UPDATE: Canada wins second match at Cyprus Cup

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UPDATE: Canada wins second match at Cyprus Cup

With the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup three months away, the host country has won two in a row to start the invitational Cyprus Cup.

Christine Sinclair scored the game’s lone goal on Friday in a 1-0 win over South Korea.

On Wednesday, the women’s national soccer team triumphed 2-0 over Scotland when Sinclair and highly touted 16-year old Jessie Fleming gave Canada a winning start to the 12-nation tournament.


Fleming, a prized young star for Canada Soccer, had a tough day on Friday however, with a second yellow card and ejection three quarters of the way through the Korea contest.

Canada, Scotland and South Korea are in Group A of the tourney along with Italy.

Jessie Fleming (left) in action at the 2014 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup last summer in Canada.

Jessie Fleming (left) in action at the 2014 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup last summer in Canada.

By FIFA rankings, Group B is stacked with the sixth and 10th placed England and Australia, respectively, both winning their opening matches. The two top sides play on Friday. No. 11 Netherlands (a Canadian group opponent at the World Cup) and Finland round out the foursome.

FIFA has Canada’s women’s team ranked ninth in world football at the moment.

Group C in Cyprus features Belgium, Czech Republic, Mexico and South Africa. None of these countries are ranked higher than 25th (Mexico) at present, and as per its format, are not eligible to win the tournament.

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Only winners of groups A and B have a shot at the top prize, making round robin matches vital. Canada plays Italy on Monday.

Canada has won this competition three times, but not since 2011. Two years ago England defeated Canada 1-0 in the final, and last year finished ahead of the Canadians in group play, denying the maple leaf nation a chance at the first place match.

This article was modified from its original to add recent round-robin results. 

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