Canada, France play hard-fought draw in U-17 Women's WC

Canadians scored first in the 67th minute; France equalised in 73rd
The Canadian girls exult after the first goal.
The Canadian girls exult after the first goal.

Canada and France played a draw in the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in their group D encounter at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in Fatorda on Wednesday.

Substitute Annabelle Chukwu was on target for Canada in the 67th minute in its opening match of the tournament.

France, which won the tournament in 2012, drew in the 73rdminute with a goal from Lucie Calba.

Both teams missed chances early in the game, with Canadian goalkeeper Coralie Lallier forced to make a save in the first 30 seconds and Canada surviving a goalmouth scramble in the seventh.

At the other end, Amanda Allen hit the crossbar in the 20th minute after pouncing on a short French back pass to the goalkeeper.

The game in action.
The game in action.

Anna Hauer set up the Canada goal with a through ball to Chukwu, who sidestepped the French goalkeeper and slotted the ball home. France tied it up in the 73rd on an acrobatic header by Calba.

The Canadians will now take on 2014 champion Japan on Saturday at Fatorda, before wrapping up Group D play on October 18 against debutante Tanzania in Navi Mumbai.

Canada qualified by virtue of a 3-0 victory over Puerto Rico in the third-place game at the CONCACAF Women's Under-17 Championship in May in the Dominican Republic.

Canada has taken part in seven editions of the U-17 Women's World Cup, highlighted by the fourth-place finish in 2018 in Uruguay where it downed Germany 1-0 in the quarterfinals before falling 1-0 to Mexico in the semifinal. Canada then lost 2-1 to New Zealand in the third-place game.

The French girls did not have it easy with the Canadian team.
The French girls did not have it easy with the Canadian team.

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