Canadian women battle France to draw in opener of U-17 Women’s World Cup


Substitute Annabelle Chukwu scored in the 67th minute as Canada tied France in its opening match Wednesday on the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

France, which gained the event in 2012, pulled even on a 73rd-minute purpose by Lucie Calba at Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa.

Both groups had early probabilities with Canadian goalkeeper Coralie Lallier compelled to make a save in the primary 30 seconds and Canada surviving a goalmouth scramble in the seventh.

At the opposite finish, Amanda Allen hit the crossbar in the twentieth minute after pouncing on a brief French again go to the ‘keeper.

Anna Hauer arrange the Canada purpose with a by way of ball to Chukwu, who sidestepped the French goalkeeper and slotted the ball house. France tied it up in the 73rd on an acrobatic header by Calba.

“Good begin group! Onto the subsequent one,” tweeted Canada women’s coach Bev Priestman, who’s married to under-17 coach Emma Humphries.

The 16-country competitors runs by way of Oct. 30.

The younger Canadians tackle 2014 champion Japan on Saturday, additionally in Goa, earlier than wrapping up Group D play Oct. 18 in opposition to debutante Tanzania in Navi Mumbai. Spain is the defending champion, having gained in 2018 when Canada positioned fourth. The 2020 event was cancelled due to the pandemic.

Canada certified by advantage of a 3-0 victory over Puerto Rico in the third-place recreation on the CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship in May in the Dominican Republic.

Canada has taken half in seven editions of the U-17 Women’s World Cup, highlighted by the fourth-place end in 2018 in Uruguay the place it downed Germany 1-0 in the quarter-finals earlier than falling 1-0 to Mexico in the semifinal. Canada then misplaced 2-1 to New Zealand in the third-place recreation.


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