Soccer  > General Soccer  > Canada subdues Mexico 3-0
November 3, 2010, 11:30 AM
CANCUN, Mexico - Canada ended Mexico's eight-game unbeaten streak at home in Women's World Cup qualifying, winning 3-0 Tuesday night to earn a semifinal meeting with Costa Rica.

Mexico will play the six-time champion and three-time defending champion United States in the other CONCACAF Women's World Cup Qualifying semifinal, with the winners claiming berths at next year's Women's World Cup in Germany.

The losers will face off for third place and a meeting against European fifth-place finisher Italy for another World Cup spot.

Candace-Marie Chapman and Josee Belanger scored first-half goals, and Jonelle Filigno added an insurance tally for Canada, which won for the fifth time in five matches against Mexico in the CONCACAF women's championship.

Canada came into the match with a superior goal difference over Mexico and needing only a draw to win Group A and avoid a meeting with North American rival the United States. Canada finished with a third straight victory and without having allowed a goal, while Mexico was runner-up.

After a heavy rain that started 10 minutes before kickoff drenched the field at Estadio Beto Avila, Mexico had the better of possession and play for the first 15 minutes. But Canada's Diana Matheson forced Mexico goalkeeper to push her shot wide for a corner kick and changed the momentum.

Rhian Wilkinson whipped in a cross that bounced through the penalty area four minutes later and Canada finally converted on its pressure in the 20th.

Santiago tried to punch clear Matheson's corner, but the ball fell to Chapman at the penalty spot, where she shot through the crowd and high into the net.

With the rain halted midway through the first half, Canada continued to have the better of play except for an occasional foray by Mexico, highlighted by Evelyn Lopez's right-footed effort from 40 meters that Canadian keeper Karina LeBlanc grabbed while falling to her right.

Belanger gave Canada a boost 28 seconds into first-half injury time. Matheson lofted a high ball into the six-yard box that Canada captain Christine Sinclair challenged for with Santiago.

The Mexican keeper was able to get her hands to it, but let it slip through her arms and Mexico's Natalie Garcia made a desperate lunge to clear it from Sinclair's reach.

However, Belanger was standing in the middle of the area, and had time to settle, turn and shoot to give Canada a 2-0 halftime lead.

Mexico only occasionally appeared dangerous in the second half and their hopes all but evaporated when Filigno - who again entered the game as a substitute for a third time in as many matches, scored her third goal in the 66th.

Belanger found space on the left side and curled a cross to the top of the six-yard box, where Filigno ran on to it and headed it past Santiago.

The victory was Canada's fourth straight over Mexico in qualifying, all by shutout. Mexico lost for the eighth time in as many tries against either Canada or the United States in the CONCACAF women's championship, outscored 38-0.


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