Christine Sinclair leads Canada into the final of the Algarve Cup versus Spain on March 8. (Canada Soccer photo)

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will play Spain in the championship match of the Algarve Cup 2017 after yesterday’s 0-0 draw against Portugal secured Canada the top spot in Group A.
The scoreless draw against the home side Portugal was not without its action. After a difficult first half, Canada found its rhythm in the second and forced Portugal into its end for much of the 45 minutes.
Canada placed several shots on net forcing Portugal’s goalkeeper Patricia Morais to make some outstanding saves. Included was a Kadeisha Buchanan header off a free kick in the 70th minute that required outstretched fingers to tip it over the bar, followed by a diving save on a perfectly placed Christine Sinclair shot in the 72nd minute, followed two minutes later by two shots from Deanne Rose and Sinclair in quick succession.
Canada won the 2016 edition of the Algarve Cup, its first appearance at the tournament since 2003, with a 2-1 victory over Brazil in the final match of the women’s international competition. Canada reached the final after winning Group A with six points. Canada has now improved on its group stage record from the 2016 edition, earning seven points over three games, defeating Denmark and Russia before tying the hosts in the final group stage match.
Lindsay Agnew earned her first cap for Canada after subbing in for Marie Levasseur in the 69th minute, officially graduating from the EXCEL program to the Women’s National Team, and giving additional international experience to Canada’s squad.
The 2017 XXIV Algarve Women’s Cup final match will be played March 8 at 6:30 local (13:30 ET / 10:30 PT). Fans can follow all the action on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram through highlights, photos and videos.

– Canada Soccer