Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Loses 2-1 to Norway at Under-20 Women's World Cup

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Loses 2-1 to Norway at Under-20 Women's World Cup

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Canada loses to Norway at U-20 World Cup


KOBE, Japan - Canada is facing a crucial game against a tough North Korean side next week at the women's under-20 World Cup after a 2-1 loss to Norway on Thursday.

Ada Hegerberg scored just after the break and her sister Andrine scored the winner 11 minutes from time.

Both teams are tied with three points after two games in the group stage. North Korea leads Group C with six points following a 9-0 drubbing of Argentina.

"It was a disappointing result," said Canadian coach Andrew Olivieri. "There were a lot of promising performances, but winning is part of the player development at this level."

Canada will close out the group stage Monday against North Korea. The top two teams in each group advance to the quarter-finals. If two or more teams finish tied on points, goal differential will determine who goes through.

Jenna Richardson scored for Canada in the 44th minute.

Canada created numerous chances in the first half, but couldn't quite hit the target as balls either went wide or into the arms of Norwegian goalkeeper Nora Gjoen.

Nearly midway through the first half, Norway thought it had its chance after referee Qin Liang called a penalty on Canada. Ada Hegerberg took the kick, but her shot to the left was stopped by Canadian goalkeeper Sabrina D'Angelo.

"I think we certainly had the better of the play and chances in the first half," said Olivieri. "Other than the penalty chance (for Norway), we could have gone up by three goals after 45 minutes -- so the first half was positive in that sense."

In the second half, the game opened up and Norway got the equalizer in the 52nd minute. Andrine Hegerberg blasted a shot past D'Angelo 15 minutes later for the lead.

"In the second half, we knew we couldn't sit back, we had to keep going forward," said Olivieri. "The game opened up and started going back and forth, perhaps a little more than we would have liked. …

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