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Moldova 1-1 Canada: Second consecutive draw for the Canadians

Moldova 1-1 Canada: Second consecutive draw for the Canadians

Canada Soccer / Vuorinen

Tosaint Ricketts scored Canada's goal as the national side played to a 1-1 draw with Moldova.

Another game, another draw.

In the course of less than a week, Canada has twice battled to a 1-1 scoreline versus a European opponent. This time it was Moldova, which held a brief lead in the match, played in Austria.

Eugen Sidorenco and Tosaint Ricketts each scored for their respective sides, as neither team could find a winner after an early flurry. 

Both goals came within the opening 10 minutes of play. The Moldovans struck first, as Sidorenco nodded in a cross from inside the Canadian penalty area in the eighth minute.

Canada responded just two minutes later through Ricketts, who volleyed in a headed pass from André Hainault following a Canadian corner kick. It was Canada's first open play goal since Jan. 2013, although it came indirectly off a set piece.

After the score reached 1-1, the chances dried up for both sides over the remainder of the first half. The best non-converted opportunity of the opening 45 minutes fell to Atiba Hutchinson, who struck the woodwork after beating his defender to a floated free kick into the Moldovan area. Hutchinson had scored Canada's lone goal in Friday's draw with Bulgaria, but the midfielder was denied by the crossbar in this instance.

The second half saw Canada enjoy most of the possession, but the North Americans couldn't translate that into much in the way of goalscoring opportunities. Moldova, playing most of the closing 45 minutes on the counterattack, was equaly toothless in front of goal, and the game eventually ultimately ended in the 1-1 deadlock that was established within the first quarter hour.

Canada completes its two-match spring camp having drawn versus Bulgaria and Moldova. The next match for Benito Floro's side is scheduled for Sept. 8 versus Jamaica at BMO Field.

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