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Women WC: Canada secure crucial 2-1 victory against Ireland



Adriana Leon celebrates scoring Canada’s second goal against the Republic of Ireland.—AFP

In an exhilarating match played on a rain-soaked evening in Perth, Canada demonstrated their resilience and determination by coming from behind to secure a vital 2-1 victory against the Republic of Ireland at the Women’s World Cup. The contest at Perth Rectangular Stadium in Australia provided plenty of drama and excitement, showcasing the true spirit of the competition.

The game began with a moment of brilliance from Ireland’s Katie McCabe, who scored an incredible ‘Olimpico’ goal straight from a corner kick. Her perfectly placed corner flew over the goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan, leaving Canada stunned. However, the North American team did not succumb to the pressure and fought back with determination.

As the first half drew to a close, Ireland seemed to have the advantage, but their hopes were dashed when Megan Connolly’s attempted clearance inadvertently found its way into her own net, levelling the score for Canada.

The second half proved to be equally thrilling, with both teams pushing hard for a decisive lead. Adriana Leon ultimately sealed the victory for Canada, calmly slotting the ball into the net from the edge of the area, completing a remarkable turnaround for the Olympic champions.

With one Group B game remaining for both Canada and the Republic of Ireland, the North Americans currently lead the standings with four points, while Ireland is yet to register a point. The other teams in Group B, Australia and Nigeria, are set to face off in a crucial match on Thursday to determine their fate in the tournament.

Meanwhile, Spain and Japan secured their spots in the knockout stage of the Women’s World Cup with commanding victories. Japan comfortably defeated Costa Rica 2-0, securing their qualification, while Spain’s dominant 5-0 win against Zambia confirmed both teams’ advancement to the last 16.

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