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Canada beats Costa Rica, advances to Rio Olympics

By Peter Erick Magbanua@dakelsmb on

Whatever the outcome of the finals might be, one thing is for sure the Canada national women’s soccer team is advancing to the Rio Olympics this summer after beating Costa Rica, 3-1 in the semifinals of the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship played at the BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.

The game was certainly for the Canadian side as team captain Christine Sinclair landed the lone goal in the 17th minute of the first half of via an open play to take a 1-0 lead. Then, the 32-years old attacking midfielder saw an opportunity in the 52nd minute as she netted another goal to give the Candians a commanding 2-0 advantage.

Costa Rica managed to make the game exciting as Raquel Rodriguez Cedeno scored on a goal via a penalty kick in the 73rd minute to give her side a morale boost. But all things came to an end as Deanne Rose of Canada placed the icing on the cake with a goal in the 86th minute for the win.

Aside from the win, Christine Sinclair’s performance also made her as the second in the list of women football players with 100 or more international goals. Sinclair now has 161 goals to her name behind USA’s Abby Wambach (184). She is also listed as ninth overall in FIFA’s list of players with at least nine goals in the Women’s World Cup tournament.

Aside from the Canada national women’s soccer team, Sinclair also plays for the Portland Thorns FC under coach Mark Parsons, which competes in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL).

The 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship is a quadrennial international event that determines which teams from the North, Central America and the Caribbean region would qualify to the Olympics.

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