BREAKING: Canada Beats U.S. Women’s Soccer Team in Tokyo Olympics Semifinal
Nine years after heartbreak and controversy at Old Trafford at London 2012, the Canadian women’s soccer team defeated the number-one ranked United States 1-0 in their semifinal on Monday at the Tokyo Games.
The only goal of the match came off the boot of Jessie Fleming of London, Ont., who converted a penalty kick in 74th minute.
Canada now moves on to play in the Olympic gold-medal match for the first time in the country’s history.
The goal began off a call made from video review — it was ruled Deanne Rose was taken down in the penalty area by Tierna Davidson and Canada was awarded a penalty kick.
Jessie Fleming was cool under pressure, delivering a strike that sent Canada into the championship game.
Despite a late charge by the high-powered Americans, Canada’s line of defence withstood the pressure to send them into the championship game on the grandest of stages.
It marks just the second time ever the United States are not advancing to the championship game. The Americans had played in every final since 1996 except once, in the last Games in Rio.
The famous victory came inside an empty Kashima Stadium on a hot and humid Monday afternoon in Japan. The Canadians celebrated wildly on the lush green-grass pitch, basking in a moment nearly a decade in the making.
Canada now plays the winner of Australia and Sweden to be played later on Monday in Tokyo. The gold medal match goes Friday morning at 11 a.m. in Japan, 10 p.m. ET on Thursday in Canada.