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Filigno goal leads Canada past Italy

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Jonelle Filigno
The Canadian women’s team got its second consecutive 1-0 win at the Cyprus Cup.

This time, the victim was Italy. Reigning Canadian women’s U-20 player of the year Jonelle Filigno got the goal that puts Canada on top of its group, three points up on England and Scotland, and six up on the Italians.

Filigno took a pass from Christine Sinclair and beat Italian keeper Anna Maria Picarelli in the 33rd minute.

A win or draw against England on March 7 sends the Canadians to the championship final of the tournament.

“We have a winning mentality,” coach Carolina Morace was quoted on the Canadian Soccer Association’s Twitter feed after the game. “We want to win and we come onto the field with more confidence.”

The Netherlands leads the other group and is the favourite to meet the Canadians in the final. The Cyprus Cup does not feature some of the established favourites for the 2011 World Cup, like the host Germans, Marta and the Brazilians or the Americans. (Yes, the Americans are still favourites despite their erratic form in qualifying.)

The Italians played with more ambition than Canada saw in its opening match with Scotland. The Italians used three strikers, while the Scots, understanding that Canada was the more powerful side, laid back.

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