Canada’s Kadeisha Buchanan, left, and Britain’s Rachel Daly battle for the ball during a women’s quarterfinal soccer match at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 30, 2021, in Rifu, Japan. Canadian defender Kadeisha Buchanan scored twice Thursday in Lyon’s 5-0 win over Portugal’s Benfica in UEFA Women’s Champions League Group D play Thursday.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Andre Penner

Canada’s Kadeisha Buchanan, left, and Britain’s Rachel Daly battle for the ball during a women’s quarterfinal soccer match at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 30, 2021, in Rifu, Japan. Canadian defender Kadeisha Buchanan scored twice Thursday in Lyon’s 5-0 win over Portugal’s Benfica in UEFA Women’s Champions League Group D play Thursday.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Andre Penner

Canada’s Kadeisha Buchanan scores twice in Lyon’s Champions League Group D win

‘It looks like our players are on fire’

DÉCINES-CHARPIEU, France — Canadian defender Kadeisha Buchanan scored twice in Lyon’s 5-0 win over Portugal’s Benfica in UEFA Women’s Champions League Group D play on Thursday.

The 25-year-old from Brampton, Ont., opened the scoring off a corner after goalkeeper Carolina Vilao’s attempted clearing punch only sent the ball off the back of teammate Catarina Amado. The ball dropped to Buchanan’s feet and she poked it in.

Buchanan, who has four goals in 109 appearances for Canada, scored off another corner in the 63rd minute — rising high to scored with a downward header.

Fellow Canadian Cloe Lacasse started up front for Benfica.

On Wednesday, Canadian forward Jordyn Huitema scored three goals in 17 minutes to help Paris Saint-Germain defeat Ukraine’s WFC Kharkiv 5-0 in Group B play.

Fellow Canadians Ashley Lawrence and Stephanie Labbe also started for PSG,.

Also Wednesday, Canadian midfielder Jessie Fleming came on in the 66th minute and was involved in Pernille Harder’s 69th-minute winner in Chelsea’s 2-1 win at Juventus in Group A play.

“Listen, it looks like our players are on fire,” said Canada coach Bev Priestman. “I think that (Olympic) gold medal might have helped some confidence.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 14, 2021

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