Canada W 1-0 Cameroon W
A header by Kadeisha Buchanan, voted best young player at the 2015 Women’s World Cup, ensured Canada opened their 2019 campaign with a win over Cameroon.
The defender, who plays club football in France for Lyon, struck from a corner at the end of the first half to give Canada a 1-0 win in Montpellier.
Cameroon, one of the lowest ranked teams at the tournament, went close through Claudine Meffometou’s header.
Canada’s Nichelle Prince hit the post with a deflected shot at 0-0.
Although the opening game in Group E lacked clear-cut chances, Canada did enough to go top before rivals New Zealand and the Netherlands meet on Tuesday in Le Havre (14:00 BST).
“You could sense some nervousness but that’s because this means so much for the players,” said Canada’s boss Kenneth Heiner-Moller.
“We knew it was going to be a battle and Cameroon were a hard team to play, especially when they were sitting that deep.”
All eyes were on Canada’s captain Christine Sinclair, who is four goals away from becoming the outright all-time leading scorer in men’s and women’s international football.