Canada wins Olympic gold over Sweden on Vancouver’s Julia Grosso penalty in women’s soccer final

A journey over a decade in the making concluded with an Olympic gold medal for the Canadian women’s national soccer team. 

Canada defeated Sweden 2-1 in a penalty shootout in the women’s soccer final at the International Stadium in Yokohama on Friday. 

Substitute Julia Grosso scored the decisive goal in the shootout to give Canada the gold medal. 

Jessie Fleming and Deanne Rose also scored for Canada in the shootout, while goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe turned aside two Sweden shooters, and two others missed. 

Fleming scored for Canada in regulation to tie the game in the second half after Stina Blackstenius had given Sweden the lead in the first half.  

Canada went into the tournament with two bronze medals from the previous two Olympics and now have gold to add to its collection. Sweden had to settle for silver for the second consecutive Olympics.

Canada went into the tournament with two bronze medals from the previous two Olympics and now have gold to add to its collection. Sweden had to settle for silver for the second consecutive Olympics. 

It was a gritty performance from Canada, who looked nervous from the opening kickoff and had trouble playing the ball out of the back against Sweden pressure. Too often Canada gave the ball away, allowing Sweden an opportunity to attack on a short field.  

Sweden’s first good chance came 10 minutes into the game when the ball fell to Magdalena Eriksson at the corner of the penalty area and her shot flashed across the face of the net. 

It proved to be a warning shot for Sweden, who lost to Germany in the gold-medal game five years ago in Rio. 

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