Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Canada Wins Opener

The 2008 U-17 FIFA Women's World Cup kicked off in Auckland tonight as Canada downed plucky host New Zealand, 1-0, in a hard-charging match. The two teams both fired 12 shots, but Canada's Rachel Lamarre scored tournament's first-ever goal in the 53rd minute and it held up despite an excellent second half from the Kiwis, who saw two chances come agonizingly close in what was eventually six minutes of stoppage time. A crowd of 13,123 watched the historic first U-17 Women's World Cup match at North Harbour Stadium. Tomorrow, the tournament continues as Denmark takes on Colombia, Costa Rica faces Germany and North Korea takes on Ghana.

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