Aug 6, 2021 - Sports

Canada beats Sweden, wins its 1st Olympic gold in women's soccer

Canada's players celebrate after midfielder Julia Grosso (C) scored the winning penatly during the penalty shoot-out of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Canada's players celebrate after midfielder Julia Grosso scored the winning penatly kick at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Photo: Jeff Pachoud/AFP

Canada beat Sweden on Friday in a thrilling penalty kick shootout to win Olympic gold in the women's soccer final at the Tokyo Olympics.

The big picture: It's Canada's first-ever Olympic gold in women's soccer. It was also the first time a penalty shootout determined a women's soccer Olympic gold medal match.

  • The two teams were tied 1-1 after 90 minutes of stoppage time and two 15-minute halves of overtime.
  • Canada earned back-to-back bronze medals in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. Friday's first-place finish gives the team its first gold medal.
  • It's the second Olympic silver medal for the Swedish women's team.

Driving the news: Sweden, who went into halftime winning 1-0, dominated possession throughout the first half of the game, especially so in the opening minutes, Axios' Ina Fried reports from the stadium.

  • Canada tied the game around the 65th-minute mark, taking advantage of a penalty kick.

Historic moment: Friday's game was also historic on another front — Canadian soccer player Quinn became the first openly trans and nonbinary athlete to medal. Quinn won a bronze medal with Team Canada in Rio, but only publicly declared their trans and nonbinary identities last year.

Ina's view from inside the stadium:
Canada's goalie saves Sweden's penalty kick to win gold.
Canadian goalie Stephanie Labbé blocking Sweden's final penalty kick. Photo: Ina Fried
Canada celebrates after winning the gold medal game.
Canada celebrates after beating Sweden in a penalty kick shootout. Photo: Ina Fried

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