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Canada Beat Sweden On Penalties To Win Gold Medal In Women’s Football At Tokyo Olympics..

Canada have won the Olympic gold medal in the women’s football, coming from behind to take Sweden to penalties and winning 3-2.

Stina Blackstenius put Sweden ahead in the first half with a swept finish from the centre of the box, before semi-final hero Jessie Fleming repeated her penalty-spot composure from the semis by rolling home the equaliser shortly after the hour mark.

Neither side could find a winner in 90 minutes, sending the final to extra time, and despite several scares inside the penalty box for Canada, the Europeans simply couldn’t find a route to goal and penalties were required to split the teams.

There, a series of fantastic saves took the shootout to sudden death, with Julia Grosso netting the decisive penalty to win gold.

Sweden came into this Olympics determined to improve on their performance in Rio five years ago, where they reached the final but were beaten by Germany. For Canada, even reaching the final was a step forward: they were bronze medallists in London 2012 and again at Rio 2016, but had never reached a final in either Olympics or World Cup.

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