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Canada's Janine Beckie controls the ball past Zimbabwe's Rejoice Kapfumvuti during a group B match of the women's Olympic football tournament between Canada and Zimbabwe in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016.
Canada's Janine Beckie controls the ball past Zimbabwe's Rejoice Kapfumvuti during a group B match of the women's Olympic football tournament between Canada and Zimbabwe in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016.

Canadian women make short work of outmatched Zimbabwe in Rio soccer

SAO PAULO — Janine Beckie scored twice and Christine Sinclair added another as Canada dispatched a game-but-outmatched Zimbabwe side 3-1 in Olympic women’s soccer play Saturday.

The 93rd-rd ranked Africans finally had something to celebrate in the 86th minute when Mavis Chirandu scored after goalkeeper Sabrina D’Angelo was caught in no-man’s land racing out for a ball.

The pro-Zimbabwe crowd partied like it was 1999.

Still the win all but assures Canada’s path into the quarter-finals, with one game left in the pool stage — against No. 2 Germany on Tuesday in Brasilia.

The 10th-ranked Canadians opened Wednesday with a 2-0 victory over No. 5 Australia.

Beckie and Sinclair have combined for all five of Canada’s goals at the tournament to date.

Zimbabwe, making its Olympic debut, has now been outscored 9-2 in two games.

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