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Dublin: 10 °C Tuesday 14 July, 2020

One of the teams tipped as outsiders to win the World Cup earn hard-fought victory

Canada edged past Cameroon this evening.

Canada's Kadeisha Buchanan (left) celebrates scoring her side's first goal of the game.
Canada's Kadeisha Buchanan (left) celebrates scoring her side's first goal of the game.
Image: John Walton

CANADA BROKE THROUGH a determined Cameroon defence on the stroke of half time to win the Women’s World Cup Group E opener 1-0 in Montpellier on Monday.

Canada dominated possession and heavily outshot Cameroon but only breached the defence once from a well rehearsed corner.

Defender Kadeisha Buchanan arrived late to meet a corner at the far post and bounced a header past Annette Ngo Ndom in the Cameroon goal. It was Buchanan’s fourth international goal. Three have been from headers.

Canada’s veteran striker Christine Sinclair, who needs four more goals to overtake retired American Abby Wambach as the top scorer in women’s international football, had a particularly difficult night in front of goal.

The other two teams in the group, Netherlands and New Zealand, meet in Le Havre on Tuesday.

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