Canada secures Olympic gold in football

Canada secures Olympic gold in football
Team Canada rejoices: Thanks to victory in penalty shootout, North American winners crowned Olympic football champions

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Canada is no longer a blank spot on the football map – at least not in women’s football. In the Olympic final in Yokohama, they defeated Sweden 3–2 in a penalty shootout.

In the final decision, both teams showed their nerves: out of twelve shooters, only five scored. The game was 1:1 after 120 minutes.

The Canadians were among the top teams even before the coup in Japan. He won bronze medals at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. In the final, Canada was happier, but certainly not the better team. However, the “Maple Leaf Selection” did not steal Olympic gold; In the knockout stage of the Olympic tournament, he had to eliminate heavyweights Brazil and USA before the final.

The final defeat is troubling for Sweden. The Scandinavians gambled a 1–0 break lead as a penalty for Canada after a VAR interference. After that, Sweden had more and more scoring chances of the game in both regular time and extra time. And in the penalty shootout, the fifth Swede, 36-year-old Caroline Seger, had match point in the foot, but shot from the top of the goal. Sweden has lost a World Cup, European Championship or Olympic final for the sixth time in a row.

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