Canada won the gold medal in women’s soccer at the Tokyo Olympics, beating Sweden 3-2 in penalty kicks Friday.
“We wanted to create a moment in Canadian history that can change the game forever,” said Bev Priestman, Canada head coach, after the game. “We knew that we were going to get gold and we were going to do anything in our power to make Canada proud and the players absolutely did that. It went right to the very end, but when this group faces adversity, they step up.”
The game was deadlocked 1-1 after normal and extra time, with Sweden’s Stina Blackstenius scoring in 34th minute, and Canada’s Jessie Fleming equalizing from the penalty spot in the 67th minute.
The resulting penalty shoutout went to sudden death after both teams failed to convert three of their initial five penalties. Canadian keeper Stephanie Labbé saved Sweden’s next attempt, setting up Julia Grosso’s winning kick.
“I’m so proud of this team because we had a goal to change the colour of the medal and we landed on the top of the podium,” said Canada captain Christine Sinclair. “We didn’t make it easy on ourselves. But we fought and clawed and scratched our way to the top. It’s an honour to be a part of this group.”
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