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England 1 (Sanderson 67) Canada 0
England won the Cyprus Cup for a third time courtesy of Lianne Sanderson's second half goal against Canada.
The Three Lions' previous two wins in the final of this competition, in 2009 and 2013, came at the expense of the Canadians and Sanderson's cool finish made it a hat-trick of victories over the World Cup hosts.
It was the only goal John Herdman's side conceded in this year's competition, and it consigned them to their first defeat in ten matches.
There were nine changes from that draw with the Dutch with only Alex Greenwood and Jordan Nobbs, who captained England for the first time, keeping their place. There was a first England appearance in two and a half years for Chelsea left-back Claire Rafferty following her comeback from a third ACL injury.
After a tense start, the game opened up as both goalkeepers were called into action. Manchester City midfielder Jill Scott forced Erin McLeod to tip her side-footed shot over the bar, while Arsenal stopper Siobhan Chamberlain got down smartly to save Christine Sinclair's low effort from 12 yards.
The irrepressible Sinclair was the focal point of Canada's attacking play and she might have done better than head wide a cross from Adriana Leon, who replaced Melissa Tancredi midway through the first half.
The game's only true moment of quality came on 67 minutes when Sanderson finished off a tidy England move. Greenwood and Rafferty cleared up at the back and the latter played the ball out wide to Nobbs. The skipper's ball forward was flicked on by Jodie Taylor and the Arsenal striker Sanderson raced on to it, advanced into the area and curled a fine finish beyond McLeod for her second goal of the tournament.
In truth, it was a rare moment of brilliance in an otherwise uneventful contest, but it will matter not to Sampson, who, on the eve of the competition, challenged his side to "win every match" in the build-up to the World Cup.
Canada left-back Allysha Chapman almost equalised in the fifth minute of added time, but Chamberlain produced a wonderful save high to her left to secure the Cyprus Cup for a third time.
England: Siobhan Chamberlain, Alex Scott, Claire Rafferty (sub Gemma Bonner 68mins), Fara Williams, Laura Bassett, Alex Greenwood, Jordan Nobbs, Jill Scott (sub Katie Chapman 68mins), Jodie Taylor (sub Jade Moore 88mins), Lianne Sanderson, Karen Carney (sub Fran Kirby 90mins).
Canada: Erin McLeod, Kadeisha Buchanan, Rhian Wilkinson, Josee Belanger (sub Janine Beckie 76mins), Desiree Scott, Christine Sinclair, Sophie Schmidt, Melissa Tancredi (sub Adriana Leon 26mins), Allysha Chapman, Ashley Lawrence (sub Jessie Fleming 67mins), Rebecca Quinn (sub Carmelina Moscato 67mins).
(Report by www.TheFA.com)
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