Canada vs. Australia score, result, highlights as Christine Sinclair’s farewell ends with win over Matildas

Christine Sinclair’s farewell tour has ended with Canada defeating Australia 1-0 at BC Place in Vancouver on Tuesday night (Wednesday AEDT).

The retiring superstar played nearly 60 minutes in a match that saw midfielder Quinn score the only goal just before half-time, nodding into an empty net after Kadeisha Buchanan struck the crossbar.

After a drubbing in the opening friendly, the Matildas performed better on this occasion, but still failed to get a shot on target across the game.

The Sporting News followed the Canada vs. Australia match live, providing score updates, commentary and highlights as it happened.

MORE: Canada vs. Australia result, analysis from first friendly

Canada vs. Australia result (full time)

  Score Goalscorers
Canada 1 Quinn 41′
Australia 0

Kickoff: 7:00pm local (10:00pm ET / 2:00pm AEDT)
Location: BC Place, Vancouver, Canada

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Starting lineups:

  • Canada starting lineup (3-4-3 left-to-right): Sheridan (GK) – Buchanan, Gilles, Rose (Zadorsky 80′) – Lawrence, Fleming, Quinn (Leon 61′), Riviere (Collins 73′) – Sinclair (Schmidt 59′), Prince (Huitema 69′), Lacasse.
  • Australia starting lineup (4-3-3 left-to-right): Micah (GK) – Catley, Kennedy, Hunt, Carpenter – Gorry (Yallop 65′), Cooney-Cross, Van Egmond – Foord, Fowler, Raso.

Canada vs Australia updates, highlights, commentary: As it happened

FULL TIME: Canada 1-0 Australia

Canada win the second of Christine Sinclair’s farewell matches with a 1-0 win against the Matildas. Quinn was the lone goalscorer in front of a record Canadian friendly crowd of 48,112 at BC Place in Vancouver.

90th min: There will be four minutes of added-on time.

85th min: Only five shots for the Matildas in this match. None on target.

84th min: SHOT CANADA

Leon has pair of shots on goal. First shot is blocked, second is straight into the arms of Micah.


Collins comes on for Riviere and Zadorsky enters the fray for Rose.

80th min: What an amazing crowd here at BC Place. Over 48,000. The second most attended sporting event in Canada in 2023.

78th min: Canada have a wall set up as Australia try to break it down. It’s been an excellent defensive performance from the home side all night.


The Matildas’ best chance of the night. Fowler plays through Yallop after Sheridan’s poor clearance. But Yallop sprays the shot over the crossbar. What an opportunity.


Foord has a go from long range, Sheridan looks beaten, but the shot rises over the bar. That was close.


Jordyn Huitema is subbed on for Nichelle Prince in the Canadian attack.


Tameka Yallop is brought on to replace Katrina Gorry as the Matildas look for more legs in midfield.


Leon plays a delicious ball across the box but Lacasse just can’t quite get there at the back post.


Adriana Leon comes on for goalscorer Quinn.


Christine Sinclair is subbed out a huge applause at BC Stadium. Sophie Schmidt, who is also retiring, comes on.

56th min: SHOT CANADA

A mix-up at the back allows Lacasse space on a tight angle. But her shot is into the body of Micah, who was perfectly positioned.

51st min: Raso springs clear down the right. She tries the inch-perfect pass to Carpenter through the middle, but the ball is too heavy. It needs to be precise from the Matildas. Canada are defending well.

50th min: There doesn’t appear to have been any substitutions by either team at the break.

48th min: Sinclair is played through on goal but Micah comes out to claim at the feet of the Canadian legend.

47th min: Cooney-Cross put in a corner that’s cleared across the goal-line by Canada but no one from Australia is there to benefit. Gorry tries a first-time cross from the far side but it’s disappointing and on to the roof of the net.

Second half: We are underway in the second period here at BC Place.

HALF TIME: Canada 1-0 Australia

A much better performance from the Matildas but Canada lead 1-0 after an Australian defensive lapse. Quinn the goalscorer from a set piece in a late Canada rally. Christine Sinclair’s farewell is tracking nicely for the home fans.

45th min: There will be two minutes of added-on time.


Gilles heads the ball into the net but a foul is blown on Matildas goalkeeper Teagan Micah. Lucky escape for Australia there.

41st min GOAL CANADA (Quinn) Canada 1-0 Australia

From the resulting corner, Quinn heads into the empty net after Buchanan’s shot comes off the crossbar. Australia couldn’t get the ball clear. A disappointing defensive moment for Gustavsson’s team.

Watch in Canada:


Prince is clear down the right wing once again. She has Lacasse in the box. The cross is heading for a Lacasse tap-in but Hunt gets across to clear the corner.


The best chance of the match so far. Prince creates an opportunity, she gets in Fleming’s feet who looks for Lacasse but Australia gets it clear.


Canada are dispossessed in their box. Fowler gets on the ball but she can’t get the pass to Raso, who is free in the area. The ball goes long and Fowler puts her head in her hands.

31st min: For all of Australia’s possession, they have really struggled to break down Canada’s well-organised defence.

28th min: Catley is getting treatment. Looks like it might be a serious injury. Australia playing with 10 currently.


Fowler mesmerises the defender at the top of the box but her shot is wide of the right post. The Man City star looks up for this game.

18th min: Raso makes a nuisance of herself down the right and eventually earns Australia a corner. The set-piece is missed by Canada keeper Buchanan but a foul is blown before Australia can try to get the ball in the net.


Prince clips a shot just wide after the cutback from Lacasse. Matildas have been under pressure in the last few minutes.

15th min: SHOT CANADA 

Lawrence robs Kennedy and sends Prince clear down the right. Prince comes inside and plays to Lacasse. She cuts in but shoots well over the bar. Canada working their way into the game slowly.

13th min: From the Canada, the Matildas counter-attack with pace. Carpenter is played through, she could have gone down, and she gets the cutback but Canada scramble clear just as Van Egmond is arriving. Great play from Australia.

12th min: Canada have their first dangerous attack. Prince is clear down the right channel but is corralled by Kennedy, who eventually concedes a corner.

9th min: Fowler plays Catley through to the left byline but the cross toward Van Egmond is cleared. Another dangerous foray by Australia.


Raso is sprung clear down the right channel. Under pressure, she tries a shot on goal from just inside the box but it’s into the side-netting. A promising start by Australia.

5th min: Australia with all the early possession. A much different start to Canada’s dominance in the first friendly. 

2nd min: Cagey opening. Canada don’t appear to be pressing as high as they did against the weakened Matildas lineup.

Kickoff: The action has started at BC Place … or sorry, I mean CS Place!

Moments to kickoff: Players are making their way out onto the pitch. We are nearly ready to go here.

5 mins before kickoff: Not long until the teams come out here. Expecting a much tighter contest than the first friendly.

15 mins before kickoff: Getting closer to the start of the match. Will a strong Australia team avenge the 5-0 defeat suffered last week? Or can Christine Sinclair end her coveted Canadian career on a winning note?

30 mins before kickoff: It’s 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius) at BC Place tonight with a low chance of light rain but plenty of cloud.

55 mins before kickoff: Christine Sinclair starts for Canada in her final international. Adriana Leon is a substitute.

1 hour before kickoff: Tony Gustavsson has picked a full-strength lineup for the Matildas after their inexperienced team got battered in the first friendly.

2 hours before kickoff: Welcome to BC Place in Vancouver for tonight’s friendly match between Canada and Australia. The stadium has been renamed CS Place tonight in honour of Christine Sinclair’s final match. Kickoff will be at 7pm (local), 2pm (AEDT).

How to watch Canada vs. Matildas on TV and live stream


TV: One Soccer, TSN3, TSN4, TSN5, RDS 2

Live stream: fuboTV Canada, TSN+, RDS App


TV: Channel 10

Live stream: 10Play, Paramount+

United States

TV: Fox Sports 2

Live stream:, FOX Sports App

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