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The Canadian women’s national team said goodbye to its greatest ever player on Tuesday night, as Christine Sinclair played her 331st and final international match. Les Rouges sent out their longtime captain in style, beating Australia 1-0 at Christine Sinclair Place, as BC Place was temporarily renamed.
The night started with emotional pregame ceremonies, honouring the career of Sinclair, as well as longtime teammates Sophie Schmidt and Erin McLeod — who have also announced their retirements from international soccer. All three came out of the tunnel to a guard of honour from the London 2012 Olympic team that the trio were key parts of, as the crowd of 48,112 fans cheered on.
After the anthems, presentations, and photos, there was a match to be played. The cheers continued into the match, of course, with a standing ovation for Sinclair in the 12th minute to…
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