Christine Sinclair, who struggled along with the rest of her team for a great deal of today’s game once again found the will and the way to lead Canada to a much needed 3-0 win today over South Africa at the London Olympics.
Her 139th goal as she drove home her own rebound off the cross bar staked Canada to a 2-0 lead that brought a much needed dose of relief and some breathing room for her team that up to that point had been struggling to find the killer strike to finish off the game against the 61st ranked South Africans.
Sinclair added the insurance goal in the Levitra 86th minute, finishing up a long through ball that found it’s way through the midfield giving Canada a win and a loss and a goal difference of plus-two going into Tuesday’s meeting with Sweden.
Melissa Tancredi opened things up Canada in just the seventh minute, tipping a Diana Matheson pass past Thokozile Mcdaweni, the South African keeper.
But while Canada opened both halves strong and finished well in control against the tiring Africans there were still plenty of questions to be asked of a team that will require a positive result against Sweden to ensure progression to the quarter-finals.
Job well done but maybe not quite mission accomplished.