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.