Both teams surprised the top US women’s football team at the Tokyo Olympics, but only one took home the gold medal.
Canada won the first ever Olympic gold in women’s football in the country’s history with a 3-2 win over Sweden on penalties after a 1-1 draw due to overtime in the championship game.
Canada won the bronze medal in London in 2012 and in Rio in 2016, while Sweden won the bronze medal in 2016 after the Americans were eliminated in the Quarterfinals also took silver.
The Canadian Julia Grosso, a 20-year-old midfielder who plays collegially in Texas, buried the winner of the game in the sixth round of the PKs past the Swedish goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl.
Sweden followed four rounds with 2: 1, but Caroline Seger’s potential mastermind sailed over the bar. Deanna Rose forced the sudden death knell by defeating Lindahl before Canadian goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe turned down Jonna Anderson’s offer for the right post to pitch Grosso’s winner.
The elusive gold medal crowns the 38-year-old Canadian’s career Striker Christine Sinclair, who is the sport’s top international goalscorer with 187 goals. She was usually removed from the game late on Friday.
Swede Stina Blackstenius scored in the 34th minute before Canadian Jessie Fleming equalized with a penalty in the 67th minute. Fleming also converted a PK in the 74th minute of Canada’s 1-0 victory over the USWNT in the semi-finals on Monday.
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