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Jun 7, 2015

Soccer-Canada, Dutch win openers but fans the big winners

EDMONTON, June 6 (Reuters) – Canada scored a heart-stopping injury time win over China to kick off the Women’s World Cup on Saturday as the spotlight returned to action on the field after a deflating week of scandal away from the pitch.

Christine Sinclair sent a capacity crowd at a sun-kissed Commonwealth Stadium home happy by slotting the winning spot kick in a 1-0 victory over China.

Jun 7, 2015

Netherlands edge New Zealand in World Cup debut

EDMONTON (Reuters) – The Netherlands made a winning women’s World Cup debut beating New Zealand 1-0 on Saturday to leave the frustrated Football Ferns still searching for their elusive first success on soccer’s biggest stage.

Playing in their fourth World Cup, New Zealand were again denied a maiden victory when Lieke Martens’ 33rd minute curling strike from outside the area sailed past the outstretched arms of Erin Nayler.

Jun 7, 2015

Soccer-Netherlands edge New Zealand in World Cup debut

EDMONTON, June 6 (Reuters) – The Netherlands made a winning women’s World Cup debut beating New Zealand 1-0 on Saturday to leave the frustrated Football Ferns still searching for their elusive first success on soccer’s biggest stage.

Playing in their fourth World Cup, New Zealand were again denied a maiden victory when Lieke Martens’ 33rd minute curling strike from outside the area sailed past the outstretched arms of Erin Nayler.

Jun 7, 2015

Sinclair saves the day for Canada with late winner

EDMONTON (Reuters) – An injury time goal by Christine Sinclair from the penalty spot lifted Canada to a nail-biting 1-0 win over China on Saturday to get the Women’s World Cup off to an electrifying start.

Canada coach John Herdman had declared on the eve of the opener anything less than victory would be a disappointment and Sinclair made sure the capacity crowd of 53,058 went home happy when she coolly slotted home a low shot to the right corner.

Jun 7, 2015

Soccer-Sinclair saves the day for Canada with late winner

EDMONTON, June 6 (Reuters) – An injury time goal by Christine Sinclair from the penalty spot lifted Canada to a nail-biting 1-0 win over China on Saturday to get the Women’s World Cup off to an electrifying start.

Canada coach John Herdman had declared on the eve of the opener anything less than victory would be a disappointment and Sinclair made sure the capacity crowd of 53,058 went home happy when she coolly slotted home a low shot to the right corner.

Jun 6, 2015

New Zealand and Netherlands clash for first World Cup win

EDMONTON (Reuters) – Canada and China will provide the main event when they kickoff the Women’s World Cup on Saturday but the Netherlands and New Zealand will provide an intriguing nightcap to opening day.

For New Zealand it will be their fourth World Cup but arrive in the Alberta capital searching for a first win on the sport’s biggest stage.

Jun 6, 2015

Soccer-New Zealand and Netherlands clash for first World Cup win

EDMONTON, June 5 (Reuters) – Canada and China will provide the main event when they kickoff the Women’s World Cup on Saturday but the Netherlands and New Zealand will provide an intriguing nightcap to opening day.

For New Zealand it will be their fourth World Cup but arrive in the Alberta capital searching for a first win on the sport’s biggest stage.

Jun 6, 2015

Focus on field with Canada, China set for Cup opener

EDMONTON (Reuters) – Nearly all the tickets have been sold and all the boxes ticked as Canada wrapped up their final training session on Friday, declaring the team ready to take on China in the opening match of the Women’s World Cup.

After a week of being grilled about the corruption and bribery scandal that has rocked world soccer, talk finally turned to the pitch and Saturday’s opener with a bullish Canadian coach John Herdman setting a lofty target.

Jun 5, 2015

Soccer-Focus on field with Canada, China set for Cup opener

EDMONTON, June 5 (Reuters) – Nearly all the tickets have been sold and all the boxes ticked as Canada wrapped up their final training session on Friday, declaring the team ready to take on China in the opening match of the Women’s World Cup.

After a week of being grilled about the corruption and bribery scandal that has rocked world soccer, talk finally turned to the pitch and Saturday’s opener with a bullish Canadian coach John Herdman setting a lofty target.

Jun 5, 2015

Soccer-FIFA crisis worse than anything in Olympics scandal -Dick Pound

June 5 (Reuters) – Canadian lawyer Dick Pound, who headed the investigation to clean up the International Olympic Committee after the 2002 Salt Lake City winter games corruption scandal, said on Friday that the FIFA crisis was worse than anything the IOC faced.

“I think it is deeper rooted and it is far more serious,” Pound said in a telephone interview. “You are talking about corruption, bribes, money laundering, all sorts of stuff.”