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Canada tops Mexico, Sweden rallies past Norway

Canada defeated Mexico 2-1 on Tuesday at the Four Nations Tournament in China behind goals from Adriana Leon and Christine Sinclair. Canada is unbeaten at the the tournament after a 2-1 win over South Korea on Sunday.

South Korea defeated host China, 3-2 in Tuesday’s other match.

After struggling through much of 2013 and 2014, Sinclair could be hitting her stride at just the right time as the World Cup approaches.

“We’re on a bit of roll (when you) add the two games against Sweden in November,” Sinclair said. “We wanted to use the tournament as a dress rehearsal for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ (where) six points in your first two matches would put you through.”

Elsewhere, Sweden erased a 2-0 halftime deficit to beat Norway, 3-2 in a friendly. Sweden’s defense looked shaky and susceptible — especially in the first half — on the counterattack in particular. Isabell Herlovsen opened the scoring for Norway in the 26th minute and then doubled the lead seven minutes later.

But Kosovare Asllani scored less that two minutes after halftime and then again on the half-hour mark before Lotta Schelin scored the game-winner in the 78th minute after a scrum in the box.

GOALS: 0-1 Isabell Herlovsen (26), 0-2 Isabell Herlovsen (33), 1-2 Kosovare Asllani (47), 2-2 Kosovare Asllani (60), 3-2 Lotta Schelin (78)

NORWAY: Ingrid Hjelmseth – Marita Skammelsrud Lund, Inger Ane Hole, Trine Rønning (K) (Ida Elise Enget fra 67), Hedda Strand Gardsjord – Lene Mykjåland (Gry Tofte Ims fra 83), Maren Mjelde (Ada Stolsmo Hegerberg fra 62), Solveig Gulbrandsen – Emilie Bosshard Haavi, Isabell Herlovsen, Kristine Minde

SWEDEN: Carola Söberg – Elin Rubensson, Nilla Fischer, Emma Berglund (Lisa Dahlkvist fra 46), Mia Karlsson (Sara Thunebro fra 46) – Linda Sembrant – Sofia Jakobsson (Malin Diaz Pettersson fra 70), Hanna Folkesson, Therese Sjögran – Lotta Schelin, Kosovare Asllani (Jenny Hjohlman fra 83)


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