England Women Beat Canada 2-1

For those of us that stayed up until 3am to watch the England women’s football team take on the Canadians in a battle to progress to the semi finals of the women’s world cup 2015 it was a thoroughly exciting game of football to watch.

A superb start for England

England started the game with a very high tempo and were clearly looking to go out all guns blazing and get an early goal. Lauren Sesselmann (Canadian Defender) stumbling on the ball a short distance away from the Canada keepers 18 yard box allowed England’s forward, Taylor, to run almost freely and fire off a rocket into the bottom left corner, putting England in front. England were 1 nil up against Canada, in Canada, in front of a stadium that contained around 50,000 very vocal home supporting fans.

The Canadian defense was shaken after conceding a goal that for them came out of nothing, but they composed themselves and readied up for the remaining 34 minutes of first half football.

3 minutes later, though, England managed to find the back of the net again, this time from a header. Lucy Bronze headed an incoming free kick onto the underside of the cross bar, just outside of the keepers grasp, crossing the goal line and putting England women 2-0 up on Canadian home soil. England were in dream land.

The second goal saw the Canadian women’s team huddle around in which they most probably told each other to get it together. Not too long after the kick off from the second goal England struck the corner of the woodwork putting Canada under yet more pressure to take the game to England.

If you were lucky enough to back England Women to beat the host nation, Canada, you’ll have gotten odds very close to 3-1 prior to the match kicking off, Canada were the bookies favourites. If you managed to utilise any sports betting free bet offers when staking you will be very happy with yourself right about now.

Unfortunately for England the 3rd first half goal that they sought never materialised and England were dealt a tough blow when England’s number 1 goal keeper, Bardsley, made scrappy work of an incoming ball from the left hand side which allowed Canada’s world cup poster girl, Christine Sinclair, room to maneuver the ball into the back of England’s net. England conceding just a few minutes before the end of the first half gave Canada that much needed boost of motivation which greatly improved their chance of getting back on level terms.

England, going into the second half, needed to ensure that they did not gift Canada another strike at goal if they wanted to get the job done within 90 minutes, which, thankfully, they managed to do.

Canada prodded the England defense a number of times during the second half but just did not have the quality or composure that they needed to secure a second goal. England were showing tired legs towards the middle of the second half having defended extremely well but found the gumption that they needed to hold onto their lead and claim victory within the 90 minutes.

England Women now face Japan who managed to put a goal past Australia women in the dying embers of normal time sending Australia women crashing out of the tournament. Japan are previous winners of the World Cup. In the year that Japan won the competition England women beat them in the group stages, so there is hope. England will certainly need to work on their possession stats having had only 37% possession against the Canadians and Karen Bardsley or Chamberlain will need to be alert and on top form.

The USA face Germany in the other semi final play off. If England manage to send Japan out of the Women’s World Cup they will face either Germany or the USA which for any England fan would be an emotional, competitively charged game.

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