Chelsea midfielder Jessie Fleming provided an assist for the winning goal as Canada defeated Argentina 1-0 in their latest SheBelieves Cup match at the Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Florida.
Bev Priestman’s side struggled to find a way beyond a plucky Argentine outfit despite having the majority of the ball and creating most of the chances. They finally broke the deadlock in second half injury time through Sarah Stratigakis’ late goal.
Priestman named a trio of Barclays FA Women’s Super League attacking players in her starting XI with Manchester City’s Janine Beckie, Chelsea’s Fleming and West Ham United’s Adriana Leon playing behind lone forward Nichelle Prince. Fleming had a couple of half-chances to score in the first half but she failed to significantly trouble Argentine keeper Laurina Oliveros.
Early in the second half, Canada continued to push for the game’s opening goal but a goalmouth scramble failed to result in the ball nestling in the back of the net while Leon sent a shot over the bar.
Argentina rode their luck and held firm and they looked to have collected an unlikely point until Fleming directed the ball goalwards in the 92nd minute and Stratigakis was there to fire home the winner.
Canada will take on Brazil in their last SheBelieves Cup fixture on Wednesday evening with the winners likely to finish the tournament as runners-up behind champions-in-waiting the United States.