Germany recover to share spoils with Canada
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Germany fought back from a two-goal half-time deficit to earn a 2-2 draw against Canada in a high-quality Group B opening contest in Liberia.

The North Americans made a perfect start with a sweetly-struck third-minute goal from the boot of inspirational captain Jessie Fleming who lifted a curling free-kick over an inadequate wall past the goalkeeper.

The match soon settled into a rhythm with two physically strong teams playing at a good tempo but goalscoring opportunities largely remained at a premium.

It was Canada, though, that had far better of play and they were rewarded on the stroke of half-time with a second goal.

Marie Levasseur prodded home a loose ball home after goalkeeper Vivien Brandt spilled a straight forward catch from a free-kick wide on the right.

Canada’s Sura Yekka narrowly failed to put the match out of sight just ten minutes into the second half, however the defender prodded her close-range shot wide with only the goalkeeper to beat.

It proved to be costly as Germany netted twice in as many minutes to completely change the complexion and momentum of the game.

Firstly, Nina Ehegoetz latched onto a perfectly chipped short pass over the backline from Saskia Meier to coolly prod home past the goalkeeper.

Before Canada had time to exhale, the European champions had drawn level with Kim Fellhauer glancing home a header at the near post from a corner.

Germany dominated the latter stages and looked more likely to find a winner with both teams tiring.

Canada though proved their resilience in a tense finale, notably coming close to scoring with five minutes remaining as the ball bounced around the penalty area.

Player of the Match: Jessie Fleming (Canada)