Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Blanked by Spain at FIFA U-17 World Cup but Still Makes Quarterfinals

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Blanked by Spain at FIFA U-17 World Cup but Still Makes Quarterfinals

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Canada beaten by Spain at FIFA U-17 World Cup


MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay - Canada stumbled Wednesday at the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, thumped 5-0 by Spain in a battle for top spot in Group D.

The Canadian women (2-1-0) came into the game with a two-point advantage over Spain and knowing they had already qualified for the quarterfinals. Spain (2-0-1) started the day two points behind, in need of a win or tie to move into the knockout round.

The Spanish women met their target and then some with a dominant showing against a Canadian team that had not conceded a goal in its first two matches at the tournament.

Spain outshot Canada 21-8 (7-4 in shots on target), had nine corners to Canada's two and finished with 64 per cent possession.

Canada coach Rhian Wilkinson called it a frustrating result.

"We knew it was going to be hard, we knew it was going to be hot," said Wilkinson. "Yes, there's some lessons we're going to bring forward and there's some other stuff we're going to leave behind because we're already through to the quarterfinal and no matter what happens we're going to face a really good team in the quarterfinal, so we're ready for that."

Canada will face Germany on Sunday in the quarterfinals while Spain faces North Korea. The other quarterfinals pit Japan against New Zealand and Ghana against Mexico.

The Germans, runners-up to Spain in the European championship, beat the U.S. 4-0 later Wednesday to win Group C. North Korea downed Cameroon 2-1 to finish second.

Germany, North Korea, the U.S. and Cameroon all had three points going into the final round of Group C play.

Colombia tied South Korea 1-1 to finish third in Group D.

Twenty of Canada's 21-woman roster saw action in the group phase.

Irene Lopez had two goals and Salma Celeste Paralluelo, Claudia Pina and Eva Maria Navarro added singles for the European champions, who led 3-0 after 25 minutes in the midday heat at the Estadio Charrua. …

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