Canada reached the quarter-finals of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup after defeating Switzerland with a final scoreboard of 1-0. The only goal of the entire match was scored by Josee Belanger as she found the back of the net at the 52nd minute.
The captain of the Canadian team, Christine Sinclair played a huge role as he provided the cross over to Belanger as she made no mistake in firing it home.
Canada had dominated control of the match since the early stages of the match but despite it’s domination, it was Switzerland which had the best chance to score as Bachmann whipped in a cross into the penalty box of Canada but Lara Dickenmann wasn’t able to reach the ball.
As the match progressed, Canada was putting pressure upon their opponents with shots being fired inside the own half of the Swiss team.
The only goal of the entire match arrived through Belanger in the 2nd half but even though Canada had the lead, they did not fall back and defend instead they continued their search for another goal with continuous charges upfront.
There was a moment when the Canadian appeared to be on the verge of scoring a 2nd goal when Belanger took advantage of a lost ball in front of the net of their rivals and she launched a short range shot which was blocked by the defender Caroline Abbe.
The match eventually reached it’s ending point and the goal-keeper of Canada, Erin McLeod managed to earn her 3rd clean sheet of the tournament. McLeod was named the best Player of the Match and she took the chance to praise her teammates as she talked to reporters and said:
“I cannot give enough compliments to the backline. Everyone in the backline has been phenomenal this whole tournament. I’m especially proud of Rhian Wilkinson … she was phenomenal for us. It makes my job a lot easier.”
This victory gives Canada their ticket into the quarter-finals which is set to take place on June 27 at the BC Place Stadium in Vancouver.