FRISCO, Texas -- Christine Sinclair headed in two goals on either side of halftime to pace Canada to a 7-0 victory over Panama in the 2018 Concacaf Women's Championship final and into the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup at Toyota Stadium on Sunday.
The Canadians, who broke open a close game with six second-half goals, will play the winner of the U.S.-Jamaica semifinal for the concacaf title on Wednesday night. Los Canaleros will get another opportunity to qualify for France against the loser in the third-place match.
Adriana Leon, who replaced Sinclair in the 67th minute, tallied in the 76th and 78th minutes to take the competition’s goal-scoring lead with six. Sinclair raised her international goal total to 177, second only to retired USA striker Abby Wambach (184).
Canada drew first blood on in the 44th minute. The scoring sequence started with an Ashley Lawrence throw-in on the right-hand side. The ball eventually was worked to the left flank where Janine Beckie crossed into the penalty area to Sinclair, who headed the ball past goalkeeper Farissa Cordoba from six yards.
Two minutes into the second half, Canada doubled its margin as Jessie Fleming headed home Diana Matheson's left-wing cross from seven yards.
Sinclair struck again in the 49th minute, heading home Nichelle Prince's cross from the right flank for a commanding three-goal advantage.
Beckie got her name on the scoresheet in the 58th minute, slipping a through ball past Cordoba for a 4-0 lead. Rebecca Quinn put home a rebound of a Prince shot for the fifth goal in the 63rd minute.
Cordoba was a surprise starter over 17-year-old keeper Yenith Bailey, who had been one of the sensations of the group stage.