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Sweden 1 0 Canada

Canadians eliminated as steadfast  Swedes hold on for 1-0 victory

Canada’s World Cup campaign ended in the round-of-16 Monday with a disappointing 1-0 loss to Sweden that saw the Canadians miss a chance to tie the game from the penalty spot. Fifth-ranked Canada, which came to the tournament with hopes of going far deeper, could not break down the ninth-ranked Swedes as its offence lacked clinical finishing again.

Sweden 1 0 Canada

The Canadians fell 1-0 to Sweden in the Round of 16 of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup on Monday, after a hotly contested match that was decided by a single moment of indecisiveness from the otherwise defensively-sound Canada side. Sweden's Stina Blackstenius scored the second-half winner on a counterattack that proved fatal to the Canadians, even with a penalty kick opportunity that gave the North Americans the opportunity to equalize. Canada enjoyed the lion's share of possession in the game, ending with a 59 percent advantage and registering nearly 150 more passes than the Swedes. However, a lack of ingenuity in the final third allowed Sweden to comfortably defend and counter, ultimately proving to be the successful strategy as Canada couldn't find a way past goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl.

Sweden 1 0 Canada

The result means Canada's time in France is over, while the Swedes advance to the quarterfinals to face Germany. The tournament lasted just four games for the Canadian women, with two losses to lower-ranked sides. The game started as advertised with two disciplined teams cancelling each other out before 38,078 at Parc des Princes.

Sweden 1 0 Canada

But Stina Blackstenius broke the deadlock in the 55th minute on a Swedish counterattack from a Janine Beckie giveaway. Kosovare Asllanni drove up the field and sent in a cross that defender Shelina Zadorsky couldn’t get to. Goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe came out but the Swede got a foot to the ball first for the all-important goal.

Sweden 1 0 Canada

After the Swedish goal, Adriana Leon replaced Nichelle Prince in a bid for more offence. A Sophie Schmidt header went wide but the play went to video review for a Swedish handball from an earlier Desiree Scott shot and Australian referee Kate Jacewicz correctly pointed to the penalty spot.

Sweden 1 0 Canada

Beckie stepped up, only to have Hedvig Lindahl make a marvellous diving save. While Beckie’s shot was well-aimed, many wondered why captain Christine Sinclair did not take the spot kick.

Sweden 1 0 Canada

The Swedes offered more offence after their goal and thought they had a penalty in the 81st minute after Ashley Lawrence took down Blackstenius. But the penalty call was reversed on video review thanks to an offside call.

Sweden 1 0 Canada

Scott cleared a Swedish shot off the line in the dying minutes. Eight-plus minutes of stoppage time went without a goal, giving Sweden the win.

Sweden 1 0 Canada

Sinclair was on her knees with her face down after the final whistle. After the game, Beckie said Sinclair asked her if she wanted to take the penalty. It was a matchup of the Rio Olympic silver (Sweden) and bronze medallists (Canada) with the gold medallist Germans awaiting the winner on Saturday in Rennes. Second-ranked Germany blanked No. 38 Nigeria 3-0 in Saturday in the first game of the knockout phase.

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