(Paris) The Canadian women's race at the World Cup ended in the round of 16 on Monday as the country was beaten 1-0 by Sweden.
Ranked fifth, Canada hoped to go much further. A level of clinical finish was missed against Sweden, which is ranked ninth.
The tournament lasted just four games for the Canadians, with two losses against less ranked teams.
"This one (Monday) is going to hurt, because we played so well," said team captain Christine Sinclair, 36. And we had the team to go further in the tournament, so it's disappointing. "
The match was played in front of 38 078 people at the Parc des Princes, where there are 45,600 seats.
Stina Blackstenius scored at the 55e counter attack, after a reversal by Janine Beckie.
Kosovare Asllanni sent a cross that defender Shelina Zadorsky could not reach. Goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé came out, but Blackstenius pushed the ball into the ground just in time.
After the goal, Adriana Leon replaced Nichelle Prince for the sake of generating more offense.
A header from Sophie Schmidt missed, but a recovery showed a Sweden hand earlier, on a shot from Desiree Scott.
The referee Kate Jacewicz therefore gave a penalty. Beckie rushed and made a good shot, but Hedvig Lindahl frustrated her with a dive to her right.
"I feel like I've let the team down, that's what I feel right now," said Beckie. Frustrated, disappointed and all the negative emotions. "
"The goalie has made a very high-profile stop and we have to lift her hat," Sinclair said.
At the microphone of TSN after the match, Janine Beckie indicated that it was Christine Sinclair who had proposed to take the penalty.
The break times lasted more than eight minutes, but Sweden resisted.
"Have you seen the best level of play in Canada? Maybe not during the whole match, said the defeated coach Kennett Heiner-Moller. I think you saw a very good Canadian club for a good part of the game. But maybe not the best level we can offer. "
The confrontation was between Rio Games medalists three years ago. Sweden lost in the final, while Canada won bronze.
Saturday in Rennes, the Swedes will play against the gold medalists of Rio, the Germans.
The speed of Prince and Beckie seemed encouraging at first, but opportunities were rare.
The Swedes were limited to counter-attacks in case of Canadian blunder, sometimes lining up six defenders.
Labbé did well at 36e minute, rising in a congested surface to repel with conviction a corner.
Canada controlled the ball 61% of the time in the first half, but did not shoot. Sweden led three balls to the opposing goal.
Two minutes before Blackstenius' goal, Sinclair was imprecise on a long-distance free-kick.
The Swedes were well rested, having made seven changes in comparison with their last match in the group stage. Coach Peter Gerhardsson has selected only six starters from this match.
Canada kicked off the World Cup by beating Cameroon 1-0 and New Zealand 2-0, before falling 2-1 to the Dutch, eighth in the world.
The Parc des Princes is home to Paris Saint-Germain. Inaugurated in 1897, the current stadium dates back to 1972. It was renovated for the 1998 World Cup and then for Euro 2016.