Canadian women let one slip away
Germany wins friendly in Hamilton, taking advantage of Canadian defensive lapses
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.
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.