Sapporo – Japan drew 1-1 with Canada in their opening match of the Tokyo Olympic women’s soccer tournament Wednesday following a stunning late equalizer from star forward Mana Iwabuchi.
Canada captain Christine Sinclair gave her side the lead barely five minutes into the Group E contest at an empty Sapporo Dome, hitting the post before gathering a fortuitous rebound and tapping in from the opposite side.
Unable to equalize from a penalty early in the second half, the Olympic hosts salvaged the draw after Iwabuchi found the net in the 84th minute, running onto a Yui Hasegawa long ball and lashing home a shot from near the edge of the area.
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