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Canada Won the Gold in Women’s Olympic Football Today

Canada Won the Gold in Women’s Olympic Football Today

After they beat archrivals United States in the semi-finals (live football), Canada won the gold in Women’s Olympic Football today.

Stephanie Labbe was the hero for Canada, to whom 2012 Summer Olympics gold medalists lost (the football news) in semi-finals. Her shoot-out strike saves against opposing finalists Sweden secured the country’s first-ever gold medal in women’s football at the Games.

Following a 1-1 tie with Sweden, Canada won gold in their first Olympic final appearance solely on penalties.

The Canadian goalkeeper, Stephanie Labbe, is to thank for this brilliant penalty shoot-out win because her saves defeated Sweden’s strikes.

Canada Won the Gold in Women’s Olympic Football Today

In this Tokyo 2020 Olympics final for women’s football tournament, Stina Blackstenius put the Scandinavians ahead in the first half.

However, Jessie Fleming equalized for Canada with a penalty kick after halftime. This was when VAR intervened and condemned Sweden for attempting a foul on Christine Sinclair.

Canada’s last-ditch savior was Kadeisha Buchanan, who cleared the ball off the line to send the game to overtime.

It was then, in the ensuing penalty shootout, that Stephanie Labbe’s two saves secured a 3-2 victory for Canada.

Match Report

Sweden’s opener was set up by Kosovare Asllani, who dispossessed Canada midfielder Quinn before passing to Blackstenius. Blackstenius’ first-time effort reached the net by a slight deflection.

Sinclair has 187 goals for Canada and is the all-time leading goal scorer in international football. She nipped in front of Amanda Ilestedt, and Fleming levelled things up with a low spot-kick after consulting with VAR.

Then, with a minute to go, Kosovare Asllani had a glorious opportunity to seal the gold medal victory for Canada.

This was when Buchanan cleared her effort off the line by, though, which sent the Tokyo Olympic final to extra-time.

With neither side finding a winner in the extra 30 minutes, the two teams had to rely on penalties.

A penalty shootout would determine the gold and the silver medalists in this year’s women’s football campaign at the Olympics.

After Labbe’s save against Anna Anvegard, Swedish veteran Caroline Seger had the chance to secure victory with the decisive strike.

However, Seger blasted over, sending the shoot-out to sudden death after Deanne Rose found the net’s top right corner.

Jonna Andersson came up with another stop for Labbe, setting up Julia Gross for the victory.

And indeed, she made no mistake, finding the bottom left corner to seal the gold medal.

This is how Canada’s national women’s football team finally won a gold after consecutive bronzes in 2012 and 2016.

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