Canada started with a successful World Cup in France. Against Cameroon won the team to top scorer Christine Sinclair 1: 0 (1: 0) and so temporarily took the leaders of the group E. Kadeisha Buchanan was the only goal of the match in Montpellier shortly before halftime .
Those who expected a one-sided match between fifth in the world and fifth in the 46th were surprised at least in the first half: Although the favorite controlled the game for long periods, he was also a victim of bad passages in distress.
The best opportunity for the foreigner was Claudine Meffometou in the 31st minute. His shot escaped about two meters from the finish. Nevertheless, the best chances were Sinclair's team. Just before the break, Nichelle Prince hit the post with a deflected shot (43rd minute).
Meffometou saves Sinclair on the line
Only two minutes later, the time had come: Canada could cheer on a Janine Beckie corner on Buchanan's first goal. The 23-year-old has been playing for Canada since 2013, but scores very seldom. It was his fifth goal in the 96th international match.
In the second half, Canada handled its lead with only a few opportunities: Prince missed an opportunity (61). Then Sinclar was heading well over the goal (78 '). Shortly before the end, the best attacker almost scored, but Meffometou saved the lead (88).
Canada – Cameroon 1: 0 (1: 0)
1: 0 Buchanan
Canada: Labbé – Lawrence, Buchanan, Zadorsky, Chapman – Prince (from 75th Rose), Scott, Schmidt, Beckie – Sinclair, Fleming
Cameroon: Ngo Ndom – Leuko, Awona, Mania, Johnson, Meffometou – Nchout (67. Akaba), Feudjio, Grace Ngock Yango (83. Menene), Gabrielle Onguene – Ngo Ndoumbouk (68. Enganamouit)
arbitrator: Hyang Ok Ri (North Korea)
Yellow cards: – / Ngo Ndoumbouk, Enganamouit