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  • News Hit: Canada 1 - 0 Belarus (Final)


    Updated 12:54 p.m. ET: Terrific news to start the day, as the Canadian men's national team has emerged with a 1-0 win over 37th-ranked Belarus in Antalya, Turkey. Not only does this provide a good momentum boost ahead of the Gold Cup, it also should provide a nice chunk of FIFA ranking points that could end up being vital once World Cup qualifying begins.

    Canada's goal was scored by Houston Dynamo defender Andre Hainault (his second for the senior men's team), who headed home a corner by fellow MLSer Will Johnson in the 58th minute.

    [PRBREAK][/PRBREAK]Milan Borjan started in goal for Canada, but was replaced at halftime by erstwhile #1 Lars Hirschfeld. With Paul Stalteri not seeing the pitch, Kevin McKenna wore the captain's armband. Mike Klukowski made his long-awaited return to the men's national team lineup, playing 90 minutes at fullback, while Nik Ledgerwood got the (somewhat) surprising start on the other side of the back line.

    Sorry for the stilted sentences, but the only way to follow the game was via Twitter. All credit for the updates goes to Gerry Dobson of Sportsnet and Richard Scott of the Canadian Soccer Association.

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