• Tuesday Nov 04, 2008

    Canada claims quarterfinal berth at U-17 Women's World Cup with 0:0 draw against Denmark

    HAMILTON, New Zealand - Canada advanced to the quarterfinals of the U-17 Women's World Cup on Tuesday, overcoming the loss of striker Tiffany Cameron midway through the first half to hold Denmark to a 0:0 draw.

    Goalkeeper Genevieve Richard earned her second shutout in three games to earn the Canadians a Saturday meeting against European champion Germany in Wellington. The result also earned Denmark a quarterfinal berth, setting up a match with Korea DPR.

    In other games involving CONCACAF teams, Costa Rica was beaten 1:0 by Ghana, leaving the tournament with its third loss in as many games.

    Richard preserved Canada's draw with a leaping save to deny Linette Andreasen's 20-yard effort in the first half. Karli Hedlund had Canada's best chance off a corner kick in the 32nd minute, but her shot struck the crossbar.

    "I thought we were unlucky not to at least get a goal tonight," Canada coach Bryan Rosenfeld said. "I'm proud of the way the girls carried out our game plan in what was a very tight game. It's been a very tight group, a good group, and we're delighted to be through."

    The results finished both teams with five points, but earned Denmark the top spot from Group A on goals scored.

    In an earlier game, Costa Rica surrendered a goal to Deborah Afriyie in the 19th minute, enabling Ghana to claim its first victory in the tournament. Costa already had been eliminated, and Tuesday's 1:1 draw between Germany and Korea DPR similarly sent Ghana home.

    Goalkeeper Priscilla Tapia made several saves to keep the game close, despite Costa Rica being outshot by Ghana 29-3.

    "I didn't expect this World Cup to be quite so hard," Costa Rica coach Juan Quesada said. "I knew it would be different from the CONCACAF tournament, but it was really hard for the girls. The other teams in this tournament were physically much stronger than us, so we will really need to work on the physical aspects of our play in future, but I still place a special emphasis on technical work too."

    The United States will try to become the second team from CONCACAF to claim a quarterfinal berth, needing only a draw against France on Wednesday to advance.

    In the only other game Tuesday, already eliminated host New Zealand won its first game, 3:1 over Colombia.

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