Beat the heat

TERRY JONES, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:39 AM ET

HANGZHOU, China -- Just win, baby.

That was the bottom line going in and it's the bottom line moving on.

After proceedings here yesterday, Canada and Australia are headed to Chengdu for a showdown in which Australia needs but a tie and Canada requires a win.

Mathematics were in play all day in Group C play of the FIFA Women's World Cup here yesterday but Canadian coach Even Pellerud never mentioned them.

Just win, baby.

That was his only message when he sent them out to play in the 29 C head in high humidity in this resort town with a stunningly beautiful lake in the middle of it.

"I wanted them to focus on winning, not on winning it big," he said of the day starting out great with a 4-0 victory over Ghana.

"Now we need to win," said Pellerud. "Technically it has made our job harder. Mentally, it makes it easier.

"Technically, it's harder to win than to draw. But it's easier mentally. It's a painful process to play to draw."

Christine Sinclair scored two goals to make her the all-time Canadian goal scorer at the event with five in eight games played, one more than Charmaine Hooper scored in 12 WWC games.

And 35-year-old Andrea Neil played a record 131st international game for Canada, one more than Hooper.

It was Sinclair who gave Canada a 1-0 lead with a header on a long cross from Kara Lang, putting it off the finger tips of the Ghana keeper just under the crossbar.

Canada restricted the pink-shoed Ghana group to a half dozen long distance launches over the net until Gloria Foriwa put one off the woodwork in a wild final few seconds of the first half.

But when they came back for the final 45 minutes in front of a crowd of 33,835, it was very much the No.-9 ranked team in the world versus the No.-47 ranked Africans.

In the end, if the score didn't tell the story that the statistics did.

The final shots-on-goal count was 14-3 and corner kicks were 7-1.

AUSSIES UP NEXT

HANGZHOU, China (AP) -- A goal by substitute Lisa De Vanna in the 83rd minute gave Australia a 1-1 draw with Norway on in Group C play, boosting Australia's chance of qualifying for the women's World Cup soccer quarter-finals.

Australia, with four points from two games, needs only a draw against Canada in the last round of games in the group to reach the last eight. Canada has three points from two games.

MARTA MAGICAL

WUHAN, China (AP) -- There's fast, and then there's Marta. The FIFA player of the year shimmied a loose ball past a diving keeper and whipped another shot behind two defenders to lead Brazil to a 4-0 win over China in Group D.

"If before we thought we should beat Brazil, yeah, that was a dream of course," said China coach Marika Domanski-Lyfors.

TORONTO SHOOTS AND SHOOTS ... AND STILL CAN'T SCORE

TORONTO (CP) -- The drought continues for Toronto FC.

The expansion MLS side's record scoring slump extended past the 13-hour mark as it was held to a 0-0 draw with Real Salt Lake yesterday afternoon.

The goalless run is now at 822 minutes. And it lives on despite a slew of chances, a wide edge in play and Toronto holding a man advantage for the final 55 minutes.

Toronto came out shooting but failed to convert three gilt-edged chances in the first half when it outshot Real Salt Lake 12-3 (9-1 in shots on target) on a breezy, cloudy day before 20,098 at BMO Field. Toronto (5-13-6) is now scoreless in its last nine matches and winless in 10.

Its last goals at home came June 17 in a 4-0 win over FC Dallas, discounting a 4-2 exhibition loss to England's Aston Villa in late July.


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