Canadian women fall to Chile
Diana Matheson (right) in action for Canada against Chile in the Torneio Internacional on December 15, 2013, in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo courtesy of the Canadian Soccer Association)


BRASILIA, Brazil – Canada fell to Chile 1-0 on Sunday in the Torneio Internacional women’s competition at the Estadio Mane Garrincha.

Yanara Aedo scored the game’s only goal in the 40th minute, heading a Francisca Lara free kick past goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe.

The Canadians made five changes to a line-up that opened on Thursday with a 2-0 win over Scotland and started teenagers Kadeisha Buchanan and Sura Yekka in defense.

“The girls played with pride and passion but the ball just wasn’t going to go into the net,” said head coach John Herdman. “Chile scored off a set-piece and we knew that it was going to be a potential threat and we got our pockets picked tonight and thank God it’s not the World Cup.” 

Adriana Leon had Canada’s best chance in the second half, but her goal-bound effort was cleared off the line.

The match also marked the international debut of midfielder Jessie Fleming.  The dynamic 15-year-old, who was named winner of the Golden Ball at last month’s CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship, entered the match as a 72nd minute substitute for Brittany Baxter Timko.

Canada needs to beat host Brazil on Wednesday to earn a berth in the tournament’s final on December 22.