Host team sent packing by England’s early goals
Jodie Taylor and Lucy Bronze scored in the shocking first 14 minutes as England eliminated Canada from its home World Cup with a 2-1 victory in the quarterfinals Saturday in Vancouver.
The Lionesses overcame a frenzied Canadian crowd at BC Place and a second-half goalkeeper 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 tournament 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.
Although Sinclair got one back before halftime, Canada struggled to generate many good chances in the waning minutes of the scoreless second half. The drought slowly crushed the crowd of 54,027, most wearing red and supporting their plucky, defense-minded team.
JAPAN 1, AUSTRALIA 0: Japanese Coach Norio Sasaki couldn’t resist making a joke at Mana Iwabuchi’s expense when explaining his decision to substitute the forward during the second half against Australia.
Iwabuchi, Sasaki said with a laugh, went from “not yet” to right now.
Some 15 minutes after entering the game, Iwabuchi scored during a scramble in front of the goal in the 87th minute in the quarterfinals in Edmonton.
“Her first name is Mana. And in Japanese, ‘Not yet, not yet,’ would be ‘mada,’ so [the words]