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Canada’s Men’s World Cup Team today defeated Libya 4-2 in front of 45,000 spectators at the National Stadium in Tripoli, Libya.
Canadian forward Kevin McKenna opened the scoring in the 18th minute before Libya equalized on a penalty in the 27th minute. In the 34th minute, Jim Brennan of Nottingham Forest blasted a 20 yard shot that beat the Libyan goalkeeper on the near post. At the half, the score was 2-1.
Two minutes into the second half, Canadian midfielder Paul Stalteri made it 3-1 in the 47th minute after a setup from Jim Brennan.
Libya with a penalty shot by Tark Al Taied made it 3-2 in the 59th minute.
Canada’s last goal came from Maycoll Canizalez who cut inside his defender and hit a low left footed shot into the bottom left hand corner in the 81st minute.
“We had a good overall team performance with four goals.” said Canadian Men’s World Cup Team Head Coach Holger Osieck “It was a very pleasant experience.”
The Libyan team included midfielder Al-Saadi Gadhafi (son of Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi).
Canada’s next opponent is Estonia on March 29 in Tallinn.
February 12, 2003 – Tripoli, Libya
National Stadium – International Friendly
Canada 4 (2)
Libya 2 (1)
Goal Scorers: Canada - Kevin McKenna (18); Jim Brennan (34); Paul Stalteri (47); Maycoll Canizalez (81)
CAN - Lars Hirschfeld (Pat Onstad, 46); Carl Fletcher; Paul Fenwick; Jason deVos; Richard Hastings; Jim Brennan (Chris Pozniak, 88); Paul Stalteri; Daniel Imhof (Mike Klukowski, 60); Atiba Hutchinson; Kevin McKenna (Rob Friend, 86); Iain Hume (Maycoll Canizalez, 65)