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Recap & Highlights: Canada’s SheBelieves Cup ends with 2-0 loss to Brazil

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Debinha and Julia got the better of Canada on matchday three of three at the SheBelieves Cup

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Brazil’s Julia celebrates her goal against Canada on February 24, 2021
Photo by GREGG NEWTON/AFP via Getty Images

Canada’s run at the 2021 SheBelieves Cup ended on Wednesday with a 2-0 loss to Brazil.

Despite looking like the better team in the opening 10 minutes, Canada would concede the opening goal in the 14th minute. After running onto a pass, Adriana slid the ball under Stephanie Labbé. Her shot struck the inside of the post and rolled back across the six-yard box where Debinha tapped it home from close range.

Canada continued to put the pressure on their opponents, but it was the team wearing blue who would double their lead in the 39th minute. Brazil overloaded the box and Canada was unable to get rid of the ball, and after it bounced around a bit, it fell to Julia. She floated a perfect shot into the top corner to make it 2-0.

Canada’s best chance of the first half came in the 42nd minute. Brazilian goalkeeper Bárbara rushed out of her box to get to the ball, but Nichelle Prince picked off a pass. She had a wide-open goal to shoot at from outside the box, but hesitated slightly, and couldn’t get a good shot off. Her effort was pushed aside for a corner.

The story of the second half was a lot like the first half, and the tournament as a whole, for Canada. They controlled a lot of the ball, but couldn’t do anything with it. Janine Beckie was continuing to fire in dangerous crosses, but nobody was there to meet them.

Canada didn’t score a goal from open play in this tournament, with the only goal coming from Sarah Stratigakis’ late winner off a free kick against Argentina.

Adriana Leon, something of a super-sub for Canada, replaced Deanne Rose in the 65th minute and made an immediate impact — running at defenders and creating chances, but like her teammates, failed to take advantage of one. Her best chance came in the 71st minute, as she just couldn’t stretch far enough to redirect home a cross from Beckie.

Canada’s best chance of the second 45’ came in the 84th minute, as Shelina Zadorsky nearly fired the ball home while sitting down. After Beckie sent a cross in from the left side, Zadorsky’s first effort came back off the post before she stretched out from the ground and managed to get a shot off from close range — but a Brazilian defender cleared it off the line.

From there, Brazil saw out the last few minutes and sealed the 2-0 win.

Canada finishes the SheBelieves Cup with a 1-0-2 record after losing to the United States, beating Argentina and losing to Brazil.

Their next scheduled game is on April 13th as they take on England in a pre-Olympic friendly. That game will be available on OneSoccer, but kickoff time is yet to be announced.