Canada rue ‘Gretzky’ moment during FIFA World Cup exit

Canada react after they lost their Women’s World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Canada and Sweden at Parc des Princes in Paris, France. (Source: AP)

Canada crashed out of the women’s World Cup on Monday with a 1-0 loss to Sweden that left many wondering why the country’s most prolific goal scorer was not called upon for a late penalty that would have tied the game.

Christine Sinclair, who has 182 international goals, two shy of American Abby Wambach’s all-time record, stood helpless as team mate Janine Beckie was denied by an outstanding save by the Swedish keeper in the 69th minute at Parc des Princes in Paris.

The miss was quick to evoke memories of the 1998 Nagano Olympics when Canadian ice hockey great Wayne Gretzky was benched during the shootout of a shocking semi-final loss to the Czech Republic.

Moments after Beckie’s well-aimed shot was denied by a diving Hedvig Lindahl, who got both hands to the ball and pushed it around the post, Gretzky’s name started trending on Twitter as fans compared the two incidents.