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GB get top spot
 Women's Football FIFA News - 28 Jul 2021
Canada 1 (Leon 55) Great Britain 1 (Prince og 84)
Great Britain picked up the point they needed to finish on top of Group E in the Olympic Games when a deflected shot from Caroline Weir gave them a draw against Canada in their final group game.
Hege Riise's side can now look forward to a quarter final against Australia whilst the Canadians, who finish in second place, will take on Brazil. Both matches will take place on Friday.
Great Britain once again rang the changes in their starting line up with Jill Scott making her first full appearance of the tournament and Sophie Ingle this time wearing the armband.
The game started in good pace, Evelyne Viens drilling an early shot just wide for Canada whilst Georgia Stanway and Weir had efforts blocked at the other end. Canada were troubling the Great Britain defence with their pace in the opening stages but as the game settled down, chances became fewer for both sides.
Weir forced a save from Stephanie Labbe with a strike from the edge of the area but neither goalkeeper had been seriously troubled during the first half, which finished with the scoreline goalless.
Ten minutes into the second half, Canada broke the deadlock as Ashley Lawrence made a strong run down the left, unchallenged before pulling the ball across goal for Adriana Leon to fire a powerful shot past Ellie Roebuck and into the top corner to put her side ahead.
Great Britain responded by bringing on Kim Little and Ellen White and this gave them greater impetus going forward, Little quickly being involved as she fed Weir who was unlucky to see her shot come back off the bar.
Stanway twice fired off target and White shot straight at Labbe as GB continued to gain momentum and it brought reward with six minutes remaining, albeit with a large slice of fortune. Lucy Bronze found Weir around 25 yards from goal and the Scottish midfielder unleashed a shot which took a huge deflection off Nichelle Prince and bounced past a wrong footed Labbe into the net for the equaliser.
GB were able to take the sting out of the game in the last few minutes and were never troubled from that point, giving them the point they required to guarantee themselves as group winners.
Canada: Stephanie Labbe, Jayde Riviere, Kadeisha Buchanan, Vanessa Gilles, Quinn (sub Julia Grosso 67mins), Deanne Rose (sub Jordyn Huitema 45mins), Evelyne Viens (sub Nichelle Prince 54mins), Sophie Schmidt, Adriana Leon, Ashley Lawrence (sub Gabrielle Carle 80mins), Janine Beckie (sub Jessie Fleming 45mins). Subs not used: Shelina Zadorsky, Kailen Sheridan.
Great Britain: Ellie Roebuck, Lucy Bronze, Demi Stokes, Millie Bright, Leah Williamson, Sophie Ingle (sub Fran Kirby 77mins), Nikita Parris (sub Rachel Daly 76mins), Jill Scott (sub Kim Little 63mins), Georgia Stanway, Rachel Daly (sub Ellen White 63mins), Caroline Weir. Subs not used: Steph Houghton, Ella Toone, Lotte Wubben-Moy, Sandy MacIver.


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