Canada beat China 1-0 in the inaugural match of the 2015 Women’s World Cup, last night. Hosts Canada, had failed to break down China’s strong defensive play throughout the match, and it looked set to end in a goalless draw. However, a controversial stoppage-time penalty was awarded to Canada after China’s Zhao Rong was thought to have brought down Adriana Leon in the box. Christine Sinclair scored from the penalty spot assuring Canada’s victory.
The match was played at the Commonwealth Stadium in front of a crowd of 53,000 – the largest recorded attendance of any football match in Canadian history.