A comfortable 4-0 victory over Congo DR in Santiago has put Canada back in contention in Group C after their first-up loss to Japan. The meeting between Canada and Germany on Thursday is now likely to determine who will advance from the group along with the Japanese.
Ian Bridge's side got off to the perfect start when, in the very first minute, Kaylyn Kyle played in Loredana Riverso, who beat Congo DR's keeper Laurette Kondolo from 16 yards. Although the skilful Africans put the Canucks under pressure for the remainder of the half, they were unable to create many clear chances, and Canada went further in front on 40 minutes when Chelsea Stewart's clever pass released Monica Lam-Feist, who beat Kondolo from a difficult angle.
Canada went on the defensive in the second period, marking the Congolese attackers tightly, and few chances were created until the 71st minute, when Ivonne Malembo's close-range volley flew over the bar. That was to be Congo DR's last good chance, and six minutes later the Canadians made it three, when Jonelle Filigno nodded home Karla Schacher's excellent right-wing cross. Substitute Julie Armstrong added another for Canada in stoppage time, exploiting a fine pass from Riverso.