Canada revives its World Cup hopes with win over Ireland

The Canadian women’s team came from behind to earn a vital victory on Wednesday in Perth, eliminating the Irish in the process.

Canada revives its World Cup hopes with win over Ireland
  • Canada 2 (Connolly OG 45’+5’; Leon 53’), Republic of Ireland 1 (McCabe 4’)
  • Leon scored her 1st World Cup goal, 29th in 98 games for Canada
  • Sinclair started on bench for 1st time in 23 World Cup appearances

The Canadian women’s team’s campaign at the FIFA World Cup is back on track after a gutsy, come-from-behind win on Wednesday.

The Olympic champions overcame a disastrous opening 45 minutes with a masterful second-half display following a game-changing triple substitution to earn a 2-1 victory over the Republic of Ireland on a rainy night at Perth Rectangular Stadium.

Canada went down 1-0 inside the opening four minutes, and then was given a lifeline with an own-goal in first-half injury time, before Adrian Leon scored the winner with her first career World Cup goal.

This wasn’t a must-win situation for Canada, but after a hugely disappointing 0-0 draw vs. Nigeria last week it badly needed three points in order to revive its hopes of qualifying for the knockout round.