Soccer: Canada ties England prior to World Cup kickoff

Bocarina, Australia –

Canada drew 0-0 against England on Friday in the final match of the Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand before kick-off on 20 July, behind closed doors.

Matches at Queensland Sports Stadium were considered practice matches, not official matches, and no caps were awarded. There were two 45-minute first and second halves, and it was characterized by an unlimited substitution frame (up to 3 substitution frames).

Canadian Football and the English Football Association provided scores and players who watched the match, but did not provide other match details.

Seventeen of Canada’s 23 World Cup roster participated, including forwards Nichelle Prince and Dian Rose, who overcame Achilles tendon injuries to make the World Cup squad.

Canada’s No. 1 goalkeeper Kylen Sheridan played the full 90 minutes.

Missing were goalkeepers Sabrina D’Angelo and Lisianne Purchs, defenders Gaby Karl and Sherina Zadorski, midfielder Sophie Schmidt and forward Evelyn Vian.

Friday’s game was played on the Sunshine Coast, two hours north of Surfers Paradise, where the Canadians are training pre-competition.

Canada, ranked 7th in the world, will open the World Cup against 40th-ranked Nigeria in Group B on 20 July in Melbourne. In Group D, No. 4 England will face No. 53 Haiti on 22 July in Brisbane.

Canada and England could face each other in the Round of 16 of the tournament if Group B’s top team faces Group D’s second-placed team, and Group B’s second-placed team faces Group D’s winner in the knockout rounds. .

The 32-nation competition will run through 20 August in nine host cities in Australia and New Zealand.

This report by the Canadian Press Agency was first published on July 14, 2023.

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