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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old January 21st, 2011, 12:47 Thread Starter
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Four Nations Tournament 2011 CWNT

Canada 3 China 2

Canada spots host China a first half 2-0 lead and then storms back to score three in the second half with Sinclair scoring the winner on a break with 30 seconds left in extra time. Great stuff!
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old January 22nd, 2011, 01:35 Thread Starter
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Four Nations Tournament 1/21/2011

Location: Yongchuan, Chongqing
Stadium: Olympic Sports Center
Kickoff: 18.35 local (5.35 ET / 2.35 PT)
Broadcast: CCTV-5

Canada opened its 2011 season with a 3:2 come-from-behind victory over China PR at the Yongchuan Cup Four-Nation Women's Tournament. Canada scored three times in the second half - including the last-minute winner in the 94th minute - to overcome a two-goal deficit and win three points on Match Day One of the competition.

"I think our team showed great personality," said national head coach Carolina Morace. "It is not easy to score three goals when you are down by two goals, especially to win (like we did against China) in China."

Melissa Tancredi started the comeback in the 56th minute and then assisted on a pair of Christine Sinclair goals in the 80th and 94th minutes. The winning goal was scored on the last offensive play of the match.

"All three goals were very good goals," said Morace, who was impressed with Tancredi's strength and power on the ball. "I was very happy for (Tancredi) because sometimes I think she doesn't realize the potential she has inside. She wanted to score today."

Canada had countless opportunities in the first half. In fact, the away team could have been up 1-0 on a glorious chance in the 13th minute. Getting back just in time, China PR managed to clear a Sinclair shot off the line. Six minutes later, China PR turned the table and took a 1-0 lead on You Jia's first of two goals on the night.

Again five minutes later, Canada created a great chance to score off a free kick. This time, a trick play between Sinclair and Diana Matheson nearly resulted in a goal. There was a rebound chance inside the box, but amazingly the ball remained out of the net.

Despite their early chances, Canada couldn't buy a goal. Then in the 36th minute, China PR's You Jia made it 2-0.

Within a minute of Canada going down a second goal, the team was pushing right back with chances at the opposite end. Canada won two quick corners and then carried that momentum right through into the break.

"We had so many chances, we knew that we could win the game," said Tancredi. "We had the momentum going into the second half. Our whole goal was not to give up and to just keep going. As soon as we got the first goal, that was all we needed to push off from there."

Tancredi created a good opportunity with a cross in the 55th minute, but then scored herself the first of three Canadian goals just one minute later. Substitute Sophie Schmidt won the ball in the midfield and got it to Kaylyn Kyle who struck the ball forward to Tancredi. Tancredi then chipped her shot from the right side of the box over the Chinese goalkeeper Zhang Yue.

"Kaylyn played a good through ball to me," said Tancredi. "I took a touch with my right foot and just played it across the goalkeeper into the top corner."

With the Chinese lead cut in half, the Canadian players started to apply even more pressure as they pushed for a second goal. Sinclair and Tancredi nearly combined for a goal in the 76th minute on a Tancredi header, but then four minutes later Tancredi passed it to Sinclair for the captain's first of the 2011 campaign.

On a Chinese giveaway, Tancredi intercepted the pass back and then pushed it forward to Sinclair. Sinclair fired it in from the left side to even the score 2-2.

"It was a relief in the second half when the balls started to go in," said Sinclair.

Sinclair's second goal was scored in the 94th minute, just moments before the referee blew the final whistle. Schmidt cleared the ball from just above the Canadian box into the middle of the pitch, Tancredi won the ball and flicked it forward over one defender, and Sinclair outran the Chinese defence to win her breakaway and score the winning goal.

"She played a perfect pass to send me on a breakaway," said Sinclair. "In my head, I was thinking, 'this is the last play of the game so I better score."

Canada played a good game, despite giving away two goals in the first half. Substitute goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc made a couple of big saves in the second half and the Canadian defence dug in deep to neutralize the advances that China PR tried to make.

Rhian Wilkinson was very good on one notable defensive play in the 93rd minute when she won the ball and turned her back on a Chinese attacker inside the Canadian box. That Chinese chance could have sent the home side home happy, but the Canadians ended it all with the Sinclair goal just a minute later.

"Tanc got the monkey off our back and was clutch tonight," said captain Sinclair. "She scored the first goal and set me up for two."

For this match, Canada's starting XI featured Erin McLeod in goal, Marie-Eve Nault at left back, Emily Zurrer and Candace Chapman at centre back, Rhian Wilkinson at right back, and Carmelina Moscato, Diana Matheson, Kaylyn Kyle, Jonelle Filigno, Melissa Tancredi and captain Christine Sinclair from the midfield up through to the attack.

Canada made the maximum five substitutions in the second half. Before the restart, McLeod (injured) and Moscato were replaced by Karina LeBlanc and Sophie Schmidt. Coach Morace then brought in Jodi-Ann Robinson in the 68th minute (for Filigno), Robyn Gayle in the 75th minute (for Nault), and Desiree Scott in the 82nd minute (for Kyle).

China PR's starting XI featured Zhang Yue in goal, Zhou Gaoping at left back, Weng Xinzhi and Yuan Fan at centre back, Yu Yahui at right back, and Zhang Na, Qu Shanshan, You Jia, Pang Fengyue, Gu Yasha and captain Xu Yuan from the midfield up through to the attack. China PR made three substitutions in the second half, replacing Yu Yahui with Li Danyang in the 51st minute, goal scorer You Jia with Wang Yihang in the 68th minute, and captain Li Lin with Xu Yuan in the 79th minute.

Canada extended its current unbeaten streak to 11 matches with the Friday night victory, improving to nine wins and two draws since 30 September in Toronto. Canada has also beaten China PR in back-to-back matches for the first time ever.

Canada will continue at the Yongchuan Cup in two days. Match Day 2 will feature Canada against USA and Sweden against host China PR.
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Highlights Canada 3 China 2
Sorry for the quality couldn't figure out how to get the address for the originating video from CCTV5.
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Location: Yongchuan, Chongqing Stadium: Olympic Sports Center Attendance: 7500

Canada fell 1:2 to USA on Match Day 2 of the 2011 Yongchuan Cup Four-Nation Women's Tournament. Both sides traded goals just minutes apart early in the second half, but then USA found the back of the net one more time in the 70th minute to clinch the victory.

Lauren Cheney and Lindsay Tarpley scored for USA while Melissa Tancredi scored for Canada

"We played very well and created many chances to score," said national head coach Carolina Morace. "At the international level against teams like USA, when you have a chance, you have to score."

The first half was scoreless with neither side maintaining long possession. Canada did win seven corner kicks, but was less than dangerous on the delivery of three of them. USA won two corner kicks and had the best shot from Amy Rodriguez in the 38th minute, although really she had little of an angle on the shot. Canada's Karina LeBlanc made the save.

Canada's best chance in the first half was a play that nearly got Melissa Tancredi in on goal in the 44th minute. USA's Nicole Barnhart was quick off the line to make a good save before Tancredi tumbled to the ground.

The play quickly heated up in the second half. Canada was the first on the attack and won a corner, but USA then built some sustained pressure and nearly came away with a goal in the 50th minute. Alex Morgan rushed down the right side and fired a shot that LeBlanc saved, but the ball came down just in front of the line. Canada did well to clear the ball just in time.

Two minutes later, USA hit the crossbar for a second time, this time on a shot by midfielder Kelley O'Hara. The next few minutes went back and forth. Tancredi fired a shot high, but then USA returned with Lauren Cheney opening the scoring for the Americans. Two minutes later, it was Melissa Tancredi making it 1-1 on a low shot from the left.

Kaylyn Kyle had collected the ball before moving it up to Tancredi on the run. Tancredi shot the ball low past the goalkeeper to even the score 1-1.

Following the second goal, things cooled down shortly, although both sides still traded chances. In the 71st minute, Lauren Cheney got in on the left side and passed it to Lindsay Tarpley. Tarpley made no mistake with her low shot that beat LeBlanc and found the far corner of the net.

Over the last 20 minutes, USA's best chance was on a free kick in the 84th minute. USA won the free kick right at the top (and just outside) the Canada box. The wall held its ground and kept the ball out.

Canada's last big chance came in the 92nd minute when Sinclair fired a hard shot right at Nicole Barnhart.

For this match, Canada's starting XI featured Karina LeBlanc in goal, Marie-Eve Nault at left back, Emily Zurrer and Candace Chapman at centre back, Rhian Wilkinson at right back, and Kaylyn Kyle, Diana Matheson, Sophie Schmidt, Jonelle Filigno, Melissa Tancredi and Christine Sinclair from the midfield up through to the attack.

USA's starting XI featured Nicole Barnhart in goal, Stephanie Cox at left back, Becky Sauerbrunn and Christie Rampone at centre back, Brittany Taylor at right back, Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe, Lori Lindsey and Kelley O'Hara at midfield, and Alex Morgan and Amy Rodriguez up front.

Of note in the match, captain Christine Sinclair made her 150th appearance for Canada, to first Canadian to reach the milestone. Sinclair has of course faced USA more often than any other nation - 28 times including today's match.
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Canada 1 Sweden 0 FT

Sweden ranked Fifa #4 Canada ranked Fifa #9

Queen Christine does it again.

Labbe in goal so Carolina had all three keepers play in the tournament.
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Four Nations Tournament 1/25/2011
Location: Yongchuan, Chongqing
Stadium: Olympic Sports Center

Christine Sinclair was again the difference, this time in a 1:0 victory over Sweden at the 2011 Yongchuan Cup Four-Nation Women's Tournament. Sinclair outran three Swedish defenders and buried a low shot in the 32nd minute to put Canada on its way to its second victory in three matches.

It marks the first time since November 2006 that Canada defeated one of the world's top-four nations. Over the last year, Canada's record is now two wins, three draws and two losses against top-10 nations, with the only defeats against the first- and second-ranked USA and Germany.

Canada carried much of the play, both before and after the Sinclair goal. Sweden did not sit back, but created several chances of its own. Canada's Stephanie Labbé was in goal and she posted her fourth clean sheet in five career starts. So far in her young career, the only player to score against her was Marta in December, with one of two goals coming on a penalty kick.

"We played well in this game," said national head coach Carolina Morace. "In the second half, we continued to attack. We were not scared to attack the goal."

Indeed, Canada played very well from start to finish in the victory over Sweden, only the second win in 13 matches between both nations since 1987 (2-1-10). Canada’s offence won eight corner kicks, with a few threatening scoring chances created off those set plays.

Canada created a decent chance in the 30th minute in between a pair of corner kicks at opposite corners in the Sweden end. After faking short, Canada went long and the ball found its way to Candace Chapman at the back post. Her shot was blocked, but won the second corner on the play.

THE GOAL Sinclair's goal was masterful. Swedish goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl hit a drop kick that went well past centre, but Canadian centre back Emily Zurrer got up and headed it back in the opposite direction. Three Swedish defenders started running back, but Sinclair split the trio and ran first to the ball before striking it past the advancing Lindahl.

“She was five or six metres behind the defenders and she just accelerated,” said Morace. “She was amazing. She has turbo jets and she is not even in her best condition (at the start of the year).”

The goal was the 115th of Sinclair’s international career. She has scored in 12 of her last 15 matches, with three goals in three matches at the Yongchuan Cup.

EXCITING SECOND HALF Early in the second half, Canada forced Lindahl to be quick and good on a couple of exciting chances. It all started when a loose ball in the box was sitting beyond the group of Swedish defenders and Canadian attackers, but the incoming Kaylyn Kyle couldn't get to it quick to fire a dangerous-enough chance. Still, her rush helped Canada win a corner kick.

Off the ensuing corner, Canada played it short and created a great scoring opportunity with a dangerous shot, but the shot was stopped by Lindahl. Canada won another corner and another chance on goal, but Lindahl was up to the task.

Sweden changed the direction and for the next several minutes, put Canada on its heels and forced Labbé to make a couple of big saves of her own. Sweden won four corner kicks on sustained pressure before Canada finally switched its gears and moved the play back up the other way.

Canada continued to create chances in the final 30 minutes, but the excitement cooled off at both ends. Sinclair had another good run into the box in the 77th minute and Labbé was again forced to come up big in the 78th minute, but the Canadian XI held out for the victory.

The last close call came in the 88th minute when a Swedish shot was deflected by the Canadian defence, fortunately out of play and to the only advantage of a corner kick.

LINEUPS Canada’s starting XI featured Stephanie Labbé in goal, Rhian Wilkinson at left back, Emily Zurrer and Candace Chapman at centre back, Robyn Gayle at right back, and Diana Matheson, Kaylyn Kyle, Sophie Schmidt, Jonelle Filigno, Melissa Tancredi and Christine Sinclair from the midfield up through to the attack. Canada made just one substitution in the game, switching Gayle for Marie-Eve Nault after 45 minutes.

Sweden’s starting XI featured Hedvig Lindahl in goal, Annica Svensson at left back, Stina Segerström and Charlotte Rohlin at centre back, Sara Larsson at right back, and Marie Hammarström, Kosovare Assllani, Linnea Liljegärd, Josefine Öqvist, Therese Sjögran, and Linda Forsberg from the midfield up through to the attack. Sweden made five substitutions, bringing on Antonia Göransson (for Asllani in the 44th minute), Johanna Almgren (for Liljegärd, 64th), Lina Nilsson (for Larsson, 69th), Madelaine Edlund (for Öqvist, 77th) and Linda Sembrant (for Sjögran, 81st).

Canada is currently preparing for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011. Canadian coach Carolina Morace brought 24 different players to the Yongchuan Cup.
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