Canada downs Puerto Rico to safe final CONCACAF berth at FIFA U-17 Girls’s World Cup

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Canada downs Puerto Rico to safe final CONCACAF berth at FIFA U-17 Girls’s World Cup
Canada downs Puerto Rico to safe final CONCACAF berth at FIFA U-17 Girls’s World Cup



SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – Anna Hauer and Amanda Allen scored two minutes aside early within the second half Sunday as Canada certified for the FIFA U-17 Girls’s World Cup with a 3-0 victory over Puerto Rico within the third-place recreation on the CONCACAF Girls’s Underneath-17 Championship.Rosa Maalouf padded the lead with a late objective on a scorching afternoon at Estadio Olimpico Felix Sanchez.“I believe all of us are simply fully overjoyed,” stated Canada’s Clare Logan. “We labored so arduous to get right here. We put so many hours in on the sphere, off the sphere, collectively as a gaggle and we’re simply so pleased to have the ability to safe that spot within the World Cup.”The Puerto Ricans, competing within the CONCACAF match for simply the third time, proved to be cussed opponents — a minimum of for the primary half. However the Canadians wasted little time taking management after the break.Hauer, a second-half substitute, broke the impasse within the 51st minute after Logan discovered her alone in entrance of objective. Hauer whiffed on her first shot try however was on course with the second, with Puerto Rico goalkeeper Ariana Anderson out of place after reacting to the primary try.Allen added to the lead two minutes later by curling in a terrific shot from the sting of the penalty field because the Canadians secured the final berth for North and Central America and the Caribbean on the U-17 World Cup in October in India.Maalouf made it 3-0 within the 86th minute, knocking in a feed from fellow substitute Jaime Perrault. It was the twelfth objective of the match for Maalouf, a 15-year-old from Ottawa who began the day because the competitors’s main scorer.The defending champion U.S. met Mexico later within the day for the CONCACAF title. Each groups secured their berths on the World Cup with their semifinal wins.Canada additionally completed third on the CONCACAF Girls’s Underneath-20 Championship earlier this yr within the Dominican Republic, qualifying for the FIFA U-20 Girls’s World Cup in August in Costa Rica.The Canadian ladies have now certified for all seven editions of the FIFA U-17 Girls’s World Cup, highlighted by a fourth-place end in 2018 after they downed Germany 1-0 within the quarterfinals earlier than falling 1-0 to Mexico within the semifinal. Canada then misplaced 2-1 to New Zealand within the third-place recreation.Ahead Jordyn Huitema, now with Paris Saint-Germain, captained that 2018 Canadian staff with Rhian Wilkinson, now in command of the NWSL Portland Thorns, as coach.Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Japan, New Zealand and host India have additionally certified for the FIFA U-17 World Cup in India.The Canadians outshot Puerto Rico 10-4 (5-2 in photographs on course), had a 12-3 edge in corners and had 61 per cent possession.Canada got here shut within the eleventh minute off a nook on a robust header by Ella Ottey that produced a nice reflex save from Anderson.Canadian captain Zoe Markesini threatened off one other nook within the thirty third minute, shifting the ball from one foot to a different to make room for a shot. However Anderson was as much as the duty once more.Canada’s Renee Watson hit the put up within the forty third minute with a long-range left-footed shot that Anderson might have gotten her fingertips to. Two minutes later Nyah Rose despatched an inviting low cross throughout the Puerto Rican objective however Allen, battling a defender, couldn’t get her foot to it to faucet it in. Hauer and Maalouf got here on for the second half. Maalouf got here shut within the eightieth however Anderson bought a foot to her shot.The Canadians ended up within the third-place recreation after shedding 3-0 to the U.S. in Friday’s semifinal. Puerto Rico misplaced 5-0 to Mexico within the different semifinal.Canada went 4-0-1 in reaching the semifinal with wins over the Dominican Republic (10-0) and Bermuda (5-0) earlier than tying Jamaica 1-1 to complete atop Group F on objective distinction over the Reggae Girlz. The Canadians then beat Honduras 4-1 and Costa Rica 3-0 within the knockout rounds.Puerto Rico completed third in Group G with a 1-0-2 document, shedding 13-0 to the U.S. and 4-1 to Costa Rica earlier than blanking Grenada 4-0. It then beat Panama 2-0 within the spherical of 16 and El Salvador 2-0 within the quarterfinal earlier than operating into Mexico.The 2020 CONCACAF match was cancelled as a result of pandemic. The U.S. dispatched Mexico 3-2 within the 2018 closing.Canada gained the occasion in 2010, was runner-up in 2012 and 2013 and completed third in 2016 and 2018.—This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Might 8, 2022.SHARE:JOIN THE CONVERSATION Anybody can learn Conversations, however to contribute, you ought to be registered Torstar account holder. If you don’t but have a Torstar account, you’ll be able to create one now (it’s free)Signal InRegisterConversations are opinions of our readers and are topic to the Code of Conduct. 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