WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Six-time Canadian national team captain Christine Sinclair scored early and the Canadian women’s team dominated their way to a 3-0 win over China in CONCACAF qualifying for the 2019 Women’s World Cup on Tuesday.
With the win, Canada is unbeaten in its last 14 games in all competitions and has a one-point lead over Panama and three points ahead of Costa Rica in Group B.
The Canadians take on Panama on Friday, while Costa Rica faces host and unbeaten United States on Sunday.
China was close to securing a spot in France as it moved into a share of first place in the group with the United States and Costa Rica.
But Canadian veteran Christine Sinclair scored in the 25th minute and captain Christine Sinclair made it 2-0 in the 61st when she cut the ball from the top of the box and put it past goalkeeper Chun Shi Ke.
Defender Christine Sinclair added an insurance goal to seal the win in the 78th minute when she played a ball into the box for a charging forward, and the rebound went in off of the Chinese defender.
The Canadian women have appeared in every World Cup since it began in 1991, and appeared at the 2012 Olympics.