Women's World Cup football

Swiss bow out after loss to hosts Canada

Swiss bow out after loss to hosts Canada
Photo: Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images North America/AFP
Switzerland have been knocked out of the Women's World Cup following a 0-1 defeat to hosts Canada in front of almost 54,000 spectators in Vancouver, most of them cheering on the home team.

A Josée Belanger second-half goal was enough to secure a quarterfinal spot for the Canadians on Sunday with a 1-0 win over Switzerland.
The 29-year-old from Quebec scored the winner after 52 minutes to the delight of the passionate crowd at Vancouver's BC Place Stadium.
Canada, fourth in 2003 and ranked eighth, next play either former champions Norway or England next Saturday in Vancouver for a place in the semifinal.
Switzerland, competing in their first World Cup and ranked 19th, had advanced from the group stage as one of the best third-place finishers.

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