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Canada wears down Argentina to windebut 2-1

Aug. 06, 2008, 9:26 a.m. (ET)

TIANJIN, China(AP) Canada wore down Argentina to win its Olympic debut 2-1 Wednesday, getting a goal in each half and using a significant size advantage to subdue the South Americans.

Coming out of her center back position, Candace Chapman put Canada ahead in the 27th minute. She ran onto a corner that was deflected more than 30 yards from goal and struck a right-footed volley that skipped inside the left post. Kara Lang added the insurance in the 72nd, heading Rhian Wilkinson's free kick from 10 yards.

A ragged game for the first 30 minutes, Canada finally took control after Chapman's goal, capitalizing on an average advantage of 14 pounds and 2 1/2 inches in the starting lineups.