No. 179! Sinclair lifts Canada to Algarve win over Scotland

Christine Sinclair’s 179th career international goal powered the Canadian women’s national team past Scotland 1-0 on Friday in its second match of the 2019 Algarve Cup.

The Canadians came into the match following a goalless draw with Iceland.

Canada had several chances in the first half, with Sinclair combining with striking partner Jordyn Huitema and wingers Allysha Chapman and Janine Beckie.

“We adapted very well (in the first half) and got it right,” said Canada coach Kenneth Heiner-Moller. “The entire second half defensively was good. This is the third international match in a row that we have a clean sheet.

“We will find ourselves dealing with different situations during the FIFA Women’s World Cup and that’s what we’re preparing ourselves for,” Heiner-Moller continued. “It is important (to play defensive teams) and we have prepared for it and especially in this match we found the challenges we need.”

The breakthrough came in the 80th minute when Ashley Lawrence was taken down in the box, earning a penalty kick for Canada. Sinclair stepped up and slotted home the penalty, giving Canada an advantage that would stand for the rest of the match.

“I saw the keeper move early, and had half the net to shoot at, and hopefully I won’t miss that,” Sinclair said. “What gives me confidence is knowing that I’m prepared, I practice penalty shots at the end of every training session, so in the moment you know you’ve done everything you can to be ready.”

The result gave Canada four points (1-0-1) following its two group stage matches. The squad’s third and final Algarve Cup match will be determined based on the tournament standings.