Canada wins first gold in women’s soccer
Canada won its first Olympic gold in women’s soccer, beating Sweden 3-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.
Just 20-year-old Julia Grosso converted the winning penalty, repelling her shot with the right hand of goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl.
Jessie Fleming kicked off Canada‘s first shootout, but Ashley Lawrence, Vanessa Gillies and Adriana Leon failed to convert.
Kosovare Asllani hit a post with Sweden’s first kick, and Nathalie Björn and Olivia Schough built a 2-1 lead over Sweden. Anna An saved was saved by Canadian goaltender Stéphanie Labbe and with a chance to win the gold, Caroline Seger placed her kick over the crossbar.
Deanne Rose tied the score for Canada, and Jonna Andersson’s sixth kick for Sweden was saved by Labbe, who dived to his left.
Grosso went on to win gold for Canada, which won bronze in 2012 and 2016.
Stina Blacksteinius gave Sweden the lead in the 34th minute over a cross from Asllani. The 25-year-old forward’s shot appeared to deflect Gillies and just past Labbe’s outstretched right arm.
Blacksteinius’ goal was her fifth and seventh of her Olympic career topping the tournament, which saw her edging Lotta Schelin for most at the Olympics for the fifth-ranked Swede. Blacksteinius has 28 goals in 68 international matches.
Fleming tied the score with a penalty in the 67th minute. Russian referee Anastasia Pustovoitova did not request the penalty early after Amanda Ilestedt slipped into Fleming’s left foot, but the decision was made after a video review.
This game has been moved from the National Stadium in Tokyo to the Nissan Stadium in Yokohama and the kick-off time has been pushed back from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (8 a.m. EDT) due to the sweltering heat. Even with the change, it was 83 degrees at kickoff with 78% humidity. With fans excluded due to the pandemic, the sound of boots hitting balls reverberated around the 72,000-seat hall, the site of Brazil’s 2-0 victory over Germany in the Cup final. male world of 2002.
Suggest a correction