Thorns FC forward Christine Sinclair played the hero Friday as she scored the game-winning goal for Canada in a 2-1 win over Brazil in the Rio 2016 Olympic Bronze Medal match in Sao Paulo. It was the Canadians' second-straight bronze medal having previously medaled in the London 2012 Olympics.
Sinclair, who started and played the full 90, was a threat throughout the match. In the ninth minute with the score tied 0-0, she expertly curled a free kick that pinged off the cross bar and out of play.
Ooooofff sinc.. Wowzers. That was close— Mark Parsons (@mparsons_1) August 19, 2016
Teammate Deanne Rose put the Canadians on the board first in the 25th minute and the teams headed into halftime with Brazil trailing 1-0.
Sinclair then doubled her side's lead as she made a dangerous run into the box, took a nice cross from her right and slotted it home for a 2-0 lead. It was Sinclair's 165th career international goal and her 11th career Olympic goal furthering her lead atop the Canadian goal-scorers list.
Young players, please watch @sincy12 play. She is just a different class.— Mia Hamm (@MiaHamm) August 19, 2016
Though Brazil pulled a goal back in the 79th minute to make for a tense final 11 minutes, Canada managed to hold firm for a 2-1 victory.
Yesssss congrats @sincy12!!!!! So happy for youuuuuuuu— Lindsey Horan (@Lindseyhoran11) August 19, 2016