Christine Sinclair scored her 178th international goal on Tuesday, as Canada beat Norway 1-0 in a friendly at La Manga Stadium in Spain. The win comes in Canada’s first official match of the 2019 calendar year as they prepare for the summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.
Canada, ranked No. 5 in the world, and Norway, ranked No. 13 in the world are both headed to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, so the match was an important tune-up for the tournament.
Sinclair’s goal came in the 66th minute. Jenna Hellstrom crossed the ball into the box and Sinclair found herself open. The Portland Thorns FC forward headed the ball down and to the far post for the game’s only goal. Hellstrom earned the assist just a minute after subbing into the match.
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Sinclair now has 178 career international goals, just six behind U.S. legend Abby Wambach’s record of 184. She also earned her 275th international cap in the match, good for fourth all-time.
Sinclair’s first goal ever, coincidentally, came against Norway in just her second cap.
Before her goal, Sinclair had the game’s best chance in the 14th minute. On a ball served into the box, she scooped a left-footed shot from close range, but Norway goalkeeper Ingrid Hjelmseth was able to make the save.
Canada will next be in action in February at the Algarve Cup and will play Iceland and Scotland in their first two games.