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Canada’s Beckie: Sinclair asked if I wanted to take penalty v. Sweden


Prolific forward Janine Beckie didn’t dodge cameras after her missed penalty helped seal Canada’s fate at the 2019 Women’s World Cup, and she also explained why legendary striker Christine Sinclair wasn’t at the spot.

Beckie, 24, scored two goals in Canada’s run to the bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, and the Houston Dash forward and Texas Tech product has 25 goals in 57 caps.

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The American-born Beckie was called upon to try to level the score against Sweden on Monday in the Round of 16, and took a solid effort which was parried by Hedvig Lindahl in an outstanding bit of goalkeeping.

“I’m confident in my penalty,” Beckie said. “I thought I hit it really well. I thought she made a really good save. It’s the big moments. It’s the moments that you live for. You get all the glory if it goes in, and you take the blame it feels like if you miss. That’ll stay with me for a long time.”

So why was she at the spot? Here’s Beckie on TSN, and Sinclair’s confirmation of the tale. As we expected, Lindahl’s success against Sinclair at the Algarve Cup played a role.

“Christine actually asked me if I wanted to take it. That’s a big moment for me and it’s gonna be hard for a while.”

Full marks for stepping up to both places: The penalty spot and the post-match interview.

Lindahl’s outstanding penalty save preserves Sweden win (video)

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Hedvig Lindahl saved a second half penalty to preserve Sweden’s advantage in a 1-0 win over Canada in the Women’s World Cup Round of 16 on Monday.

Stina Blackstenius scored the game’s lone goal off a terrific 55th minute pass from Kosovare Asllani.

Sweden will meet Germany as part of a Saturday quarterfinal doubleheader.

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VAR awarded Canada its penalty after Desiree Scott’s blast from outside the 18 struck Asllani’s arm.

Janine Beckie went to her right, but Lindahl stretched to parry the torso-high drive.

It wasn’t a terrible penalty, rather a magnificent save. Still, the world was wondering why Christine Sinclair, two goals from matching Abby Wambach’s international record, didn’t go to the spot to do the business.

Perhaps the decision was made because Sinclair was saved and Beckie scored when Canada lost to Sweden in penalties during the Algarve Cup in March.

VAR then denied Sweden a chance from the spot. Ashley Lawrence committed a foul in the box, but the off-field officials spotted an offside in the build-up to keep Canada alive heading into the final stanza.

U.S. Women’s unbeaten run ends at 43 games

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The U.S. Women’s National Team extended their unbeaten run to an impressive 43 games before finally facing defeat, falling 1-0 to Sweden on Friday. Lotta Schelin put in the decisive goal as Sweden collected six points to move top of Group B in the Algarve Cup.

It was former U.S. coach Pia Sundhage’s side that delivered the fatal blow. To make matters worse, Sweden’s victory knocked the USWNT out of the Cup, a tournament which they’ve won nine times in eighteen attempts. With just one game left, the Swedes currently lead the group, while the U.S. has just one point, from their opener against Japan. Their final game, set for Monday, March 10, is against Denmark.

The U.S. were without Alex Morgan, sidelined with an ankle injury, but Abby Wambach looked ready to cause Sweden trouble. When, in the 17th minute, Amy Rodriguez was brought down inside the area, it was Wambach that stepped up to the spot. But Swedish ‘keeper Hedvig Lindahl guessed correctly, pushing Wambach’s shot past the post.

Less than ten minutes later, Sweden put in what turned out to be the decisive goal.  Sofia Jakobsson won the ball from Ali Krieger, putting the cross in for Schlein to head on past Hope Solo.

The streak may have come to an end, but that doesn’t make it any less impressive. The last time the USWNT lost was in 2012, before the start of that year’s Algarve Cup. This particular result might be favored by fans of poignant story lines, as it was Sundhage herself that was in charge of the U.S. Women’s team at the time, and the side that they beat was – you guessed it – Sweden.