There was a time when playing in high winds would create trouble for the Canadian national women’s team. The conditions would make it difficult to play route-one soccer.
But, on a windy Monday in Portugal, Canada got a 1-0 win over Iceland — and thanks to results elsewhere, it was good enough to claim top spot in the group and and a date in the tournament final against Brazil.
Janine Beckie got the goal for Canada, after some good build-up play from teammates Christine Sinclair and Sophie Schmidt.
“It was totally Sinc and Sophie,” said Beckie. “I was just lucky to get on the end of it. It was a great combination on top of the box, those two just doing what they do, and making it loo easy. And then, Sinc playing the perfect ball for me, it was an easy finish because of the set-up.”
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