By Neil Davidson
VANCOUVER — Canada exited the Women’s World Cup in a painful 2-1 quarter-final loss to England on Saturday, undone on defence in a brutal three-minute spell early in the first half.
The quarter-final departure is by the numbers for eighth-ranked Canada. But John Herdman’s team will feel it should have had the measure of No. 6 England and has missed a gilt-edged opportunity to make the final four of the soccer showcase for only the second time.
Still Canada went out on its shield, taking the game to the English as it tried to mount a comeback from the 2-0 deficit. Captain Christine Sinclair scored late in the first half and played her best game of the tournament, constantly probing the English defence for weaknesses.
Five minutes of stoppage time made for a tense ending with the crowd trying to urge Canada on.
As the final whistle…
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