Brazil ties Canada in Olympic tune-up
TORONTO / Christine Sinclair gave Even Pellerud yet another memory in the Canadian women soccer coach’s last game on home soil. Sinclair’s teammates could not make it hold up, though.
Christine Sinclair scored Canada’s goal, but Brazil replied late in a 1-1 draw Thursday at BMO Field. The announced attendance was 13,554. The match was a tune-up for the Olympics, after which Pellerud is leaving the job.
Sinclair woke up the home crowd with a stunning finish in the 53rd minute. Canadian goalkeeper Erin McLeod took a free kick from near midfield, blasting it into the box and off midfielder Clare Rustad. Sinclair volleyed the ball off of one bounce with a wicked right foot, and it sailed into the corner of the net, past Brazilian reserve goalkeeper Andrea. The goal was the Burnaby, B.C., native’s 92nd for Canada.
However, the Canadians could not hold on. In the 81st minute, McLeod was forced to make a tough save from in close on defender Erika and forward Raquel put home the rebound with a nifty back heel.
Brazil midfielder Formiga, centre, fights for the ball with Canada defenders Clare Rustad, left, and Sophie Schmidt during their international friendly in Toronto on Thursday.