Canada seal Progress to Olympic Qualifying Semi-Finals

Canada has sealed their place in the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying semi-finals as a clinical performance gave them the win. Canada tore apart Trinidad and Tobago, as they managed a 6-0 win at BBVA Compass Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

After a tight start with some solid defensive play from Trinidad and Tobago which kept the Canadians out for most of the first half. The goal finally came in the 24th minute as Josee Belanger sent a through ball for Diana Matheson, who scored her first ever Olympic qualifying goal in her long career.

Trinidad and Tobago went back to defending well after conceding, keeping the Canadians out again, but Canada eventually got back. It was a 44th minute goal from Melissa Tancredi after a great cross from Ashley Lawrence allowed Tancredi to head home from close range.

Christine Sinclair came in to the match in the 61st minute, and just two minutes later she was on the score sheet. A ball from Janine Beckie found the unmarked veteran, who’d made a good run, allowing her to turn, run and shoot, beating Kimika Forbes at the near post.

Youngster Deanne Rose continued to impress and managed another assist in the 66th minute thanks to an impressive back heel. Right on the goal line, she used her back heel to find Kadelsha Buchanan who was able to bury the chance with a powerful shot.

With time running down, Trinidad and Tobago began to tire, which allowed Canada even more opportunities to score. The first came in the 75th minute when Belanger was able to send in a cross for Beckie who was easily able to head home.

The Canadians kept on attacking, and again it was Belanger who was able to set up another chance as she crossed in. This time the ball fell to Jessie Fleming who hit a nice right footed volley to wrap up the 6-0 victory for the Canadians.

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