Olympic Games in Tokyo: “Your most beautiful moment” – Canada women win football gold from penalties
Canada beat Sweden on penalties to win gold in women’s football in Tokyo 2020.
It is a first ever Olympic gold in competition for the Canucks, who won bronze medals in a row in London and Rio.
The game went into overtime after Canadian Jessie Fleming equalized from the penalty spot to compensate for Stina Blackstenius’ opener.
Midfielder Julia Grosso scored the decisive penalty on penalties in Canada’s 3-2 win.
In a game with few chances, the Swede Blackstenius opened the goal in the 34th minute by defeating goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe with her flat first goal after a cross from Kosovare Asllani.
But Fleming equalized from the penalty spot after veteran striker Christine Sinclair was fouled by Amanda Ilestedt.
Referee Anastasia Pustovoytova initially waved off Canada’s appeals, but the Russian pointed to the point after the video assistant referee revealed the Canadian had been kicked from behind as the pair challenged a loose ball in the penalty area.
With the score after 120 minutes, both teams looked nervous as they lined up for the penalty shootout that lacked real quality as seven of the 12 penalties were either missed or saved.
Nathalie Bjorn and Olivia Schough scored from the penalty spot for Sweden, but Grosso won for Canada after Fleming and Deanne Rose also converted their penalties.
Sweden won silver in consecutive Olympic finals in women’s football after losing to Germany in Rio 2016.
Canadian midfielder Quinn is the first openly transgender athlete to win an Olympic medal. Canada and Quinn won bronze in Rio 2016 before Quinn came out in September 2020.
The win marks a first major title for Canada coach Bev Priestman, who was born in County Durham and coached England’s Under-17 women’s squad before joining Phil Neville’s senior team from 2018-2020.
She was named head coach of Canada in October 2020 after previously coaching her youth teams.
The US beat Australia on Thursday in a seven-goal thriller to win the bronze medal.
- 13IlestedtReplaced byKullbergat 120 ‘protocol
- 6thErikssonReplaced byAnderssonat 75 ‘protocol
- 10JakobssonReplaced byQuicklyat 75 ‘protocol
- 16EngeldalReplaced byBennisonat 75 ‘protocol
- 18thRolföReplaced bySchoughat 105 ‘protocol
- 9AsllaniBooked at 104 minutes
- 11SchwarzsteniusReplaced byAnvegardat 105 ‘protocol
- 2ChapmanReplaced byRivieraat 93 ‘protocol
- 11ScottReplaced byZadorskyat 120 + 2 ‘protocol
- 12thSinclairReplaced byHuitemaat 86 ‘protocol
- 5QuinnReplaced bythickat 45 ‘protocol
- 16BeckieBooked at 27 minutesReplaced byLeonat 45 ‘protocol
- fifteenprinceReplaced byroseat 63 ‘protocol
Referee: Anastasia Pustovoytova
End of the game, Sweden 1 (2), Canada 1 (3).
Penalty shoot-out ends, Sweden 1 (2), Canada 1 (3).
Gate! Sweden 1 (2), Canada 1 (3). Julia Grosso (Canada) converts the penalty into the lower left corner with her left foot.
Penalty saved! Jonna Andersson (Sweden) fails to take advantage of this great chance, the shot with her left foot is saved in the lower right corner.
Gate! Sweden 1 (2), Canada 1 (2). Deanne Rose (Canada) converts the right footed penalty into the top right corner.
Missed a penalty! Bad penalty by Caroline Seger (Sweden) with the right foot, but the ball just goes over it. Caroline Seger should be disappointed.
Penalty saved! Adriana Leon (Canada) fails to take advantage of this great opportunity, the right footed shot is saved in the lower left corner.
Penalty saved! Anna Anvegard (Sweden) can’t take this great chance, the shot with her right foot is saved in the top left corner.
Missed a penalty! Still Sweden 1 (2), Canada 1 (1). Vanessa Gilles (Canada) hits the bar with her right footed shot.
Gate! Sweden 1 (2), Canada 1 (1). Olivia Schough (Sweden) converts a right footed penalty into the lower left corner.
Penalty saved! Ashley Lawrence (Canada) does not take advantage of this great chance, the shot with the right foot is held in the center of the goal.
Gate! Sweden 1 (1), Canada 1 (1). Nathalie Björn (Sweden) converts the penalty with her right foot into the top left corner.
Gate! Sweden 1, Canada 1 (1). Jessie Fleming (Canada) converts a right footed penalty to the lower left corner.
Missed a penalty! Stand: Sweden 1, Canada 1. Kosovare Asllani (Sweden) hits the right post with a right footed shot.
Penalty shoot-out starts Sweden 1, Canada 1.
Second half extra time ends, Sweden 1, Canada 1.
Replacement, Canada. Shelina Zadorsky replaces Desiree Scott.
Caroline Seger (Sweden) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jordyn Huitema (Canada).
Replacement, Sweden. Emma Kullberg replaces Amanda Ilestedt.