Canada advances in FIFA Women's World Cup, will play at BC Place this Sunday

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Canada remained unbeaten after a 1-1 draw against the Netherlands in their final game of the group stage.

After narrowly beating China 1-0 in the tournament opener and a disappointing 0-0 draw to New Zealand in their second game, the pressure was on the Canadian women against the Netherlands in their final round robin game. And for the most part, they delivered.

Canada had a strong showing against the Dutch, with Ashley Lawrence finding the back of the net in the 10th minute. The game stayed 1-0 until the 87th minute when Kirsten Van De Ven scored the equalizer. Van De Ven was also responsible for knocking Sophie Schmidt out of the game 6 minutes earlier in a nasty collision that warranted a yellow card.

Image: fifa.com

Image: fifa.com

While a draw against the lower ranked Dutch should come with some disappointment, it is hard to critique an unbeaten team in a competitive group.

With 5 points, Canada has won Group A and will play their Round of 16 game this Sunday at BC Place Stadium. The game will start at 4:30 pm against the third place team from either Group C, D or E.

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