Canada dream continues with tight Swiss win; Off to final 8

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(FIFA.com) 22 Jun 2015

VANCOUVER, BC. – JUNE 21:  Team Canada celebrates a goal by Josee Belanger #9 of Canada in the 2nd half during the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 Round of 16 match between Canada and Switzerland on June 21, 2015 at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia. Photo By Derek Cain / ISN.

A lone Josee Belanger goal soon after half-time was enough for host nation Canada to continue their 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup™ odyssey at the expense of Switzerland.

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VANCOUVER, BC. – JUNE 21:  Josee Belanger #9 of Canada celebrates her goal with Rhian Wilkinson #7 of Canada during the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 Round of 16 match between Canada and Switzerland on June 21, 2015 at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia. Photo By Derek Cain / ISN.

There was plenty of endeavour from both teams for the big Vancouver crowd but there was only limited creativity to threaten the goal amid a high-energy contest.

Ramona Bachmann was typically lively throughout the contest and the Sweden-based forward had a near post shot pushed out early on.

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VANCOUVER, BC. – JUNE 21:  Josee Belanger #9 of Canada during the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 Round of 16 match between Canada and Switzerland on June 21, 2015 at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia. Photo By Derek Cain / ISN.

Canada’s best chance of the half was inadvertently created as Belanger’s cross struck the far post with the ricochet bouncing off goalkeeper Gaelle Thalmann and away to safety.

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VANCOUVER, BC. – JUNE 21:  Christine Sinclair #12 of Canada  and Lara Dickenmann #11 of Switzerland of Switzerland battle for the ball during the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 Round of 16 match between Canada and Switzerland on June 21, 2015 at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia. Photo By Derek Cain / ISN.

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VANCOUVER, BC. – JUNE 21:  Erin McLeod #1 of Canada leaps into the air to make a save during the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 Round of 16 match between Canada and Switzerland on June 21, 2015 at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia. Photo By Derek Cain / ISN.

Canada grabbed the all-important opener just after the break in what was always likely to be a match of small margins. Belanger was on the end of a Canada move sweeping the ball home from near the penalty spot with a tidy first-time finish, having profited from Christine Sinclair’s assist.

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VANCOUVER, BC. – JUNE 21:  Ana Maria Crnogorcevic #13 of Switzerland and Allysha Chapman #15 of Canada battle for the ball during the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 Round of 16 match between Canada and Switzerland on June 21, 2015 at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia. Photo By Derek Cain / ISN.

Switzerland’s Ana Maria Crnogorcevic headed over the bar in a rare sight of Erin McLeod’s goal. Canada provided plenty of headaches for Thalmann with delivery from wide areas and Caroline Abbe was forced to clear Belanger’s shot off the line during one such moment.

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VANCOUVER, BC. – JUNE 21:  Erin McLeod #1 of Canada makes a save as Lara Dickenmann #11 of Switzerland looks for the rebound during the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 Round of 16 match between Canada and Switzerland on June 21, 2015 at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia. Photo By Derek Cain / ISN.

McLeod had a rare but crucial save to make with 12 minutes remaining bravely smothering to deny Vanessa Bernauer from close range after Bachmann was again the instigator.

Canada are now into next Saturday’s quarter-final in Vancouver and await the winner of England-Norway.

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VANCOUVER, BC. – JUNE 21:  Lauren Sesselmann #10 of Canada makes a big defensive play against Lara Dickenmann #11 of Switzerland during the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 Round of 16 match between Canada and Switzerland on June 21, 2015 at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia. Photo By Derek Cain / ISN.

Live Your Goals Player of the Match: Erin McLeod (Canada)

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