HANGZHOU, China -- Norway wore down Canada in the second
half for a 2-1 victory in the Women's World Cup on Wednesday.
The fourth-ranked Norwegians trailed 1-0 at the half in their
Group C opener before Ragnhild Gulbrandsen and Ane Stangeland
Horpestad came through with goals for the former World Cup
Canada had a goal disallowed in the 32nd minute because of a
foul, but went in front a minute later on a goal by Candace
Norway drew even seven minutes into the second half as
Gulbrandsen rose between two defenders to meet a cross from the
right with a firm header.
Norway dominated possession in the second half. Canada
goalkeeper Erin McLeod made three impressive saves to keep the
score tied, but she could do nothing to stop Norway's winner in the
A corner from the right was headed on goal, blocked on the line
by a defender, but Norway captain Horpestad was quickest to react
to the loose ball and scored.
In the earlier Group C match Wednesday, Australia beat Ghana
Australia meets Norway on Saturday, while Canada plays Ghana.