Brazil ties Canada in Olympic tune-up

Edmonton Journal - - STATS -

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.

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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.

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