Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Under-23 Side Scores Second Straight Win at Qatar Tournament

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Under-23 Side Scores Second Straight Win at Qatar Tournament

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Canadian under-23 side downs Qatar 2-0

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DOHA, Qatar - Goals by Jordan Hamilton and Michael Petrasso gave Canada a 2-0 win over host Qatar on Tuesday at the Aspire U-23 soccer tournament.

Canada, with senior coach Octavio Zambrano in charge, finished 2-0-0 at the three-team international competition. The young Canadians opened Saturday with a 1-0 victory over Uzbekistan on a goal by Caniggia Elva.

Zambrano said the two matches had given him a good sense of the young talent.

"It is encouraging that there is a handful of them that get to a higher level and high enough to be with the first team," he said in a statement.

Elva played provider Tuesday in the first half, sliding a pass over to Hamilton. The 21-year-old Toronto FC forward stroked the ball home with his left foot.

Petrasso added to the lead with a sweet goal in the 65th minute, controlling a long free kick from New York City FC rookie midfielder Kwame Awuah with his right foot and then using his left to chip the goalkeeper. …

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