Cana­dian women let one slip away

Ger­many wins friendly in Hamil­ton, tak­ing ad­van­tage of Cana­dian defensive lapses

StarMetro Halifax - - DAILY LIFE - Steve Mil­ton THE SPEC­TA­TOR More on the match and the state of Cana­dian soccer at thes­tar.com/soccer

HAMIL­TON—THE scoreboard read as it so of­ten has — a one-goal win for Ger­many — but there was an­other kind of vic­tory here.

The tri­umph of en­ter­tain­ment.

You’d pay money to watch this kind of sport­ing spec­ta­cle and 22,826 did, cram­ming into Tim Hor­tons Field on a sunny, windy Sun­day to see the Cana­dian women’s soccer team’s first game in their home coun­try in six months.

It was well­paced, skilled soccer be­tween the 2016 Olympic cham­pi­ons, ranked third in the world, and the Cana­di­ans, who are right be­hind them at No. 4. The light­ning strikes of the young Ger­man team pre­vailed 3-2 over the ball con­trol of the more ex­pe­ri­enced, but still evolv­ing, Cana­dian side.

It was the 15th time the Ger­mans have beaten the Cana­di­ans in 16 meet­ings and in six of the last seven games, the mar­gin has been a sin­gle goal.

BARRY GRAY/THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

Canada’s Jessie Flem­ing, cen­tre, cel­e­brates a go-ahead goal with team­mates Chris­tine Sin­clair, left, and So­phie Sch­midt. The Cana­di­ans didn’t lead Ger­many for long.

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