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Canada 1 (Sinclair 81)
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Late Sinclair goal sinks England
 Women's Football England International News - 12 Apr 2019
 
England 0
Canada 1 (Sinclair 81)
at the Academy Stadium, Manchester

England slipped to a narrow defeat in the first of their Road to France Series, as Canada left Manchester with a 1-0 victory.
 
An 81st minute goal from Canadian legend Christine Sinclair proved the difference between the teams, in what was a close encounter in front of almost 6,000 fans at the Academy Stadium.
 
Phil Neville found plenty of positives to take from the game, particularly in the second half when they really forced some pressure on their guests. However, they couldn't find that crucial breakthrough against a side who will be competing with them at this summer's World Cup, only to be caught out in the late stages, when veteran striker Sinclair was first to react in the box to score her 180th international goal after a shot from Nichelle Prince crashed back off the bar.
 
Karen Bardsley was the busier of the two keepers in the early stages of the game but Nikita Parris, one of six Manchester City players starting the game on their home turf, came the closest to opening the scoring in the later stages of the first half. Receiving a pass from Jodie Taylor, she worked the space to fire in a shot at goal which was destined for the bottom corner until Canada keeper Stephanie Labbe got down to turn it around the post.
 
After the break, England came even closer to breaking the deadlock when Nikita Parris supplied a cross from the right, which Taylor did well to lay off to Toni Duggan. The Barcelona striker turned neatly, but nudged her low shot agonisingly wide of the post from 12 yards.
 
With both teams making changes in the second half, momentum was lost and it looked as though the game was heading for a draw until Sinclair's late intervention. Prince's powerfully struck volley from a Jessie Fleming cross was brilliantly touched onto the bar by Bardsley but Sinclair reacted faster than any England defender and tucked home the rebound.
 
England spent the last ten minutes on the front foot in search of an equaliser, with Demi Stokes' shot into the side netting being the closest Neville's side came. They did have loud shouts for a penalty turned down, when Ellen White appeared to be tugged back by Ashley Lawrence as she broke into the area, but Canada stood firm late on to secure the victory.
 
England: Karen Bardsley, Rachel Daly (sub Jill Scott 73mins), Demi Stokes, Keira Walsh, Steph Houghton, Abbie McManus, Nikita Parris, Lucy Bronze, Jodie Taylor (sub Ellen White 73mins), Toni Duggan (sub Georgia Stanway 84mins), Karen Carney (sub Beth Mead 64mins). Subs not used: Millie Bright, Alex Greenwood, Leah Williamson, Jade Moore, Lucy Staniforth, Chioma Ubogagu, Mary Earps, Ellie Roebuck, Carly Telford.
 
Canada: Stephanie Labbe, Ashley Lawrence, Kadeisha Buchanan, Shelina Zadorsky, Allysha Chapman (sub Jayde Riviere 56mins), Desiree Scott, Sophie Schmidt (sub Julia Grosso 75mins), Nichelle Prince (sub Deanne Rose 81mins), Jessie Fleming, Janine Beckie (sub Shannon Woeller 90mins), Christine Sinclair. Subs not used: Vanessa Gilles, Jordyn Huitema, Lindsay Agnew, Erin McLeod, Gabrielle Carle, Sabrina D'Angelo, Jenna Hellstrom.

 

 
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