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Thu Apr 24 05:39:56 SAST 2014

Banyana lose to Canada in another tough match

TEAMtalk Media | 29 July, 2012 10:050 Comments
Mpumi Nyandeni South Africa fights for the ball against Rhian Wilkinson of Canada during the women's first round group F match between Canada and South Africa on day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at City of Coventry Stadium on July 28, 2012 in Coventry, England
Image by: Francis Bompard / Getty Images

Banyana Banyana suffered their second Olympic defeat after going down 3-0 to Canada in the Group F clash on Saturday in Coventry.

Banyana, ranked 61st in the world, were thumped 4-1 by Sweden on Wednesday in the opening London 2012 encounter.

The South Africans were behind as early as the seventh minute when Melissa Tancredi put the Canadians in front after she got on the end of a well-weighted Diana Matheson cross.

Banyana keeper Thokozile Mndaweni also had to make several vital stops with Matheson, Rhian Wilkinson and Kaylyn Kyle proving a handful in and around the 18-yard area.

The Canucks came out after the half-time break determined to extend their lead, with Christine Sinclair, Sophie Schmidt and Tancredi all coming close.

But it was Sinclair who finally doubled the Canadians' advantage on the 58th minute mark when she pounced on her own rebounded shot to beat a stranded Mndaweni.

Sinclair sealed victory for the world's seventh-ranked side four minutes before the close, beating the offside trap and rounding Mndaweni for her second of the match.

Banyana now have the tough job of trying to bounce back from their latest disappointment when go they go up against world champions Japan on Tuesday.

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