Kadeisha Buchanan scored at the end of the first half, and Canada held on to defeat Cameroon, 1-0, in the World Cup on Monday night in Montpellier, France.
Buchanan charged into the box on a corner kick, and her header bounced into the goal. But all eyes were on her teammate Christine Sinclair, who is four goals from becoming the sport’s career international top scorer.
Sinclair, the Canadian captain, sits at 181 goals, trailing only the former United States forward Abby Wambach, who had 184 goals in international competition to set the record among men and women.
Sinclair’s free kick was blocked and cleared away in the 51st minute, and she had another good chance in the closing minutes. She had scored in the opening game of each of her previous four World Cup appearances.
Cameroon was a surprise at the 2015 World Cup, advancing out of the group stage before falling to China in the round of 16.
ARGENTINA 0, JAPAN 0 Argentina held the former champion Japan to a draw to earn its first-ever point in the tournament.
Argentina lost its previous six World Cup matches in 2003 and 2007 — being outscored by 33-2 — and missed the 2011 and 2015 tournaments.
“For women’s football in Argentina, it is great that we are starting to flourish,” Coach Carlos Borrello said. “We are starting on our way and just starting to face up to these powerful forces in football.”
Japan took until the 50th minute to test goalkeeper Vanina Correa, who stopped forward Kumi Yokoyama’s low shot.
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