman said. “We knew it, we prepared for it. But I think what I expect is another really good game in Game 2.”

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In the second half, Brazil controlled the game, but failed to tie the game. Canada improved its all-time record against Brazil to 9-9-9. Canada also beat Brazil at the Tokyo Olympics en route to the gold medal.

“Remember Canada is the gold medalist at the Olympics and getting better and better,” said Brazil coach Pia Sundhage, who guided the United States to victory at the previous Women’s World Cup in France 2019. “I’m not happy with the result, but there were spells in the game where we did quite well.


With a squad made up mostly of MLS players, Canada drew hosts Bahrain 2-2 on Friday at Al-Khalifa Stadium in Isa Town on Friday.

The game was designed to give the team’s MLS players a chance to stretch their legs, as some had been out for over a month.

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Ismael Kone scored for Canada, who also capitalized on a late own goal to tie the game. Mahdi Humaidan and Abdulla Yusuf scored for Bahrain in what at times felt more like a training session.

Kone opened the scoring in the sixth minute on a brilliant individual run. Kone pushed the ball past Bahrain’s back line, then ran over it and passed it past goalkeeper Ibraheem Latf Allah.

The 20-year-old CF Montreal midfielder makes a strong case for inclusion in Canada’s 26-man squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Canada will name their roster on Monday. They open the tournament on November 23 against Belgium.

Humaidan tied the game in the 14th minute, taking advantage of a gift from the Canadian back line and hammering a shot past goaltender Dayne St. Clair, who was elevated to second behind Milan Borjan, after Maxime Crepeau broke his leg in the MLS final for LAFC.

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Canada lost 2-1 when Alistair Johnston was whistled for a foul in the penalty area and Yusuf scored from the spot in the 65th minute. Canada tied the game 2-2 in the 81st minute when a Zachary Brault-Guillard cross was deflected into the net by a Bahrain defender.

“The commitment has been brilliant,” said Canada’s head coach John Herdman. “The players really pushed hard behind the scenes on and off the pitch to make sure they could come in tonight in a condition where I think they could compete and they competed. I’m just happy that they crushed it to get a result.

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