Canada team of women’s football has reached the finals after beating USA 1-0 in Kashima on Monday for the first time at the Tokyo Olympics to play for gold.
Jessie Fleming gave her side the lead through a penalty in the second half at the 74th minute and Canada attained the victory in 2001 after the Americans failed to score any equaliser. Canada will now play the winner between Sweden or Australia for the gold medal.
Four times Olympic women’s football champions the USA were undefeated for 36 matches but the downfall against the opponent Canadians halted their unbeaten streak. America will face among the one who loses in another semifinal scheduled between Sweden and Australia for a bronze medal match fixture.
The last time the US and Canada met at the Olympics was in the year 2012 and the match ended with seven goals combined in an outstanding 4-3 victory for the Americans which they earned after the extra time at Old Trafford.
America had reached all of their Olympic finals except at the Rio 2016 following their defeat against Sweden in penalty shootouts in the last eight. The USA had achieved only one out of four games over 90 minutes in the Japanese capital and dropped behind when Canada got granted a penalty after the VAR review.