Desiree Scott Plays 90 Minutes in Canada’s 2-1 Triumph Over Chile on Matchday 2  Kansas City Current

Desiree Scott Plays 90 Minutes in Canada’s 2-1 Triumph Over Chile on Matchday 2

SAPPORO, Japan (July 24, 2021) — For the second consecutive match, Kansas City NWSL midfielder Desiree Scott played 90 minutes for Canada Soccer and played a crucial role in the midfield. Scott was also booked in Saturday’s match, receiving a yellow card in the 79th minute. Two goals from Canada forward Janine Beckie propelled Canada to a massive 2-1 victory over Chile on Saturday morning. 

Canada started the match on the front foot, and it remained that way for the entirety of the first half. Beckie stepped up to take a Canadian penalty awarded in the 17th minute and despite sending Chile’s goalkeeper the wrong way, her effort struck the post. Houston Dash forward and Canadian international Nichelle Prince, who caused problems for Chile’s defense all game, helped give Beckie a chance to redeem herself just over 20 minutes later. In the 39th minute Chile’s goalkeeper batted out a Prince cross, but the ball fell right to Beckie, who calmly slotted it into the back of the net to give Canada a 1-0 advantage.  

Beckie doubled Canada’s advantage just minutes into the second half. After receiving an inch-perfect through ball from midfielder Ashley Lawrence, Beckie rounded Chile’s goalkeeper and passed the ball into an open net to give Canada a 2-0 lead in the 47th minute. Chile took over the match from there, though, and the South American side halved Canada’s lead in the 57th minute thanks to a VAR-awarded penalty kick converted by midfielder Karen Araya. Chile continued to press and even struck the crossbar in the 73rd minute, but Canada held on for a 2-1 victory. 

The result vaulted Scott and Canada into second place in Group E ahead of a critical showdown with Great Britain on Tuesday. Canada’s four points should be enough to qualify for the quarterfinals, but a win against Great Britain would give the Canadians first place in the group. Tuesday morning’s match kicks off at 6:00 a.m. CT.  

SAPPORO, Japan (July 24, 2021) — For the second consecutive match, Kansas City NWSL midfielder Desiree Scott played 90 minutes for Canada Soccer and played a crucial role in the midfield. Scott was also booked in Saturday’s match, receiving a yellow card in the 79th minute. Two goals from Canada forward Janine Beckie propelled Canada to a massive 2-1 victory over Chile on Saturday morning. 

Canada started the match on the front foot, and it remained that way for the entirety of the first half. Beckie stepped up to take a Canadian penalty awarded in the 17th minute and despite sending Chile’s goalkeeper the wrong way, her effort struck the post. Houston Dash forward and Canadian international Nichelle Prince, who caused problems for Chile’s defense all game, helped give Beckie a chance to redeem herself just over 20 minutes later. In the 39th minute Chile’s goalkeeper batted out a Prince cross, but the ball fell right to Beckie, who calmly slotted it into the back of the net to give Canada a 1-0 advantage.  

Beckie doubled Canada’s advantage just minutes into the second half. After receiving an inch-perfect through ball from midfielder Ashley Lawrence, Beckie rounded Chile’s goalkeeper and passed the ball into an open net to give Canada a 2-0 lead in the 47th minute. Chile took over the match from there, though, and the South American side halved Canada’s lead in the 57th minute thanks to a VAR-awarded penalty kick converted by midfielder Karen Araya. Chile continued to press and even struck the crossbar in the 73rd minute, but Canada held on for a 2-1 victory. 

The result vaulted Scott and Canada into second place in Group E ahead of a critical showdown with Great Britain on Tuesday. Canada’s four points should be enough to qualify for the quarterfinals, but a win against Great Britain would give the Canadians first place in the group. Tuesday morning’s match kicks off at 6:00 a.m. CT.  

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