Canada wrapped up the group phase at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup New Zealand 2008 with a 0:0 draw against Denmark . The scoreless match was played on Tuesday night at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton .
Karli Hedlund had Canada ‘s best scoring opportunity in the 32nd minute, but her shot could not beat the crossbar. The play came off one of six Canadian corner kicks in the match.
“We were hoping to win – we always play to win,” said coach Bryan Rosenfeld. “I thought we were unlucky not to at least get a goal tonight. I’m proud of the way the girls carried out our game plan in what was a very tight game.”
Canada ‘s third match was much less physical than its previous two. Canada was called for only five fouls while Denmark was called for six.
Canada ‘s goalkeeper Geneviève Richard posted her second clean sheet in three games. Her biggest save came in the first half on Denmark ‘s Linette Andreasen. Richard made five saves in the match.
At the other end of the pitch, Canada fired eight total shots, five of which needed to be stopped by Danish goalkeeper Lene Gissel. Canada dominated the second half, but could not score.
For the first time at New Zealand 2008, Bryan Rosenfeld made a change to his starting lineup. It was Edmonton ‘s Danica Wu that replaced Amy Harrison in the starting XI. Rosenfeld’s three substitutions were Julia Ignacio for injured Tiffany Cameron in the 28th minute, Alyscha Mottershead for captain Bryanna McCarthy in the 60th minute, and Harrison for Caroline Szwed in the 84th minute.
After Cameron’s injury, Rachel Lamarre moved up front to forward while Ignacio played at midfield. Lamarre, who scored Canada ‘s first goal of the tournament against New Zealand , was the most dangerous player in the second half.
The Tuesday match was the first-ever meeting between Canada and Denmark ‘s U-17 women’s teams. At the U-20 level, Canada won the only previous match 3:2 at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Edmonton . At the senior level, Canada and Denmark have each won two of four encounters.
“It’s been a very tight group, a good group,” said coach Rosenfeld. “We’re delighted to be through.”
By finishing second in Group A, Canada had advanced to the quarter-final stage of the inaugural FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. It will face Germany on Saturday 8 November at Wellington Stadium in Wellington . The match kicks off at 16.00 local time, which back home in Canada translates to Friday 7 November at 22.00 ET or 19.00 PT. The match will be streamed live on CBCSports.ca.