Canada is on the verge of advancing to the quarterfinals of the International Soccer Federation (FIFA) Under-17 women’s tournament in Azerbaijan.
Summer Clarke’s 51st minute goal was the difference in Canada’s 1-0 victory over Colombia last Tuesday.
The national side dominated the game, missing several scoring chances against the Colombians, who shut out the host country 4-0 in their opening match.
Assistant coach Linda Hawthorne praised Canada’s performance.
“You can’t be upset when you win,” she said. “It’s true that we had many other chances to score, but the team’s performance was great. They played really well and I think it was a good match.”
It was Canada’s second straight win in as many matches following a 1-0 victory over Nigeria last weekend.
Amandine Pierre-Louis scored the game’s lone goal.
Canada will meet Azerbaijan in its final group contest on Saturday. The top two teams from the four groups with qualify for the quarterfinals.
And the draw has been made for this year’s Club World Cup championship to be held from December 6 to December 16 in Japan. The tournament involves six continental champions and the host country’s league winner.
The tournament begins with a playoff between Oceania champions Auckland City and the J-League title holder. The winner advances to a quarterfinal against the African League winner for the right to play Corinthians of Brazil.
Corinthians and England champions Chelsea have byes to the semi-finals.
In the other quarterfinal, Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Associations of Soccer (CONCACAF) champion Monterrey will play the Asian Champions League winner, which will be determined in November.
FIFA will use the Club World Cup to test goal-line technology at stadiums in Yokohama and Toyota.
BY RON FANFAIR