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Canada lost 2-1 to Norway in the second day of Group C play at FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup.

Thursday August 23, 2012Canada Drops 2-1 Decision to Norway in FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Play

KOBE, Japan -

Canada lost 2-1 to Norway in the second day of Group C play at FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup.

Canada lost 2-1 to Norway Thursday in the second day of Group C play at the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Kobe, Japan. Incoming junior striker Adriana Leon was again part of Canada’s starting lineup on Thursday, playing the entirety of the match.

Canada’s Jenna Richardson put Canada on top with a goal in the 44th minute. Norway’s Ada Hegerberg tied the match in the 52nd minute and then her sister, Andrine, put Norway ahead with a 25-yard strike in the 79th minute.

Canada and Norway are now tie for second in the Group C standings at three points each while Korea DPR moves into first place with six points. Canada stands ahead of Norway in the standings based on goal differential.

In the other Group C match played Thursday, North Korea won 9-0 to eliminate Argentina. Both Group C matches were played in Kobe, Japan. Canada will next face North Korea on Monday in Saitama, Japan. The possibility remains that Canada, North Korea and Norway could all finish tied at six points should Canada and Norway win the group finales on Monday. 

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Leon, who scored three goals in Canada’s opening win versus Argentina, transferred to Florida for this season after playing her first two collegiate seasons at Notre Dame. It was Leon who scored the only goal of the 2010 NCAA College Cup championship match to give the Fighting Irish their third national crown with a 1-0 win over Stanford. As a freshman, she was fifth on the ND team with four goals, two assists for 10 points and ranked second among the Irish in 2011 with six goals, five assists for 17 points.

Canada is among the four teams in Group C. Canada’s group play schedule is as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

Date         

Opponent

Site

Result

 

Aug. 20

Argentina

Kobe, Japan

W, 6-0

 

Aug. 23

Norway

Kobe, Japan

L, 2-1

 

Aug. 27

North Korea

Saitama, Japan

 

 

 

The top two teams in each of the four groups advance to the quarterfinals, which begin Aug. 30. Semifinal play is set for Sept. 4 and the final is Sept. 8.

 

 

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