Nyet, nyet Canada

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 7:46 AM ET

Canada was eliminated from soccer's under-20 women's world championship yesterday in Moscow.

China's captain Ma Xiaoxu scored her fourth goal of the tournament to beat Canada 1-0 in the teams' final opening round match. The game's only goal was in the 48th minute.

"Our team is really disappointed with the result, but we're really happy on our performance," said Vancouver Whitecap Jodi-Ann Robinson. "Hopefully we can learn and grow from that."

Canada, which needed a two-goal win for a quarterfinal berth, finished third in Group B at 1-2. Canada lost last Thursday's opener 3-2 to Nigeria but beat Finland 2-0 on Saturday.

"It was disappointing to go out this way," said Canada's head coach Ian Bridge. "But I've got no bad feelings."

Canada was runner-up when it hosted FIFA's first under-19 Women's World Championship in 2002. Two years later in Thailand, China beat Canada in a controversial quarterfinal. FIFA changed the format to under-20 for 2006's tournament in Russia, which ends Sept. 3.

The spotlight now shifts to Canada's senior team, which is preparing for November's Women's Gold Cup in the United States. Finalists in the regional tournament advance to 2007's Women's World Cup in China.


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