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Women's World Cup: Canada 1-0 Cameroon

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Women's World Cup 2019: Canada beat Cameroon 1-0 in the first game of Group E
A header by Kadeisha Buchanan, voted best young player at the 2015 Women's World Cup, ensured Canada opened their 2019 campaign with a win over Cameroon.The defender, who plays club football in France for Lyon, struck from a corner at the end of the first half to give Canada a 1-0 win in Montpellier. Cameroon, one of the lowest ranked teams at the tournament, went close through Claudine Meffometou's header.
Canada's Nichelle Prince hit the post with a deflected shot at 0-0.
Canada's Sinclair eyes record
Relive the action from Montpellier
Although the opening game in Group E lacked clear-cut chances, Canada did enough to go top before rivals New Zealand and the Netherlands meet on Tuesday in Le Havre (14:00 BST)."You could sense some nervousness but that's because this means so much for the players," said Canada's boss Kenneth Heiner-Moller."We knew it was going to be a battle and Cameroon were a hard team to play, especially when they were sitting that deep."All eyes were on Canada's captain Christine Sinclair, who is four goals away from becoming the outright all-time leading scorer in men's and women's international football.Sinclair, who turns 36 on Wednesday, went close with an early deflected header while Meffometou cleared off the line after the ball bounced off the veteran Canada player's knee and rolled towards the net in the closing stages.However, Sinclair remains on 181 goals for her country - three short of record holder Abby Wambach, the retired United States World Cup-winning striker.
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Claudine Meffometou went closest to equalising for CameroonThe winning goal came after a perfectly timed run into the six-yard area by 23-year-old defender Buchanan, who now has four goals in 89 appearances for Canada."We got the nerves out in this game," said Buchanan."For sure we are going to come back stronger for the next game and keep the momentum going. We will be better."Cameroon, who appointed Alain Djeumfa as manager in January after sacking Joseph Ndoko, worked hard but with the exception of Meffometou's header, rarely looked like equalising and managed just 207 passes compared to Canada's 580."We were up against a good team and found ourselves in sticky situations," said Cameroon boss Djeumfa. "I'm very happy with the way we played but Canada are a more mature team."One worry for Canada coach Heiner-Moller, however, is his side's lack of goals. Despite victory, Canada have not scored more than once in their last nine World Cup matches.
A first for Buchanan - the stats
Kadeisha Buchanan's winner for Canada was her first goal at the Women's World Cup in what was her sixth appearance in the competition.
Three of the five goals Cameroon have conceded in the Women's World Cup have come from corners.
At 35 years and 363 days, Christine Sinclair became the oldest player to represent Canada at the Women's World Cup.
Cameroon registered just 26.3% possession. Since the start of the 2011 tournament, only Ecuador against Switzerland (25.4%) have had less possession in a Women's World Cup game.
Line-ups
Match Stats
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Line-ups
Canada
1Labbe
10Lawrence
3Buchanan
4Zadorsky
2Chapman
15PrinceSubstituted forRoseat 75'minutes
11Scott
13Schmidt
16Beckie
12Sinclair
17Fleming
Substitutes
5Quinn
6Rose
7Grosso
8Riviere
9Huitema
14Carle
18Sheridan
19Leon
20Woeller
21D'Angelo
22Agnew
23Hellstrom
Cameroon
1Ngo Ndom
12Meffometou
11Awona
2Manie
6Johnson
4Leuko
3NchoutSubstituted forAkabaat 67'minutes
8Feudjio
10YangoSubstituted forMeyong Meneneat 82'minutes
7Onguene
19Ngo NdoumboukBooked at 37mins[/i]Substituted forEnganamouitat 68'minutesBooked at 74mins[/i]
Substitutes
5Ejangue
9Ngono Mani
13Meyong Menene
14Abena
15Sonkeng
16Mambingo
17Enganamouit
18Akaba
20Mbeleck
21Takounda Engolo
22Abam
23Ongmahan
Referee:Hyang-Ok RiAttendance:10,710
Match Stats
Home TeamCanadaAway TeamCameroonPossessionHome74%Away26%ShotsHome16Away4Shots on TargetHome4Away0CornersHome10Away4FoulsHome10Away12
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Match ends, Canada 1, Cameroon 0.
Full Time
Posted at 90'+3' Second Half ends, Canada 1, Cameroon 0.Posted at 90'+1' Attempt saved. Janine Beckie (Canada) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Ashley Lawrence.Posted at 89' Corner, Canada. Conceded by Claudine Meffometou.Posted at 89' Attempt missed. Christine Sinclair (Canada) right footed shot from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Sophie Schmidt with a headed pass following a corner.Posted at 88' Corner, Canada. Conceded by Aurelle Awona.Posted at 88' Attempt blocked. Christine Sinclair (Canada) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Deanne Rose with a cross.Posted at 87' Attempt missed. Janine Beckie (Canada) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jessie Fleming.Posted at 83' Christine Sinclair (Canada) wins a free kick on the left wing.Posted at 83' Foul by Aurelle Awona (Cameroon).
Substitution
Posted at 82' Substitution, Cameroon. Charlene Meyong Menene replaces Jeannette Yango.Posted at 82' Offside, Cameroon. Christine Manie tries a through ball, but Gaelle Enganamouit is caught offside.Posted at 81' Foul by Shelina Zadorsky (Canada).Posted at 81' Gaelle Enganamouit (Cameroon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 80' Jessie Fleming (Canada) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 80' Foul by Aurelle Awona (Cameroon).Posted at 79' Foul by Allysha Chapman (Canada).Posted at 79' Henriette Akaba (Cameroon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 78' Attempt missed. Christine Sinclair (Canada) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Deanne Rose with a cross.
Substitution
Posted at 75' Substitution, Canada. Deanne Rose replaces Nichelle Prince.
Booking
Posted at 74' Gaelle Enganamouit (Cameroon) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 74' Janine Beckie (Canada) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 74' Foul by Gaelle Enganamouit (Cameroon).Posted at 74' Foul by Janine Beckie (Canada).Posted at 74' Aurelle Awona (Cameroon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 72' Jessie Fleming (Canada) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 72' Foul by Raissa Feudjio (Cameroon).Posted at 71' Desiree Scott (Canada) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 71' Foul by Jeannette Yango (Cameroon).Posted at 70' Attempt missed. Claudine Meffometou (Cameroon) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Henriette Akaba with a cross following a corner.Posted at 70' Corner, Cameroon. Conceded by Allysha Chapman.Posted at 68' Offside, Cameroon. Raissa Feudjio tries a through ball, but Gabrielle Onguene is caught offside.Posted at 68' Foul by Jessie Fleming (Canada).Posted at 68' Gabrielle Onguene (Cameroon) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Substitution
Posted at 68' Substitution, Cameroon. Gaelle Enganamouit replaces Marlyse Ngo Ndoumbouk.
Substitution
Posted at 67' Substitution, Cameroon. Henriette Akaba replaces Ajara Nchout.Posted at 66' Foul by Ashley Lawrence (Canada).Posted at 66' Yvonne Leuko (Cameroon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 66' Attempt blocked. Ashley Lawrence (Canada) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Janine Beckie.Posted at 62' Foul by Ashley Lawrence (Canada).
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