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Canadians put on better show but fail to score in 0-0 draw with Brazil

(Canada Soccer)

CARTAGENA, Spain – Canada posted its fourth straight clean sheet, playing Brazil to a scoreless draw in an international women’s soccer friendly Monday.

It was a better showing from the Canadians than in their 0-0 draw Friday against the 27th-ranked Czech Republic at the same venue, an empty Estadio Cartagonova. Canada moved the ball quickly and created chances, albeit without converting, in its final outing before coach Bev Priestman names her Olympic roster.

Canada, which has not scored in its last 184 minutes, came close in the 85th minute only to see Shelina Zadorsky’s header off a corner hit the goalpost. A Brazilian shot went just wide soon after.

Priestman had 28 players in camp, not counting forward Janine Beckie who returned home after suffering an undisclosed injury. She plans to cut that down to the mandated Olympic roster of 18, plus four alternates, sooner than later.

The eighth-ranked Canadian women open the Tokyo Olympics on July 21 against host Japan before facing Chile and Britain. No. 7 Brazil is in a group with China, the Netherlands and Zambia.

Canada blanked No. 6 England (2-0) and No. 23 Wales (3-0) in April.