FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 – Day 1 Round up

An injury time penalty scored by Canadian captain Christine Sinclair earned the hosts their first opening group game win in front of a record breaking crowd of 53,058 in Edmonton.

In the second group match of the day, Netherlands enjoyed a perfect start to their FIFA Women’s World Cup debut as Lieke Martens scored to give them a 1-0 win over New Zealand.

Group A: Canada 1-0 China PR

It took an injury time penalty scored by Canadian captain Christine Sinclair to break the deadlock and earn the hosts their first opening group game win in front of a record breaking crowd of 53,058 in Edmonton.

Canada dominated the opening 20 minutes of the game but a free-kick by Lisi Wang in the 23rd minute was denied by both posts and shook the Canadians.

The woodwork came into action at the other end shortly after as Belanger’s effort struck the crossbar.

As the game seemed destined to end goalless the Ukrainian referee Kateryna Monzul awarded a penalty against Rong Zhao for a foul on Adriana Leon. The decision was a controversial one for many fans who thought it was a fair 50/50 challenge.

It was the captain Christine Sinclair who stepped up and converted the penalty much to the delight of the strong home crowd.

Result: Canada 1-0 China PR
Goal: Christine Sinclair 90+2′ (PEN)
Attendance: 53,058
Player of the Match: Sophie Schmidt (Canada)
Canada starting 11: McLeod, Buchanan, Sesselmann, Chapman, Belanger, Lawrence, Scott, Schmidt, Filigno, Tancredi, Sinclair (c)
China PR starting 11: Wang F., Liu, Li Do., Zhao, Wu (c), Gu, Ren, Li Y., Tan, Wang L., Wang S.
VIDEO: Match highlights.

Group A: New Zealand 0-1 Netherlands

It was to be a fantastic strike from Lieke Martens that would decide the outcome of this contest.

The game was a little slow paced with not a lot of intensity, Ria Percival came closest for New Zealand when her free-kick had to be flicked away by goalkeeper Loes Geurts.

Danielle Van De Donk put the ball in the back of the net for the Netherlands after 15 minutes but it was correctly ruled offside. The game winning goal came 18 minutes later through Lieke Martens who cut in from the left with her first touch and went scored from 25 yards.

Result: New Zealand 0-1 Netherlands
Goal: Lieke Martens 33′
Attendance: 53,058
Player of the Match: Lieke Martens (Netherlands)
New Zealand starting 11: Nayler, Riley, Erceg (c), Stott, Percival, Bowen, Duncan, Longo, Gregorius, Hearn, Wilkinson
Netherlands starting 11: Geurts, Hogewoning, Van den Berg, van der Gragt, Van Lunteren, Spitse, van de Donk, Dekker, Martens, Miedema, Melis
VIDEO: Match highlights.

Key points from Day One:

  • Day ones’s action sees Canada top Group A ahead of the Netherlands, New Zealand and China PR. Check out the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 Group Standings.
  • It was a record breaking opening match with a crowd of 53,058! A record attendance in Canadian history for a men or women’s football match
  • Christine Sinclair scored the first goal of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 and her 154th goal for Canada.

Follow all the FIFA Women’s World Cup action! Keep an eye on all the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup fixtures and results.

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