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Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 06/30/2011

Women’s World Cup: An early Canada Day in Germany?

Can Christine Sinclair (L) and the Big Red topple the French on Canada Day? (Martin Rose - BONGARTS/GETTY IMAGES)
Canada nearly spoiled the party in Germany when the Big Red rallied late but failed to earn a draw with the the host nation in the opening match of the 2011 Women’s World Cup.

Now the Canadians are hoping to give their country — and its royal guests — something extra to celebrate on Canada Day by earning a much-needed three points against France. The match kicks off at noon.

Led by forward all-time leading scorer Christine Sinclair, Canada could put itself in a great spot to advance from Group A to the knockout stages with a victory while a win for Les Blues would all but punch their ticket through the group stages.

Later today the two-time defending tournament champion Germans take on Nigeria’s Super Eagles looking to solidify their spot atop the group.

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