Canada sensationally defeated USA 5-3 on penalties after 120 scoreless minutes ending the World Cup hopes of the Americans. It is not only the first FIFA Women’s World Cup at any level that USA have failed to reach, but the Stars and Stripes have gone on to be semi-finalists on each appearance on the world stage.
Canada were forced to rely mostly on the counter-attack with USA having scored 32 goals in their group matches. It was the Canadians though who came closest to scoring with Nour Ghoneim’s effort ultimately cleared to safety with the help of the woodwork.
A scoreless period of extra time rmeant a penalty shoot-out was required to decide the victor. Scores were level until USA missed their fourth spot kick allowing Chantal Campbell to successfully convert the winner for Canada.
Mexico required extra time before finally overpowering Costa Rica to claim the second and final T&T berth. Lucero Lara scored with a 25 metre strike in the 70th minute to give Mexico the lead, but Angelica Fallas equalised for Costa Rica with five minutes remaining to force extra time.
Mexico took the lead for a second time when Christina Murillo virtually scored from the kick-off during the second extra time period. Murillo dribbled from near half-way before unleashing a right-footed effort which arced over Costa Rican keeper Fabiola Murillo. Tanya Samarzich then grabbed the sealer in the 110th minute to confirm a meeting with Canada in Saturday's final.
Mexico will be making their first appearance at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup when the tournament commences in September.