Christine Sinclair scores as Canada opens Olympic tournament with draw vs. Japan

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Christine Sinclair scores the first goal for Team Canada during the first-round match between Japan and Canada during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Sapporo Dome on Wednesday in Sapporo, Japan. (Masashi Hara/Getty Images - image credit)
Christine Sinclair scores the first goal for Team Canada during the first-round match between Japan and Canada during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Sapporo Dome on Wednesday in Sapporo, Japan. (Masashi Hara/Getty Images - image credit)

After more than a year of pandemic delays, Canada's women's soccer team kicked off its Olympic tournament with a 1-1 draw against host Japan, who odds makers had as heavy favourites going into this game.

In the 6th minute, Christine Sinclair converted her own rebound from in close after her first shot hit the post. It was the 38 year-old's 187th all time goal, adding to her all-time international goal scoring mark.

WATCH | Sinclair's goal gives Canada an early lead over Japan:

Canada appeared to be in control of this game, before Japan's Manu Yabuchi equalized with six minutes to play.

Group play continues for Canada on Saturday against Chile, and then wraps up on Thursday against Great Britain.

More to come.

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