Sinclair scores, Canada starts Cyprus Cup with win

The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup is three months away and the host country showed good form on Wednesday in a 2-0 win over Scotland at the invitational Cyprus Cup.

Goals from London 2012 Olympic hero Christine Sinclair and highly touted 16-year old Jessie Fleming gave Canada a winning start to the 12-nation tournament.

Canada and Scotland are in Group A of the tourney, along with Italy and South Korea.

Jessie Fleming (left) in action at the 2014 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup last summer in Canada.

Jessie Fleming (left) in action at the 2014 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup last summer in Canada.

By FIFA rankings, Group B is stacked with the sixth and 10th placed England and Australia, respectively, both winning their opening matches. No. 11 Netherlands (a Canadian group opponent at the World Cup) and Finland round out the foursome.

FIFA has Canada’s women’s team ranked ninth in world football at the moment.

Group C in Cyprus features Belgium, Czech Republic, Mexico and South Africa. None of these countries are ranked higher than 25th (Mexico) at the moment, and as per format, are not eligible to win the tournament.

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Only winners of groups A and B have a shot at the top prize, making round robin matches vital. Canada plays South Korea on Friday and Italy three days later on Monday.

Canada has won this competition three times, but not since 2011. Two years ago England defeated Canada 1-0 in the final, and last year finished ahead of the Canadians in group play, denying the maple leaf nation a chance at the first place match.