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Canada earns berth in women's U17 World Cup quarters

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The Canadian Press
3/23/2014 12:56:50 AM
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SAN JOSE, Costa Rica - Marie Levasseur scored twice as Canada edged Ghana 2-1 on Saturday to advance to the quarter-finals at the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup.

It's the third time a Canadian team has reached the quarter-finals, with their last appearance coming at the 2012 installment of the tournament in Azerbaijan.

Canada, who secured the win despite playing 40 minutes shorthanded after Bianca St. Georges was sent off five minutes into the second half, will play Venezuela in the quarter-finals Mar. 27.

"It was a stressful bench but a very proud bench," said Canadian head coach Bev Priestman. "To play 40 and probably 45 minutes with the added time with ten players, you've got to be proud of them."

Canada needed a win to advance after North Korea edged Germany 4-3 in Group B's earlier game.

Levasseur put Canada ahead 2-0 in the first half but Ghana's Sandra Owusu cut Canada's lead to one in the 72nd minute, forcing the Canadians to hold on for the narrow victory.

"They've exceeded my expectations," said Priestman. "I knew we could play the way we played but I think the resilience and the defensive work under massive bouts of pressure, they've done amazingly."

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