Saturday, September 15, 2007

Women's World Cup: Day 5

Now that's more like it: Canada recovered from the disappointment of their opening game against Norway with a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Ghana. Canada took the lead through a header from Christine Sinclair -- now Canada's top scorer at the World Cup -- in the 16th minute, and added three more goals in the second half.

In the other Group C game, a late goal from substitute Lisa De Vanna earned Australia a draw with Norway, after the Norwegians had taken an early lead with Ragnhild Gulbrandsen's second goal of the tournament, coming in the fifth minute. The draw leaves Australia still top of the group on goal difference, but tied with Norway on four points, with Canada close behind on three points. Everything comes down to the final games, with Canada and Australia facing off while Norway take on the eliminated Ghana.

Brazil continued to dominate in Group D, thumping China 4-0 with a brace each from Marta and Cristiane, including three goals in the space of six minutes on either side of half-time. Meanwhile, Denmark dominated their game against New Zealand, but it took two free kicks in the second half to earn them the win, one curled into the top corner by Katrine Pedersen and the second headed home by Cathrine Paaske Sorensen.

The Kiwis, who failed to put a single shot on target during this game, have been virtually eliminated now, but the question of which two teams will go through is still unresolved. Brazil's place in the quarter-finals is almost set, thanks to their two wins and outstanding goal differential, but they have to play Denmark, in their third game. China are level with Denmark on points and will be hoping for Brazil to help them out by beating the Danes, while they take on New Zealand in a game they should expect to win.

Group C
Canada 4-0 Ghana
Australia 1-1 Norway

Group D
Brazil 4-0 China
Denmark 2-0 New Zealand

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