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Canada’s 2019 World Cup journey comes to an end

Sweden celebrates their goal in the round of 16 game against Canada. (Photo courtesy: Francisco Seco.)

After a 1-0 loss to Sweden, Canada’s World Cup journey came to an end.

Fifth-ranked Canada, who missed a penalty shot that gave them a chance to tie the game, was expected to go further than the round of 16. 

Although Canada had 61 per cent of possession in the first half, they failed to record a shot.

Stina Blackstenius got the goal for Sweden in the 55th minute, finishing off a cross from teammate Kosovare Assllanni that Canadian defender Shelina Zadorsky and goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe couldn’t get to in time.

Not long after, Sweden committed a hand ball in their own penalty box. Janine Beckie’s penalty kick was well aimed, but Swedish goalie Hedvig Lindahl dove in the right direction to make a spectacular save.

Canada entered the game with a 5-13-4 record against Sweden and have been outscored by them 42-24. The Canadians just barely won in their last game against them in March at the Algarve Cup. The game resulted in a 6-5 penalty shootout.

The round of 16 wasn’t the only disappointing loss for Canada. The team had also hoped to defeat the eighth-ranked Netherlands in the group stage, but lost 2-1. A win would have put them up against Japan in the round of 16.

The round of 16 provided opportunity for a reunion for the Rio Olympic medalists, as Germany (gold) awaited the winner of Sweden (silver) and Canada’s (bronze) match. Germany will play Sweden on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET in the quarterfinals.

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