Pitchside: Friendly: Canada v Mexico

Although Canada began a little sluggish, they had demonstrated their attacking intent by the quarter-hour mark. In the 13th minute, a goal by Canadian striker Brittany Baxter was correctly ruled offside, but three minutes later, the referee faced a far more controversial decision. The ball appeared to strike Mexican defender Alina Garciamendez’s outstretched left forearm as she leapt into the air, but the referee judged it to be a ball to hand situation, and no call was made. The Mexicans were galvanised by their close call, dominating the rest of the first half, while the Canadians took the second. Despite their collective efforts, the match, a friendly, ended in a scoreless draw. Click here to open our fullscreen slideshow.