Team Canada defeated Team USA in women’s soccer in Tokyo Olympics.
The Canadians won 1-0 with a 23-year-old Jesse Fleming penalty kick after 74 minutes of play. The Americans pushed towards goal, but despite numerous pleas from the Canadians, they were unable to score a point before time ran out.
Canada faces Sweden for gold at 10 PM ET on Thursday (11 AM Tokyo time on Friday). The United States will play the bronze medal against Australia earlier on Thursday.
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The team faced a difficult road to the semi-finals, as they beat Brazil on penalties after a goalless match.
Fleming’s penalty kick against the United States came after a review by Ukrainian referee Katerina Monzul. American defender Terna Davidson was called up for a foul after her left foot hit Diana Rose’s leg inside the penalty area while they were chasing a loose ball.
“It’s been a long time since these guys got beaten up,” Fleming said.
“We want to get the gold now, but it’s really cool to put our flag on the map,” she said.
– With files from the Canadian press and Reuters
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