Canadian women beat Sweden, but can’t claim tournament

Christine Sinclair at the Yongchuan Cup, PHOTO: CSA

Christine Sinclair beat three Swedish defenders and then calmly scored her 115th career goal for Canada, as our women’s national team defeated Sweden 1-0 in each team’s final game Tuesday at the Yongchuan Cup in China.

The win was Canada’s first triumph over a top-four ranked nation in women’s soccer in just over four years.

Canada finishes the tournament with a ledger of two wins (over China and Sweden) and a loss to the world No. 1 American side. But, the Americans, who lost to Sweden, won the tournament by beating China 2-0 in their final game. All four team entered the final stage tied in the standings, a win and a loss each. The Americans earned a gritty win against Canada, but are still showing the inconsistencies that forced them to win a playoff against Italy in order to qualify for this year’s women’s World Cup.

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