Goalkeeper Quillan Roberts scored an unlikely goal in the 87th minute to give Canada a historic 2-2 tie with England at the FIFA U-17 World Cup on Wednesday.
The Toronto FC academy 'keeper, unmolested by English players, brought the ball up to near the halfway line and then booted it towards goal. The ball bounced over a pair of players trying to get their head onto it and then into the net over desperate English goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
"I was just trying to get it on (teammate) Sadi Jalali's head," Roberts said. "It just look a lucky bounce and went over the goalie."
The draw earned Canada its first ever point at the world championships, ending a 13-game losing streak that started in 1987. During that run of losses, Canada had been outscored 45-3.
"We just made history," Canadian coach Sean Fleming told his team as they gathered in a huddle on the pitch following the final whistle.
Roberts only got the start after star goalie Maxime Crepeau was injured in the final minutes of Sunday's 3-0 loss to Uruguay.
"I feel really proud of the boys. They went out and gave a great effort, never gave up," Fleming said.
"England is a great side. Sometimes we were under pressure, we bent but we did not break. I'm delighted with the resolve and character of our players."
Canada wraps up first-round play Saturday against winless Rwanda, with a chance to up its points total to four and perhaps earn a berth in the round of 16.
The top two teams in each of the six groups and the four best third-place teams will advance to the round of 16.
England will rue its wasteful finishing. The English outshot Canada 25-10 but only 7-5 in shots on target.
Outplayed in the first half, Canada (0-1-1) clawed its way back to 1-1 after yielding an early goal in the second half.
Still England (1-1-0) seemed destined for the win when substitute Blair Turgott scored in the 77th minute with a right-footed shot to the top corner from outside the penalty box. Three minutes later, England's Raheem Sterling hit the post.
The game started in rain at the Estadio Hidalgo and it didn't take long for England to show its class, although it did not translate into goals in the first half. The young English outshot Canada 14-3 in the first half but only 4-0 in shots on target.
A 46th-minute goal by striker Adam Morgan, who is on Liverpool's books, finally offered the English a reason to celebrate.
Canadian midfielder Yassin Essa gave the ball away following the kickoff and committed a foul trying to win it back. Crewe Alexandra's Nick Powell swung in a free kick from outside the left side of the box that was flicked on by Morgan's header past Roberts.
But Canada answered in the 50th with Essa playing a part, stealing the ball from the English defence and then slashing towards the penalty box. Two passes later, Keven Aleman drove a shot that was stopped by Pickford but the ball bounced out to Jalali and the Edmonton striker hammered the ball off the ground into the net.
The goal was a product of the Canadians' first two shots on target in the game.
The goal seemed to give the Canadians new vigour and they began stroking the ball with more confidence. But Turgott, beating two defenders to make space for his shot, changed the tide with one shot.
England made three changes from the team that blanked Rwanda 2-0 in its opener, with star striker Hallam Hope of Everton starting on the bench perhaps with an eye to the final group game against Uruguay.
England showed its skill early. Sterling, who is in the Liverpool system, turned the corner on a Canadian defender after a fine run down the left, only to run out of room at the goal-line. And Birmingham city's Nathan Redmond showed his finesse with a neat turn in the penalty box to elude a defender.
A minute later Roberts had to stop a shot from Sterling off a corner.
Morgan ripped through the Canadian defence in the 21st minute, but his left-footed shot went into the side netting. There was danger off an England corner soon after with a Matthew Regan header bouncing over the crossbar.
The pressure continued as Roberts tipped a Powell shot over the bar in the 24th minute.
Earlier Wednesday, Uruguay defeated Rwanda 1-0 to improve to 2-0-0 in Group C at the tournament. Rwanda fell to 0-2.
In Group D play, Uzebkistan upset the U.S. 2-1 and the Czech Republic beat New Zealand 1-0
Canada hosted the tournament in 1987 and qualified for the 1989 competition in Scotland, '93 in Japan, and '95 in Ecuador.
The tournament runs through July 10 with the round-of-16 knockout matches set for June 29-30, quarter-finals July 3-4 and semifinals July 7.
NOTES - The game was 25 years to the day that Diego Maradona scored two goals, one voted the FIFA World Cup goal of the century and the other dubbed the Hand of God, in a 2-1 Argentina win over England in Mexico in the quarter-finals of the 1896 World Cup ... Canada assistant coach Rob Gale is the brother-in-law of England coach Eric Peacock.Report Typo/Error
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