Women's World Cup - Round of 16
Canada Women1Switzerland Women0

Canada 1-0 Switzerland

Hosts Canada beat Switzerland in front of a record crowd of 53,885 to reach the Women's World Cup quarter-finals.

Josee Belanger's goal secured a place in the last eight, where they will face either England or Norway, who meet on Monday (21:00 BST).

The winner came in the 52nd minute when Christine Sinclair laid the ball off to Belanger, whose left-footed shot went past Swiss keeper Gaelle Thalmann.

It brought to an end Switzerland's first Women's World Cup campaign.

Ana Maria Crnogorcevic had the chance to level for the Swiss but headed over the bar, while Canada keeper Erin McLeod pulled off a great close-range save to stop Vanessa Bernauer's effort.

The match in Vancouver set a new record for the largest crowd to ever watch a national team in any sport in Canada.

Canada players greet fans
Organisers believe the overall attendance for the Women's World Cup in Canada will be around 1.25 million

"To feel the energy of the crowd being so loud and proud, and to know everyone at home must have seen it, it's a moment I will never forget," said goalscorer Belanger.

"It's been a hard year. I've been trying to get those goals and everyone was saying 'it's going to come'. It arrived at the right time. It was amazing."

Switzerland defender Daniela Schwarz confirmed after the game that she would be retiring from international football, but hoped their World Cup debut would inspire more females in her home country.

The 29-year-old told BBC Sport: "Now we hope we get a boom back at home. There's not many football players back at home so we hope to get more numbers.

"There's plenty of players in the squad who have many years ahead of them so we hope to be part of the World Cup again in four years."

Switzerland players after Canada defeat
Switzerland ended their first Women's World Cup campaign with one win and three defeats

Line-ups

Canada Women

  • 1McLeod
  • 7WilkinsonSubstituted forNaultat 88'minutes
  • 3BuchananBooked at 74mins
  • 10Sesselmann
  • 15Chapman
  • 11Scott
  • 22LawrenceSubstituted forKyleat 76'minutes
  • 13Schmidt
  • 12SinclairBooked at 14mins
  • 14TancrediSubstituted forFilignoat 69'minutes
  • 9Bélanger

Substitutes

  • 2Zurrer
  • 4Moscato
  • 5Gayle
  • 6Kyle
  • 8Matheson
  • 16Filigno
  • 17Fleming
  • 18Iacchelli
  • 19Leon
  • 20Nault
  • 21Labbé
  • 23LeBlanc

Switzerland Women

  • 1Thalmann
  • 5Maritz
  • 15Abbé
  • 9Wälti
  • 6KusterBooked at 46minsSubstituted forBürkiat 61'minutes
  • 13Crnogorcevic
  • 22Bernauer
  • 7MoserSubstituted forHummat 72'minutes
  • 4RinastSubstituted forKiwicat 80'minutes
  • 10Bachmann
  • 11Dickenmann

Substitutes

  • 2Remund
  • 3Betschart
  • 8Zehnder
  • 12Michel
  • 14Kiwic
  • 16Humm
  • 17Ismaili
  • 18Bürki
  • 19Aigbogun
  • 20Schwarz
  • 21Oehrli
  • 23Deplazes
Referee:
Anna-Marie Keighley
Attendance:
53,855

Match Stats

Home TeamCanada WomenAway TeamSwitzerland Women
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home5
Away4
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home0
Away5
Fouls
Home16
Away10

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Canada Women31202115
2China Women31113304
3Netherlands Women31112204
4New Zealand Women302123-12

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany Women3210151147
2Norway Women32108267
3Thailand Women3102310-73
4Ivory Coast Women3003316-130

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Japan Women33004139
2Cameroon Women32019366
3Switzerland Women310211473
4Ecuador Women3003117-160

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1USA Women32104137
2Australia Women31114404
3Sweden Women30304403
4Nigeria Women301236-31

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brazil Women33004049
2South Korea Women311145-14
3Costa Rica Women302134-12
4Spain Women301224-21

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France Women32016246
2England Women32014316
3Colombia Women31114314
4Mexico Women301228-61
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