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Team Canada qualifies for Tokyo 2020 in women’s soccer

On Friday evening in Los Angeles, California at the Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament, Canada defeated Costa Rica 1-0 and booked their ticket to Tokyo 2020.

After cruising through the first three games, this match was not easy for Canada, as Costa Rica put up a strong defence against the Canadians. The game was scoreless until the 72′ mark, with Jordyn Huitema scoring the first goal of the game, and her seventh of the tournament.

This is the fourth consecutive Olympic Games that Canada will field a women’s soccer team. At both Rio 2016 and London 2012, Canada won bronze.

READ: Tokyo 2020 Team Canada Qualification Tracker

Before the game, Christine Sinclair was given a commemorative jersey and the ball with which she scored her 185th goal to become the world’s all-time leader for international goals.

READ: Looking back at Christine Sinclair’s journey to 185 goals

Both semifinal winners at this tournament will qualify for Tokyo 2020. Canada will face the winner of the other semifinal — the United States or Mexico. The final will take place on Sunday at 6 p.m. ET.