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Dutch deny Canada victory
 Women's Football News 16 Jun 2015
 
Canada 1 (Lawrence 10) Holland 1 (van de Ven 87)
Canada are the winners of Group A but needed to withstand an anxious last few minutes following a late equaliser from Holland, who should join them in the last sixteen. 
 
In front of a crowd of over 45,000 at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Canada started the game strongly with an early looping header from Sophie Schmidt hitting the bar, but the host nation did not have to wait too long before they broke the deadlock.
 
With ten minutes on the clock, Christine Sinclair's lay off set up a chance for Schmidt whose first time shot was blocked by Mandy van den Berg but only as far as Ashley Lawrence who slotted home the rebound.
 
Lawrence went close to scoring a second shortly afterwards with a low drive that skimmed just wide of the post. Canada coach John Herdman had made three changes to his starting line up, handing a place to 17-year-old Jessie Fleming and the young striker acquitted herself well, sending a couple of efforts off target.
 
Nevertheless things remained tight with few clear cut chances at either end, the best coming when Manon Melis crossed for Danielle van de Donk who miscontrolled in front of goal, meaning that Canada took their one-goal lead into the break.
 
Fleming was just wide with a strike from the edge of the area at the start of the second half after she had been found by Sinclair. Holland were starting to grow as an attacking force though and had strong claims for a penalty turned down when Melis looked to have been felled in the area by a sliding challenge from Allysha Chapman.
 
The pace of Melis was a constant threat to the Canadian defence throughout the second half and the striker was denied by the legs of Erin McLeod after she bore down on goal from Lieke Martens' pass.
 
Holland's late pressure was to bring reward though, with three minutes remaining. Almost inevitably, Melis was involved after Martens had battled through a challenge and sent her away, this time Melis teed up Kirsten van de Ven on the edge of the area where the substitute took a touch and steadied herself before burying her shot past McLeod for a valuable equaliser. 
 
Canada: Erin McLeod, Josee Belanger, Allysha Chapman, Carmelina Moscato, Kadeisha Buchanan, Kaylyn Kyle (sub Melissa Tancredi 61mins), Sophie Schmidt (sub Rhian Wilkinson 81mins), Jessie Fleming (sub Desiree Scott 61mins), Adriana Leon, Christine Sinclair, Ashley Lawrence.

Holland: Loes Geurts, Desiree van Lunteren (sub Dominique Janssen 13mins), Stefanie van der Gragt, Mandy van den Berg, Merel van Dongen, Anouk Dekker, Manon Melis, Sherida Spitse, Vivianne Miedema, Danielle van de Donk (sub Kirsten van de Ven 72mins), Lieke Martens.
 
 
Player of the match: Manon Melis. 
 
 GROUP A   P   W   D   L  F   A   Pts 
 CANADA   3   1   2   0   2   1   5 
 CHINA   3   1   1   1   3   3   4 
 HOLLAND   3   1   1   1   2   2   4 
 NEW ZEALAND   3   0   2   1   2   3   2 


 
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