Canada’s Christine Sinclair, right and teammates react after conceding the second goal during first half Group B soccer action against Australia at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, July 31, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Scott Barbour

Canada exits FIFA Women’s World Cup after falling 4-0 to Australia

By Saba Aziz  Global News

Canada’s Christine Sinclair, right and teammates react after conceding the second goal during first half Group B soccer action against Australia at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, July 31, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Scott Barbour

Canada has been knocked out of the FIFA Women’s World Cup after losing 4-0 to Australia in their last group match.

Co-host Australia finished at the top of group B followed by Nigeria – both sides advancing to the round of 16 on Monday.

It was a disappointing end for seventh-ranked Canada, who drew their first match against Nigeria and won 2-1 against debutant Ireland.

Overall, they finished third in their group.

It was an uphill battle for the Olympic champions against the 10th-ranked Australian side, as they went down a goal early in the first half.

Hayley Raso scored twice for Australia at the 9th and 39th minute mark. In the second half, Mary Fowler extended her side’s lead at the 58th minute.

A penalty kick in extra time sealed the deal for the Matildas and ended Canada’s World Cup run.

This is the first time Canada has failed to advance out of the group stage since they went winless in 2011.

Off the field, Canada’s national women’s soccer team have been fighting for equal pay to the men’s team and negotiating a new contract with Canada Soccer.

On Friday, Canada Soccer confirmed to Global News that it had reached an interim compensation agreement with the women’s team on July 24, that includes prize money allocation from the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

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