Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Women Give Up Late Goal in 2-1 Soccer Friendly Loss to Germany

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Women Give Up Late Goal in 2-1 Soccer Friendly Loss to Germany

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Canada gives up late goal in loss to Germany

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ERFURT, Germany - Facing the best team in the world on two days rest proved to be too much for Canada. But John Herdman's side came within four minutes of holding Germany to a tie.

Linda Dallman's 86th-minute goal gave the Olympic champions a 2-1 win over Canada in a women's soccer friendly Sunday. The Canadians, who won bronze at last summer's Games in Brazil, were coming off a 1-0 victory over Rio runner-up Sweden on Thursday.

Germany's deciding goal came off a corner. Stephanie Labbe, who had replaced Kailen Sheridan at the start of the second half, cleared the ball with a punch but it went straight to Dallman, whose left-footed shot went through two players and beat the Canadian 'keeper.

Herdman, while disappointed, saw positives.

"I'm just really happy with the girls today. A big learning from this," he said. "It was really tough to (play two) Tier 1 teams in a couple of days so if it came out with even the draw, I would have been really really happy with that result.

"But to lose on a set play and a bit of a flukey goal, it makes it a little bit more difficult I think for all of us to take. But a resident performance against a fresh German team. I thought our girls, their spirit was excellent today. They battled right until the end. They just couldn't hold out."

Deanne Rose scored in the 39th minute for fifth-ranked Canada, which probably deserved a better fate on a warm sunny afternoon before an announced crowd of 10,023.

Disaster struck early for Canada when Sheridan whiffed on a left-footed clearance attempt from a backpass. The 21-year-old from Whitby, Ont., earning her third cap, bent over and covered her face in horror after the ball rolled through her into the goal.

Canada pulled even late in stylish fashion after a beautiful Janine Beckie cross from the right flank eluded three German defenders and found Rose who beat diving German goalkeeper Almuth Schult with her left-footed shot to the far corner. …

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