Christine Sinclair scored her 169th international goal as Canada came from behind to beat Norway 3-2 in a friendly in Marbella, Spain. With the win, Canada finishes 2017 with a 7-3-2 record.
Canada fell behind 2-0 after conceding first half goals to Ina Gausdal and Caroline Graham Hansen and needed a big second half to turn things around.
And it didn’t take long for the comeback to start.
Canada got on the scoresheet for the first time in the 52nd minute thanks to their captain. Sinclair capitalized on a bad back pass from the Norwegian defense and made no mistake with her right-footed shot. The goal was Sinclair’s 169th career international goal. The Thorns forward is the world’s second all-time leading scorer, and sits just 15 behind the retired Abby Wambach’s record of 184.
In the 64th minute, Dash forward Janine Beckie took advantage of another defensive giveaway by Norway to even the game at 2-2.
Canada took the 3-2 lead just two minutes later. Ashley Lawrence passed to Maegan Kelly (new Utah NWSL team) streaking down the right sideline. Kelly’s cross into the box was right to Breakers forward Adriana Leon, who buried it to complete the comeback.
The assist is Kelly’s first international assist. She made her debut for Canada just two games ago vs. the United States in Vancouver, nearly scoring in her first cap.
The win wrapped up the year for Canada, and was their seventh of the campaign. Their only losses this year were to the United States, Germany and Spain. Canada finished second at the Algarve Cup at the beginning of this year.