Canada beat Australia 5-0 in a friendly on Friday in the final game of Christine Sinclair’s international career.
Sinclair entered the match in the 64th minute when the score was already 5-0. The 40-year-old was warmly welcomed by a packed house of 6,102 spectators at Starlight Stadium in Longford, near Victoria, British Columbia.
Nichelle Prince scored two goals for Canada in the first half. He took the ball from an opponent in the Australian penalty area before scoring in the 10th minute.
Prince dealt Australia a huge blow late in the first half when he hit the target after a great pass from Ashley Lawrence in the 43rd minute.
Canada returned from the locker room and quickly added three goals. Chloe Lagasse scored in the 49th minute, Simi Aoujo added in the 55th and Adriana Leon added a 5-0 lead in the 62nd minute.
Sinclair, originally from British Columbia, will end his illustrious international career in front of his team at PC Place in Vancouver on Tuesday. This time, he is once again ready for the Canadians to host the Australians in a friendly.
In 330 matches for the Canadian national team, Sinclair scored 190 goals, a combined men’s and women’s international record.
Sophie Schmidt, who will bid farewell to Sinclair on Tuesday, entered the match in the 70th minute.
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