The Tokyo Olympics has brought about many firsts for Canada. Today, the Canadian women’s soccer team has won its first gold medal in the Olympic games. Canada defeated Sweden 3-2 on penalty kicks in a thrilling finish to take the top spot.
Julia Grosso scored the winner at the sudden death stage. Jesse Fleming and Deanne Rose also scored for Canada in the shootout, while goalie Stephanie Labbe made two saves.
Sweden’s Stina Blackstenius opened the scoring in the 34th minute. Then Sinclair was fouled in the penalty area and the referee, after video review, awarded Canada a penalty kick. Fleming stepped up and scored to make it 1-1 in the 67th minute.
With the score still tied 1-1 in extra time, the game moved on to penalty kicks.
This is Canada’s 22nd medal at Tokyo 2020, matching the nation’s total from Rio 2016 and Atlanta 1996. It was also the first time that the gold-medal match in women’s soccer has been decided on penalty kicks.
Canada previously won bronze at the 2012 London Games and finished third again at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.