Head coach John Herdman (pictured) has the Canada women's national team off to a 4W-1D-1L start in 2017. (Photo courtesy of Canada Soccer)
TRELLEBORG, Sweden – The Canada women’s national soccer team opened its two-match tour of Europe with a 1-0 win over host Sweden on Thursday at the Vangavallen.
Janine Beckie scored the game’s only in the 34th minute off an assist from Christine Sinclair.
“It’s a great result to beat Sweden, in Sweden,” said Canada head coach John Herdman. “We knew it was going to be a tough game, but I think the team played very well. We came out strong in the first half, and the second half was all about game-management - when you are a goal up at halftime, our job is to ensure we come away with the points."
Canada had several strong chances, with Sweden goalkeeper Hedvig Lidahl thwarting Sophie Schmidt’s scorching effort.
“It was a real team performance tonight,” Herdman praised. “It was arguably some of the best possession play I’ve seen from our team. We’ve been working on that as a team and have made it our intent to move forward in that space. I’m proud of what they put out there tonight against a really physical Sweden team.”
Next up for the Canadians is a meeting on April 9 at top-ranked Germany in Erfurt, Germany.
“Coming out of this match the team will be a bit bruised and battered, but we knew how physical it would be,” finished Herdman. “We will be focusing on recovery and we’ll be fresh and ready for Germany on Sunday.”