Canada’s forward Christine Sinclair celebrates the win with Canada’s midfielder Julia Grosso during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games women’s semi-final football match between the United States and Canada at Ibaraki Kashima Stadium in Kashima on August 2, 2021. (Photo by MARTIN BERNETTI / AFP) (Photo by MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP via Getty Images)
After two halves and two periods of extra time didn’t a determine winner, Canada and Sweden went to penalty kicks on Friday for the women’s soccer gold medal, tied at 1-1.
And that still wasn’t enough.
Both teams kicked poorly in the first stage of the shootout, which ended in a 2-2 tie after three misses from both teams. Sweden’s Jonna Andersson went first in sudden death. Her effort up the middle resulted in an easy save for Canadian goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé. It was Sweden’s third straight penalty-kick miss.
The gold medal then rest on the right foot of 20-year-old midfielder Julia Grosso. She delivered, sending the ball past a diving Hedvig Lindhal to secure Canada’s first gold medal in women’s soccer.
The victory caps a breakthrough Olympics for Canada, which vanquished the favored rival U.S. women’s national soccer team in the semifinal round to advance to the gold-medal game.