After a 1-1 tie, Canada earned its first Olympic gold medal in women’s soccer, In a thrilling penalty-kick shootout, Canada defeated Sweden to win gold in the women’s Olympic soccer competition.
After four attempts, Canada trailed 2–1 in spot kicks, but profited from Sweden captain Caroline Seger soaring her possible tournament-winning effort over the crossbar in the fifth session.
In the bottom of the fifth round, Deanne Rose scored for Canada, sending the shootout to sudden death. Following a save by Stephanie Labbé at the top of the sixth, Julia Grosso converted for a 3–2 shootout win after a 1–1 tie in regular and extra time.
After defeating the United States women’s national team 1-0 in a tight quarterfinal, Canada advanced to the tournament final. It was the first time they have beaten the Americans since 2001.
Quinn, a 25-year-old midfielder, became the first openly transgender athlete to medal and win gold at an Olympics as a result of Canada’s triumph.
After earning bronze at the 2012 London Olympics and placing third again at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Friday’s triumph marks Canada’s greatest Olympic result. It also turns renowned striker Christine Sinclair, who has the most goals in international soccer history with 187, into an Olympic winner.
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