U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Lose To Canada: Fail To Reach Olympic Final

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Canada reached the final of the Olympic women’s football tournament at Tokyo 2020 with a 1-0 victory over world champions the United States at the Kashima Stadium.

Jessie Fleming scored the winner from the penalty spot after substitute Deanne Rose was fouled by Tierna Davidson inside the box.

The USA have failed to reach the final for the second successive Games.

The Canucks will now face Australia or Sweden in Friday’s gold medal match.

Having been favourites to win the tournament, Vlatko Andonovski’s US side will battle for bronze on Thursday against the loser of the second semi-final.

Beverly Priestman’s side are guaranteed at least silver in Tokyo, meaning midfielder Quinn is the first openly transgender athlete to win an Olympic medal. Canada and Quinn won bronze in Rio 2016 before Quinn came out in September 2020.

Canada scored with their only shot on target to beat their neighbours for the first time since March 2001.

Davidson’s foul on Rose was initially missed by referee Kateryna Monzul, but the Ukrainian pointed to the pot after the video assistant referee (VAR) showed the Canadian was kicked as they both challenged for a loose ball.

Forward Megan Rapinoe, 36, said: “It sucks. We just didn’t have it today. Just too many errors from us again. Obviously we never want to lose to Canada, I don’t think I’ve ever lost Canada. So it’s a bitter one.

“I’ve been thinking about the whole tournament and we just didn’t have that juice that we normally do.”

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