Two quick goals dash host coun­try’s hopes

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VAN­COU­VER, Canada — Jodie Tay­lor and Lucy Bronze scored in the shock­ing first 14 min­utes, and Eng­land elim­i­nated Canada from its home World Cup with a 2-1 vic­tory in the quar­ter­fi­nals Satur­day.

The Lionesses over­came a fren­zied Cana­dian crowd at BC Place and a sec­ond-half goalie change to se­cure their na­tion’s first trip to the semi­fi­nals.

Eng­land crushed the hopes of a host na­tion hop­ing to celebrate Canada’s first World Cup ti­tle on this same field next month.

In­stead, Eng­land will face de­fend­ing cham­pion Ja­pan in the semi­fi­nals in Ed­mon­ton on Wed­nes­day — which also hap­pens to be Canada Day.

Chris­tine Sin­clair scored in the 42nd minute for Canada, which had given up just one goal in the en­tire World Cup be­fore giv­ing up two more just three min­utes apart.

Af­ter Tay­lor scored the opener on a hor­ri­ble turnover by Lau­ren Ses­sel­mann, Bronze added an im­pres­sive long header to build a lead that Eng­land never re­lin­quished.

Canada strug­gled to gen­er­ate many good chances in the the score­less sec­ond half. The drought slowly crushed the crowd of 54,027, most wear­ing red and sup­port­ing their plucky team.

Andy Clark AFP/Getty Im­ages

ENG­LAND midfielder Jill Scott re­acts to her team’s vic­tory, as Canada de­fender Allysha Chap­man in back­ground re­acts to the loss.

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