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​Women's Olympic Football Gold Medal: Canada edge out Sweden in penalty shoot-out

Canada won the gold medal in the most dramatic fashion over Sweden after the game had ended 1-1 after extra time then edging a low scoring penalty shoot-out

Sweden came into this game as favourites after being the most impressive team of the tournament and also having defeated Canada 14 times in head-to-head encounters with their opponents registering just five wins over their European counterparts.

But Canada may not have scored many goals in these Olympics but they did know how to dig deep and get the results. For Sweden they failed to take their chances both in normal time and then missing a penalty in the shoot-out which would have seen them claim gold.

Canada started off brightly and Nichelle Prince was only denied by the Swedish keeper Hedvig Lindahl, then Vanessa Gilles headed over. Sweden had a series of corners but it was Canada who should have scored but Janine Beckie was slow to react to a Prince cross.

The Swedes gradually began to assert control and were rewarded when Canada lost possession and from the break Kosovare Asllani crossed for Stina Blackstenius to side foot home the opener.

Early pressure from Canada at start of second half was rewarded when VAR awarded a penalty as Amanda Ilestedt was adjudges to have brought down Christine Sinclair. The referee went to the pitchside monitor to confirm the spot kick.

Jessie Fleming then made no mistake for 12 yards.

Canada almost immediately took the lead but Ashley Lawrence saw her scrambled shot cleared off the line for a corner. From the set piece Fleming hit a rising shot narrowly over the crossbar.

But it was Sweden who should have won the game in normal time when with two minutes remaining the ball broke to the unmarked Kosovare Asllani but her mishit shot was cleared off the line by Kadeisha Buchanan.

Chances came and went for both teams in extra time with Sweden ending the stronger and almost scoring in a goalmouth scramble near the end. But penalties it was for the first time in an Olympic Women's Final.

The woodwork and fine saves kept the penalty scoring low and when Sweden missed their chance to claim gold the shoot-out went to sudden death with Canada's Juliette Grisso scoring the decisive spot kick for her country's first ever gold olympic medal in the women's competition.

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Sweden: 1 (Blackstenius 34)

Canada: 1 (Fleming pen 67)

Canada win 3-2 on penalties

Venue: Yokohama stadium, Yokohama


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