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Canada back-to-back champs at Nations Cup

By Don Fennell

Published 12:57 PDT, Wed July 17, 2019

Last Updated: 4:39 PDT, Tue August 6, 2019

Employing the same formula that netted them the Nations Cup title in 2018, Canada relied on strong defence and positional play to secure their second championship in as many years Sunday at Hugh Boyd Park.

Employing the same formula that netted them the Nations Cup title in 2018, Canada relied on strong defence and positional play to secure their second championship in as many years Sunday at Hugh Boyd Park.

Largely holding an offensively-gifted India in check, and thanks to notably strong goalkeeping, Canada made the most of their opportunities in the second half to post a 3-1 victory in the women’s open division final.

India enjoyed better fortune in the men’s open division final that followed, scoring a 2-1 win over Croatia before a crowd of more than 2,000 sun-drenched fans. Scoreless at the half, India scored two late goals in the dying moments of regulation to take a 2-0 lead before Croatia made it interesting with a penalty kick goal just as time wound down.

In other finals, Scotland blanked England 1-0 for the men’s over-30 title; Germany blanked Scotland 1-0 for the over-45 title; India posted a 2-0 win over Italy for the over-38 title; and China edged England 1-0 in the over-52 title game.

Dakota Chan again got the nod (as in 2018) as the most outstanding player in the women’s open division, while CJ Jhooty of India was selected the top player in the men’s open division with teammate Jyoti Thind the outstanding defender and Italy’s Carlo Basso (for the third year in a row) the top goal scorer.

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