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Saturday Aug 06, 2016. 22:21
Canada Women's national team bagged their second win when they beat Zimbabwe 3-1 in their 2016 Rio Olympics Group F match at Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo in Brazil on Saturday night.
Three goals in the first half, a brace by Janine Beckie and a penalty by Christine Sinclair, were enough for the Canadian side whilst Mavis Chirandu netted a late consolation goal for the Mighty Warriors.
The Canadians now have six points at number one above Germany (who will face Australia later on Saturday) and have now booked their spot in the quarterfinals having beaten Australia 2-0 on Wednesday.
Although the Mighty Warriors came into the match aiming for an early goal to ease their first round elimination, they allowed Canada to exert pressure on their defence.
As early as the fourth minute, Zimbabwe was under pressure as Beckie unleashed a powerful shot but it was saved by goalkeeper, Chido Dzingirai.
However, three minutes later, Beckie found the back of the net putting her country ahead in the seventh minute.
Shadreck Mlauzi's side tried to settle down in the match and moved the ball around but errors at the back gave Canada the advantage.
In the 18th minute, a foul by Dzingirai in the penalty area was spotted by the referee who later gave a spot kick to the Canadians.
Sinclair converted from the spot and made it 2-0 in the 19th minute to give her side an added advantage.
With 10 minutes to the interval, Beckie bagged her brace when he converted in the 35th minute adding more problems in the Zimbabwean camp.
It was 3-0 at half time.
Despite a number of attempts from both sides, the Africans managed to pull one in the 86th minute through substitute Chirandu.
In the dying minutes of the contest, there were no clear cut chances and it ended in favour of the John Herman-coached side.
In the wake of the loss, this year's Olympic participation for the Zimbabweans has mathematically come to an end but they will meet Australia next Tuesday.
The loss is the second for the Southern African nation and they now occupy the bottom of the group with zero points with one match remaining against the Aussies.
Zimbabwe: (0) 1 (Chirandu 86')
Canada: (3) 3 (Beckie 7', 35', Sinclair 19')
Zimbabwe: Dzingirai, Makoto, Majika, Msipa, Mandaza, Kapfumvuti, Nyaumwe, Chibanda, Makore (Kaitano 79'), Basopo (Jeke 88'), Muzongondi (Chirandu 68')
Canada: D Angelo, Buchanan, Quinn, Matheson (Chapman 63'), Belanger, Lawrence, Sinclair, Schmidt, Tancredi (Deanne 61') , Beckie, Fleming (Prince 70')