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Canadian women beat Mexico, move within one win of making Tokyo Olympics

Last Updated Feb 4, 2020 at 7:10 pm MST

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Neil Davidson
Summary

Captain Christine Sinclair scored career goal No. 186.

Eighth-ranked Canadians (3-0-0) finished atop Group B.

Canada will now face Group A runner-up Costa Rica (2-1-0, ranked No. 37) on Friday.

EDINBURG, Texas – Captain Christine Sinclair scored career goal No. 186 to help Canada beat Mexico 2-0 Tuesday and move within one win of qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics.

The eighth-ranked Canadians (3-0-0) finished atop Group B at the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship and will face Group A runner-up Costa Rica (2-1-0, ranked No. 37) on Friday in a semifinal doubleheader,

The top-ranked Americans (3-0-0) play No. 26 Mexico (2-1-0) in the other match.

The semifinal winners will represent CONCACAF, which covers North and Central America and the Caribbean, at the Tokyo Games this summer.

Canada has finished runner-up to the U.S. at the last three CONCACAF Olympic qualifiers and is coming off back-to-back bronze medals at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.

Canada, which is 13-0-0 all-time against Costa Rica, outscored its opposition 22-0 in the three round-robin games.

Shelina Zadorsky also scored for Canada at H-E-B Park.

Sinclair, wearing her bespoke Nike Phantom VNM boots for the first time in a game, returned to the lineup after sitting out Saturday’s 9-0 win over No. 51 Jamaica.

The 36-year-old from Burnaby, B.C., became the world’s all-time leading goal-scorer when she scored goals No. 184 and 185 in Canada’s 11-0 tournament-opening win over No. 127 St Kitts and Nevis.