Canada v Switzerland – A Women’s World Cup Story In Pictures

Canada v Switzerland – A Women’s World Cup Story In Pictures

The Canadian girls came back to their spiritual home of Vancouver on Sunday to take on Switzerland in a Women’s World Cup Round of 16 match-up.

A staggering 53,855 supporters packed BC Place to the rafters in a sea of red and white. It was the biggest crowd ever to see a Canadian national team play a game, and although they were served up more of a tense and tight game rather than a classic, they witnessed Canada advance with a 1-0 win thanks to a second half strike from Josee Belanger.

AFTN photographer Tom Ewasiuk was there to capture all the action before, during and after the game and here’s his “Story In Pictures”, with a full Flickr slideshow at the end.

[Also check out Tom’s website www.residualimagephotography.com for more of his photos and work].

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The scene is set

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The fans are ready on Father’s Day

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Neutral to the end

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The Destroyer is all taped up and ready to rumble

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A pensive, and rare unsmiling, John Herdman takes in all the pre-match build-up

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Karina Leblanc bringing the style factor as always

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Needs more cowbells!

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The teams come out to a cacophony of noise

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Canada’s starting XI

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And that of the Swiss Misses

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Melissa Tancredi is brought back into the starting line-up for her kung fu skills

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Canada come close in the 16th minutes with Josee Belanger’s cross-come-shot

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Which loops over the head of Swiss keeper Gaelle Thalmann but crashes off the crossbar

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Holy Schmidt

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The pain of playing for your country

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As Thalmann can testify after being in the wars early herself

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Scoreless at the half, Canadian nerves are eased in the 52nd minute when the ball breaks to Belanger in the box

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And she fires it past Thalmann for the opening, and matchwinning, goal – 1-0 Canada!

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Sparking jubilant scenes on the Canadian bench

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Canada’s full-backs Rhian Wilkinson and Allysha Chapman were phenomenal throughout

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Christine Sinclair comes within inches of getting on the end of a cross as Canada push for the killer second

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And they come even closer to getting it when Caroline Abbe, easily, clears off the Swiss line

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As the Swiss push at the other end, Player of the Match Erin McLeod comes up with the big late save from Vanessa Bernauer

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And McLeod stops at nothing again to get to the ball in stoppage time

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But Canada hang on and the ecstatic celebrations can begin

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And the red and white hordes join in

You can see a Flickr slideshow of all of Tom’s photos from the game below:

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  1. Anonymous at 15:15

    Well was at game….not bad game but will need to finish their chances if any chance to get to final 4….but very impressed with the level of Womans World Cup soccer it sure is getting better….Go CANADA GO

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