BRISBANE, Australia — A spectacular first-half goal from Adriana Leon gave Canada a 1-0 win over Australia in a women’s soccer friendly at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia on Saturday.
Leon, who plays at club level with Manchester United, scored the game’s only goal in the 11th minute after a streak that began with a free-kick from Jessie Fleming.
An Australia defender tried to clear the ball, but Bianca St-Georges recovered it. She passed it to Jordyn Huitema who then passed it on to Leon.
From the edge of the penalty area, Leon kicked the ball with his right foot just out of goalkeeper Lydia Williams’ reach. It was his 25th goal in a Canada uniform.
The Australians tried hard to get the equalizer late in the second half, but Canada goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan fended off a header from Australia’s star striker Sam Kerr in stoppage time to save the win from Canada.
Saturday’s match was the Canadian squad’s first since July, when they qualified for the World Cup after finishing second to the United States at the Women’s Championship. Concacaf in Mexico.
The Canadians, ranked seventh in the world, will meet the Australians (12th) in a rematch which will be presented Tuesday at Allianz Stadium, a newly rebuilt stadium located in Sydney.
Allianz Stadium and Suncorp Stadium will host matches in the Women’s World Cup, which will be played in nine cities across Australia and New Zealand in 2023.
Canada will know the identity of its first opponents when the draw takes place next October in Auckland, New Zealand.