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Penalty heartache for Beckie as Canada exit WWC

Penalty heartache for Beckie as Canada exit WWC
Janine Beckie missed a penalty as Canada crashed out of the World Cup against Sweden.

The City forward saw her well-struck spot-kick superbly saved by Hedvig Lindahl on 69 minutes after VAR had awarded a handball against former City player Kosovare Asllani.

Canada largely dominating proceedings, the Canadians created little of note on the night and were foiled by a goal from Stina Blackstenius on 58 minutes.

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Beckie was lively and busy throughout, but Canada lacked punch in the final third and the penalty miss proved crucial in what was a tightly fought encounter.

Beckie was replaced on 84 minutes, ending a productive but ultimately disappointing tournament for the City star.

Asllani impressed for the Swedes and came close to extending their lead on a number of occasions.

Canada huffed and puffed to the end and even had a VAR check for handball as the Swedes celebrated, but the decision was no penalty and Sweden will now face Germany in the quarterfinal.

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