Canada were eliminated from the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup after beating Tanzania 1-1

Canada were eliminated from the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup on Tuesday after drawing 1-1 with debutants Tanzania in the final match of the opening round.

The Canadians went into the competition needing a win at DY Patil Stadium and some help from Japan in the form of a win or draw against France in the other Group D game, which kicks off concurrently in Goa, to stay alive in the tournament to stay.

Amanda Allen opened the scoring for Canada from the penalty spot. Veronica Mapunda joined it for Tanzania.

Needing a win, the Canadians changed formation and threw everything in attack as the clock ran out and nine minutes of added time ticked by. But Tanzania defended steadfastly and Canada missed a clean finish with an injury-time shot from Jade Bordeleau that was blocked by the Tanzania goalkeeper.

Tanzania, known as the Serengeti Girls, make their debut at a FIFA World Cup event. And they caused a stir with a surprise 2-1 win over France on Saturday after losing 4-0 to Japan in their opening game.

Canada opened the game with a 1-1 draw with France before losing 4-0 to Japan on Saturday.

Japan (3-0-0, nine points) defeated France 2-0 to become group winners. Tanzania (1-1-1, four points) was second, Canada (0-1-2, two points) was third ahead of France (0-2-1, one point).

The top two teams in each of the four groups advance to the Quarterfinals. France won the tournament in 2012 while Japan won the cup in 2104.

Spain are the defending champions, having won in 2018 when Canada finished fourth. The 2020 tournament was canceled due to the pandemic.

Tanzania’s senior women’s team is ranked 152 in the world, sandwiched between St Lucia and Timor-Leste, and some 145 rungs behind Olympic champions Canada.

Canada took the lead in the 14th minute with an Allen penalty after Annabelle Chukwu was brought down in the Tanzania box after dispossessing captain Noela Luhala. Chukwu, who scored from the bench against France, went down fighting through three defenders. Allen defeated Tanzania goalkeeper Zulfa Makau cleanly from the penalty spot.

Tanzania responded in the 35th minute after failing to clear a corner. The ball hit multiple bodies and came to Mapunda, whose accurate shot defeated Canadian goalkeeper Coralie Lallier.

Canada will regret the game after conceding the corner after the ball bounced off a defender under pressure from a Tanzanian attacker.

Canada coach Emma Humphries made four changes to their line-up, with Chukwu, Emily Wong, Mya Archibald and Jaime Perrault in the starting XI.

Hasnath Ubamba tested Lallier in the ninth minute and forced a save after maneuvering past Wong to make room for her shot. It was dangerous in the following corner when Luhala’s header ricocheted off the pitch in a Tormaul scramble and hit the bar.

Allen forced a save from Makau in the 24th minute. Three minutes later, Makau was called out again to stop a curling shot from Chukwu.

Tanzania’s Violeth Mwamakamba got away with just one foul call in the 29th minute when she attacked Clare Logan with studs.

Thai referee Pansa Chaisanit warned the Tanzanian players against wasting their time early in the second half.

Makau stopped another long-range effort from Chukwu in the 65th minute.

Canada qualified for the World Cup after defeating Puerto Rico 3-0 in the third-place play-off at the CONCACAF Women’s U17 Championship in the Dominican Republic in May.

Canada’s Rosa Maalouf led the CONCACAF U-17 Championship with 12 goals, while Clara Luvanga scored 10 in Tanzania qualifiers.

Canada has participated in all seven editions of the U-17 Women’s World Cup, highlighted by fourth-place finishes in Uruguay in 2018, where they beat Germany 1-0 in the quarterfinals before losing 1-0 to Mexico in the semifinals. Canada then lost 2-1 to New Zealand in the match for third place.

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