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Schmidt’s super show propels Canada to win — but it also serves as pre-World Cup warning

Sophie Schmidt (13) accepts congratulations from her teammates. PHOTO: PAUL GIAMOU/CANADA SOCCER

Sophie Schmidt (13) accepts congratulations from her teammates. PHOTO: PAUL GIAMOU/CANADA SOCCER

The Sophie Schmidt show was good enough to beat England. She scored a fantastic goal from just outside the penalty area, had a free kick fly just inches over the bar, and had a good attempt off a short-corner set piece.

Schmidt’s goal was enough for a 1-0 Canadian win over England in front of a sold out Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton.

There was a festive atmosphere and it was a feel-good win in Canada’s final tune-up ahead of next weekend’s World Cup opener.

But, the joy of a win in front of a big crowd can’t obscure one uncomfortable truth; that, outside of Schmidt, Canada created very little going forward. Christine Sinclair was crowded out by a packed English midfield. Adriana Leon spent much of the game as a peripheral figure. And Melissa Tancredi was a physical presence, but her runs into the penalty area weren’t in sync with the service that was provided to her.
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