2016 Rio Olympics Soccer Notebook | Christine Sinclair the hero as Canada earns second-straight bronze medal

Christine Sinclair, Canada vs. Brazil, 8.19.16

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.

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. 

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.