Women's World Cup - Group A
Canada Women1China Women0

Canada Women 1-0 China Women

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  • Opening match of 2015 Women's World Cup
  • Record crowd for Canadian football
  • Christine Sinclair scores injury-time penalty
  • Match played on artificial pitch

Striker Christine Sinclair scored an injury-time penalty for hosts Canada as they edged out China in the opening match of the Women's World Cup.

The game looked to be heading for a goalless conclusion until China's Zhao Rong was adjudged to have brought down Adriana Leon in the box.

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Women's World Cup 2015: Controversial penalty gives Canada win

Watched by a record crowd for Canadian football, China's Gu Yasha curled a free-kick against both posts.

Josee Belanger then hit a drive for Canada which rattled back off the bar.

The Netherlands beat New Zealand in the opening day's other match with a curling strike by Lieke Martens from outside the area in the 33rd minute.

The tournament opener between the hosts and China was watched by more than 53,000 inside the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, making it the best attended match in Canadian women's football history, but it was a drab encounter until its dramatic conclusion.

Sinclair, who has now netted 154 goals in 224 international games, sent the fans into ecstasy with a coolly taken late spot-kick as Canada went top of their group.

The 2015 tournament will be the biggest so far after the seventh edition was expanded to include 24 teams.

Japan are the defending champions, while the final will take place on 5 July in Vancouver.

There was controversy in the lead up when 84 players from 13 countries were involved in a lawsuit against the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) and world governing body Fifa over the use of artificial pitches in the tournament - and the ball rolled unevenly on Saturday.

Englishman John Herdman's Canada side went into the event having beaten England 1-0 in their final warm-up game last month.

Kadeisha Buchanan had a shot blocked by China goalkeeper Wang Fei, while star striker Sinclair nicked an effort wide.

Both sides came within inches of grabbing the opening goal, but Gu Yasha and Belanger both hit the woodwork, before Sinclair's late intervention.

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Line-ups

Canada Women

  • 1McLeod
  • 9Bélanger
  • 3Buchanan
  • 10Sesselmann
  • 15Chapman
  • 22Lawrence
  • 11ScottBooked at 22minsSubstituted forFlemingat 71'minutes
  • 13Schmidt
  • 14TancrediSubstituted forLeonat 77'minutes
  • 16FilignoSubstituted forKyleat 61'minutes
  • 12Sinclair

Substitutes

  • 2Zurrer
  • 4Moscato
  • 5Gayle
  • 6Kyle
  • 7Wilkinson
  • 8Matheson
  • 17Fleming
  • 18Iacchelli
  • 19Leon
  • 20Nault
  • 21Labbé
  • 23LeBlanc

China Women

  • 12Wang
  • 5Wu
  • 14Zhao
  • 6Li
  • 2Liu
  • 19Tan
  • 23Ren
  • 21WangSubstituted forHanat 42'minutes
  • 10LiSubstituted forZhangat 62'minutes
  • 17GuSubstituted forMaat 87'minutes
  • 9Wang

Substitutes

  • 1Zhang
  • 3Pang
  • 4Li
  • 8Ma
  • 11Wang
  • 13Tang
  • 15Lei
  • 16Lou
  • 18Han
  • 20Zhang
  • 22Zhao
Referee:
Kateryna Monzul
Attendance:
53,058

Match Stats

Home TeamCanada WomenAway TeamChina Women
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home14
Away5
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home0
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away15

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Canada Women00000000
2China Women00000000
3Netherlands Women00000000
4New Zealand Women00000000

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ivory Coast Women00000000
2Germany Women00000000
3Norway Women00000000
4Thailand Women00000000

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cameroon Women00000000
2Ecuador Women00000000
3Japan Women00000000
4Switzerland Women00000000

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Australia Women00000000
2Nigeria Women00000000
3Sweden Women00000000
4USA Women00000000

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brazil Women00000000
2Costa Rica Women00000000
3South Korea Women00000000
4Spain Women00000000

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Colombia Women00000000
2England Women00000000
3France Women00000000
4Mexico Women00000000
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