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Canada v Cameroon Live Commentary, 6/10/19

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K. Buchanan (45)
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Canada now top Group E, with the other two teams New Zealand and Netherlands facing eachother tomorrow. Canada will be happy to pick up three points in their opening game and they are now unbeaten in their last nine competitive games.
Canada get their World Cup campaign off to a winning start with a 1-0 victory over Cameroon, thanks to a late first half header by Buchanan. Canada had a few more chances to extend their lead, but Cameroon defended well and pushed forward in search of an equaliser, but they were unable to test Labbe, with just one shot on target all game.
90' There will be a minimum of two minutes added time played.
89' CLOSE! The resulting corner is whipped into the box, Schmidt heads it back into the middle of the goal from the back post and Sinclair tries to bundle it home from just a couple of yards out. However, it's blocked on the line and then smashed clear.
88' Blocked! Sinclair with a good opportunity from the edge of the box, she controls the ball and then fires it towards goal on the volley, but the Cameroon defence get out to her quickly and it goes out for a corner.
86' We've got less than five minutes to play here, plus any additional stoppage time. Will we see anymore goals?
84' Canada are slowing the pace down with set pieces and throw-ins now, with not too long left on the clock.
C. Meyong
J. Yango
82' Cameroon with their third and final substitution, with Yango coming off and she is replaced by Meyong Menene.
81' Free-kick to Cameroon midway into the Canada half, they push everyone forward, but a couple of players are offside as the ball is whipped into the box.
79' Cameroon are playing in the Women’s World Cup for the second time having reached the last 16 in their World Cup debut in 2015 (losing 1-0 to China PR).
77' Just the one shot on goal for Cameroon so far tonight, but it's quite an open game at the moment, with Canada not yet able to wrap up the three points.
D. Rose
N. Prince
75' Canada now make their first change of the game, with Prince coming off and she has been replaced by Rose.
G. Enganamouit
Yellow Card
74' The second yellow card of the game is shown to Enganamouit, after elbowing Beckie as they both battled for the ball.
72' There is certainly a lot of support inside the stadium for Cameroon and they are making their voices heard here, with their team pushing forward in search of an equaliser.
70' CLOSE! It's almost a replica of Canada's goal, with Meffometou unmarked at the far post and she tries to power the ball into the ground, but she heads the ball wide of Labbe's goal.
69' The two Cameroon substitutes have already made an impact, they've increased the pace of their game and they are pushing forward in good numbers now.
G. Enganamouit
M. Ndoumbouk
68' The other change for Cameroon sees Ngo Ndoumbouk replaced by Enganamouit.
H. Akaba
A. Nchout
67' Cameroon make a double substitution, the first change sees Nchout come off the pitch and she has been replaced by Akaba.
64' Still no changes for either side here, but there are a few tired Cameroon players out there on the pitch now. They are still yet to test Labbe.
62' Canada’s Leon scored who is on the bench tonight, scored six goals in the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship – only the US’ Alex Morgan scored more (7).
60' CHANCE! Prince with a huge opportunity to double Canada's lead! Cameroon clear the initial corner, but the ball gets played straight back into the box and Prince turns on the volley and powers the ball towards the top corner, but she gets too much on it and it flies wide of the goal.
58' Decent deep ball into the penalty area by Beckie aiming for Prince, but there was slightly too much pace on it and the ball flies out of play.
56' This is better from Cameroon, they've won a couple of corners, but the Canada defence deal with them comfortably.
54' Cameroon are just trying to slow the pace of the game down when they do get on the ball, giving some players a rest after having to chase the ball for much of the game so far.
52' Into the wall! Sinclair steps up to take the free-kick, but she doesn't get enough height on it and she drills it straight into the wall, who does it's job well.
50' Canada are once again dominating possession, keeping it nicely in midfield and forcing Cameroon back. They now have a free-kick in a very good shooting position as Yango trips Fleming around 25 yards out.
48' Three of the five total goals Cameroon have conceded at Women's World Cups have come from corners.
46' The second half is underway!
Cameroon have looked dangerous on the break, with Onguene using her pace to great effect down the right wing, but they are yet to force Labbe into making a save in the Canada goal.
Canada lead 1-0 at the break, with Buchanan getting the breakthrough goal just before half-time. They dominated most of the opening half, but it seemed that they would be unable to break down a resilient Cameroon defence, with Sinclair unable to get involved in the game. Prince struck the post late on, before Buchanan scored from a corner.
J. Beckie
45' Beckie whipped the ball into the box, aiming for Buchanan at the far post.
K. Buchanan
45' GOOOAAALLL! Canada finally get the breakthrough, it's 1-0! Buchanan rises highest as a corner is whipped into the box and the centre-back powers her header into the ground and into the back of the net. The keeper had no chance of saving that and it looks like she might've picked up an injury trying to stop it.
43' OFF THE POST! Best chance of the game for Canada! Great work by Chapman down the left, she drills the ball across goal to Prince who fires a low shot towards the near post, but it takes a slight deflection off a defender and then hits the outside of the post and goes out for a corner.
41' The rain has started to pour here in the South of France, with many of the supporters trying to take shelter under the stands. Not much happening on the pitch at the moment, it's dying down as we approach the end of the half.
39' Just a few minutes left on the clock before the half-time whistle now, can either side break the deadlock in the remaining moments?
M. Ndoumbouk
Yellow Card
37' Ndoumbouk is shown the first yellow card of the game after a lunge on Scott and she catches the Canadian midfielder late.
36' Onguene looks like Cameroon's most danergous player so far, her pace is causing Canada problems down the right wing and there have been a couple of occassions that she has almost sneaked in behind.
34' Sinclair has looked isolated in the last few minutes, she is having to drop deep in order to get on the ball and influence the game.
32' Canada won their opening game of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the first time they’d done so, having failed to win any of their previous five such games (D1 L4).
30' Good tackle! Onguene is released in behind down the right wing and she uses her pace to get all the way to the edge of the penalty area, but Buchanan sprints across and makes a good sliding tackle. She had to time that tackle just right.
29' Resolute defending so far by Cameroon, but they will surely tire as they game continues. Canada look short of ideas in the final third at the moment.
27' We're midway through the first half now and it remains 0-0 between Canada and Cameroon, but it's Canada who are dominating and keeping their opponents penned inside their own half of the pitch.
25' Chance! Beckie does briliantly to stay onside and gets in behind the Cameroon defence, she then pulls the ball back to Prince on the edge of the box, but she skies her shot high over the crossbar.
24' Canada win another corner, after they once again manage to find space down the right wing. However, Cameroon defend it well and clear the danger.
22' Schmidt has taken a bit of a knock after a heavy fall, but she's back on her feet and ready to continue. The midfielder has been influential so far today, linking up the midfield and attack well.
20' Sinclair is now the oldest player to represent Canada at the Women's World Cup (35y 363d).
18' Canada are finding a lot of gaps in the Cameroon defence now, with much of their play coming down the right wing, with Lawrence and Prince constantly running at the full-back and getting crosses in the box.
16' Decent effort! Schmidt manages to find space in the penalty area as Sinclair whips a cross into the box and Schmidt just manages to get her head to it, but it lacks the pace to beat Ngo Ndom, who makes a comfortable save.
14' Cameroon are struggling to get a touch on the ball at the moment and when they do, they are giving it away too easily and Canada are able to pen them back inside their own half.
12' The pace of the game has dropped slightly in the last couple of minutes after a hectic opening period. Canada are edging the possession charts, but they are being pressed high up the pitch so they are struggling to find time and space to create an attacking move.
10' Canada are making their seventh consecutive appearance at the tournament with their best ever finish coming in the 2003 edition, finishing in fourth place (losing 3-1 to USA in the third-place playoff).
8' Stoppage in play here as Nchout is down in the Canada penalty area following a collision in the box. The Cameroon medical staff are on the pitch and it looks like she should be fine to continue.
7' This is much better by Cameroon, they are causing Canada problems with their pace up top and breaks on the counter-attack.
5' It's all Canada in the opening few minutes of the game, with Cameroon camped inside their own final third as their opponents continue to push forward in search of an early goal.
3' CLOSE! Sinclair rises highest from the free-kick and tries to flick the ball towards the far post, but it takes a slight deflection and goes just wide and out of play for a corner. The striker also manages to get her head to the corner, but this header flies high over the crossbar.
2' Canada win the first corner of the game early on, which Cameroon don't clear very well and Canada now have a free-kick in a very good crossing position.
1' We're underway!
The teams are out on the pitch and the anthems are underway, so kick-off is just a few minutes away. Stay tuned for all of the match action!
Canada's captain and star striker, Sinclair has scored 181 international goals and is just three adrift of USA legend Abby Wambach's all-time record. Leon is on the bench for Canada, despite being the second highest scoring player in the qualifying matches.
CAMEROON SUBS: Alexandra Takounda Engolo, Charlene Meyong Menene, Ninon Abena, Marthe Ongmahan, Henriette Akaba, Gaelle Enganamouit, Madeleine Ngono Mani, Michaela Abam, Isabelle Mambingo, Ysis Sonkeng, Augustine Ejangue, Genevieve Ngo Mbeleck.
CAMEROON (4-2-3-1): Annette Ngo Ndom; Yvonne Leuko, Christine Manie, Aurelle Awona, Estelle Johnson, Claudine Meffometou; Raissa Feudjio, Jeannette Yango; Gabrielle Onguene, Marlyse Ngo Ndoumbouk; Ajara Nchout.
CANADA SUBS: Rebecca Quinn, Shannon Woeller, Jenna Hellstrom, Jayde Riviere, Julia Grosso, Deanne Rose, Jordyn Huitema, Sabrina D'Angelo, Lindsay Agnew, Kailen Sheridan, Gabrielle Carle, Adriana Leon.
CANADA (4-4-2): Stephanie Labbe; Allysha Chapman, Shelina Zadorsky, Kadeisha Buchanan, Ashley Lawrence; Janine Beckie, Sophie Schmidt, Desiree Scott, Nichelle Prince; Jessie Fleming, Christine Sinclair.
Meanwhile Cameroon will play in the World Cup for only the second time having reached the last 16 on their debut in the competition back in 2015.
Canada were knocked out of the last World Cup on home soil four years ago by England in the quarter-finals. Their best result at a World Cup is a fourth-placed finish back in 2003. They have however fared better at the Olympics, winning two bronze medals.
Hello and welcome to our LIVE match commentary of the Group E Women's World Cup clash between Canada and Cameroon.