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