Canadian women extend World Cup win over Morocco

Canada defeated Morocco in a friendly soccer match in Spain

JERUS DE LA FRONTERA, Spain – Despite missing captain Christian Sinclair and other veterans to injury, Canada coach Beau Priestman has two wins and some young players up his sleeve in October’s FIFA international window.

Evelyn Wiens scored one goal and set up two others as Canada beat Morocco 4-0 in a women’s soccer friendly on Monday, followed by a 2-0 win over Argentina on Friday. Victory later.

Canadian coach Beau Priestman said: “It’s a lot more interesting as a coach when you look at your bench – who starts, who finishes, you know that the whole team has a part in the success. “

Jessie Fleming, Janine Becky and Clarissa Larsey had Canada’s other goals at the Estadio Mayor de Chapin. Veteran Sophie Schmidt, earning her 216th cap, provided an attacking spark from the bench.

Wiens, 25, scored her third goal in her 12th appearance for Canada and was a threat throughout the game.

“She looks like she’s enjoying herself instead of carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders – I just asked her to relax and do what she does at the club. And indeed She’s done it. Happy for her,” Priestman said of Wiens, who plays for Sweden’s Kristianstads DFF.

The 23-year-old Larsey opened his high score account for the third time.

And chose a pair of 19-year-olds. Jade Rose started at center and looked calm and composed while midfielder Sammy Ojo impressed from the bench.

However, it takes some time to go.

Morocco, ranked 76th in the world, proved to be a tough opponent to beat. The seventh-seeded Canadians had 73 percent of the possession in the first half but scored three goals with Fleming on target in just the 24th minute.

“The first half I was really disappointed … the second half, I liked the response,” Priestman said.

“It’s never an easy international match,” she added. “These teams are resilient and they will do everything they can to try and make your life difficult in these games – at the end of the day it will be 4-0. In 90 minutes. I wish we could repeat that first half performance. Get it.

The Atlas Lyonesses, going to the World Cup for the first time, went as runners-up to South Africa in the Women’s African Cup in July.

Canada beat No. 31 Argentina on Friday in Sanlucar de Barrameda, Spain, with Argentina scoring an own goal in the 68th minute and a goal by substitute Chloe Lacasse in the 87th minute. Morocco beat No. 32 Poland 4-0 in Seville, Spain last Thursday.

Priestman made six changes to her starting lineup by inserting goalkeeper Sabrina D’Angelo, Desiree Scott, Jade Rose, Wiens, Lacasse and Quinn to go with one name. The starting XI has 730 caps with 416 coming from Scott, Fleming and Kadisha Buchanan.

Scott earned his 184th cap, taking over from Fleming as captain.

In addition to Sinclair, Canada was without the injured Ashley Lawrence, Vanessa Gilles, Dean Rose, Gabriel Carl and Jade Royer. Elisha Chapman was injured in Argentina’s physical game.

Morocco hung back in an effective defensive block, looking for a counter-attack. The Canadians had more of the ball but struggled to generate offense early in the contest.

That changed in the 24th minute when a poor clearance by Moroccan goalkeeper Khadijah Ayer-Ramichi was stopped by an opportunistic Wiens, who found a quick Fleming in the penalty box. The Chelsea midfielder went past defender Nohela Benzina and beat Aer-Ramchi for his 19th goal in 109 international appearances.

Wiens doubled the lead in the 54th minute, lofting the ball home for his third international goal. The play came from a Canadian corner that was initially cleared but only as far as Schmidt, who sent a fine cross back into the penalty box.

A minute later, Schmidt hit the crossbar with a header from another corner. Er-Ramchi hit a hard Prince shot from the edge of the penalty box in the 80th minute.

Priestman sent on Shelina Zadorski, Nikhil Prince and Schmidt to start the second half. Quinn, who apparently favored the leg, was one of the players who was replaced.

Ojo, Laresse and Zoe Burns followed from the bench as the game wore on.

The Moroccan’s long-range shot, her only attempt on target, was saved by D’Angelo after a conversion by Schmidt in the 48th minute.

Becky made it 3-0 in the 84th after a good feed from Schmidt. With no defender pressure, Becky had time to pick her spot, hitting the ball off the far post for her 36th goal in 98 appearances for Canada.

Laresse scored in the 90th minute with a penalty kick from Wiens. A quick Ari-Ramchi intercepted the ball early but it bounced back to Larsey who headed home for Canada’s first goal.

With its fourth straight win, Olympic champion Canada improved to 10-2-3 this year after defeating the United States, 1-0 in the CONCACAF W Championship final in July and Spain, 1-0. In the Arnold Clark Cup. February.

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