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Game Recap: USWNT narrowly edges out Canada; Brazil tops Argentina

Photo: Jason Roberts/Envision Sports Media.

Too close for comfort. That’s what the scoreline showed for the United States and Canada for each side’s first match of the SheBelieves Cup. Canada kept up with the United States, even with missing a boatload of stars, while the United States edged out their northern-border rivals narrowly.

And in the first match of the tournament, Brazil — in their own rivalry match — topped CONMEBOL foe Argentina, 4-1.

United States 1, Canada 0

Canada and the United States were the later fixture of the first day of SheBelieves action. The theme was “rivalry week,” with the two CONCACAF rivals facing off once again. Canada started off the match shaky on defense, but then settled into a routine. While missing stars like Jordyn Huitema, Christine Sinclair and Ashley Lawrence (among others), the Canadians were able to hold the United States scoreless for a majority of the match.

In the first half, Canada was dealt a major blow when goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan went down injured around the 10th minute. The injury appeared to be a non-contact injury around the hip area. Longtime Canadian goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé entered the match shortly after.

For the first 20 minutes, Canada was pinned inside their own end. However, in the second half, the match opened up more. After a giveaway by Crystal Dunn, Janine Beckie was unselfishly given the ball by Nichelle Prince in front of goal, but her shot was right at Alyssa Naeher. Canada also had shouts for a penalty kick, as Midge Purce looked to get her arm on the ball in the box:

However, the U.S. were relentless, and had chance after chance deep into the second half. It was substitute Rose Lavelle that made the difference in the 79th minute, when she smashed a rebound off a free kick through traffic and past Labbé to give the United States the victory.

Brazil 4, Argentina 1

Photo: Jason Roberts/Envision Sports Media.

Pia Sundhage wanted to see pretty goals scored, and she got it from Brazil.

In a CONMEBOL rivalry, one that’s hardly showcased in the United States due to it normally being played in the South American countries, Brazil and Argentina kicked off the SheBelieves Cup with an age-old rivalry. Brazil took the victory, 4-1, in Orlando to start off the tournament on a hot note.

Argentina didn’t back down, though. The Argentinians gave Brazil a run for their money, holding the Brazilians to just one goal in the first half, courtesy of a Marta penalty kick that was won by Adriana. In the second half, though, the competition opened up for Brazil.

Coming out of the locker room, Debinha gave Brazil a picture-perfect start with a 47th minute goal. Debinha sliced her way through the Argentina defense and hit her shot inside the penalty area. Adriana, who won the first-half penalty, scored less than 10 minutes later.

Argentina did find some momentum, though, with Kansas City signing Mariana Larroquette scoring in the 60th minute. However, Brazil put the final nail in the coffin with a screamer from Geyse in the 82nd minute, to seal the deal and the three points.

Brazil takes on the United States on Sunday, while Argentina faces off with Canada.

SheBelieves Cup Table

2021 SheBelieves Cup Tournament

Brazil 1 0 0 1 3 3
United States 1 0 0 0 1 3
Canada 0 0 1 1 -1 0
Argentina 0 0 1 4 -3 0



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