In a riveting conflict inside BMO Discipline in Toronto on Tuesday, Canada emerged triumphant with a 2-1 consequence over Jamaica within the second leg of the CONCACAF Olympics Playoff for the Paris 2024.
Drew Spence struck for Jamaica early, just for Cloe Lacrosse to equalize earlier than Jordyn Huitema headed residence the winner early within the second half.
The reigning Olympics champions received the two-legged tie 4-1 on combination and in addition certified on to the 2024 CONCACAF Ladies’s Gold Cup.
The Canucks now be a part of the US, France, Brazil, and Colombia to have certified, with two Asian and European groups, an Oceania workforce, and two groups from Africa to make up the 12 which is able to take part in France subsequent yr.
For Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz, the loss sees them drop right into a Ladies’s Gold Cup Qualifying Group A which incorporates Panama and Guatemala.
Canucks lengthen win streak to 11-straight towards Reggae Girlz
The three groups will play residence and away beginning October 25 with the Reggae Girlz going through Panama away.
Tuesday’s win marked the 11th consecutive triumph for Canada towards Jamaica in 11 matches, underscoring their dominance with 64 targets scored and solely two conceded.
Jamaica struck first, discovering the again of the web within the 33rd minute from a free-kick alternative, awarded after a foul of their attacking space. Midfielder Spence expertly executed the set-piece, directing the ball over a “wall” and into the highest left nook of goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan’s internet.
Jamaica survived one other shut name within the 36th minute when left-sided defender Deneisha Blackwood almost scored an personal purpose whereas trying to clear a harmful state of affairs, following a Canadian nook kick. The ball rattled the crossbar.
Canada, undeterred, sought to stage the rating, with defender Ashley Lawrence unleashing a robust strike from exterior the penalty space within the 38th minute, however Jamaican goalkeeper Rebecca Spencer managed to tip the ball onto the crossbar and out of hazard.
Lacasse, Huitema rally Canada previous Jamaica
The breakthrough for Canada arrived within the 39th minute when ahead Chloe Lacasse capitalized on a nook kick, heading the ball into the web to equalize the rating at 1-1.
Canada’s second purpose of the night got here early within the second half when Huitema headed residence. Lawrence, demonstrating her ability, evaded a Jamaica defender to ship a exact cross, organising Huitema for the essential purpose.
The Canadian legend and workforce captain Christine Sinclair got here near including a 3rd purpose for her facet within the 60th minute. Nonetheless, goalkeeper Spencer denied her the chance to increase her spectacular worldwide purpose tally.
With this vital victory, the reigning gold medalists have earned the privilege to defend their Olympic title at Paris 2024.
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