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Canada soccer wins women’s gold medal in upset of Sweden

The Canadian team completed a bit of a Cinderella run to win the gold.

Team Canada celebrates after defeating Team Sweden in a penalty shoot-out to win gold in the women’s football gold medal match between Canada and Sweden on day fourteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at International Stadium Yokohama on August 06, 2021 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

Oh Canada, indeed! The Canadian women’s soccer team claimed the gold medal on Friday in an upset of favored Sweden. Canada won 3-2 on penalty kicks after extra time could not break a 1-1 tie. This is the first time both Canada and Sweden have medaled in Olympic soccer.

Sweden opened the scoring when Stina Blackstenius scored from the center of the box on an assist from Kosovare Asllani in the 34th minute. Canada tied it up in the 67th minute when Jessie Fleming scored on a penalty. In the penalty shootout, Jessie Fleming, Deanne Rose, and Julia Grosso scored for Canada. Nathalie Bjorn and Olivia Schough scored for Sweden. Canadian goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe stopped Jonna Anderson to set up Grosso’s gold-winning shot.

Sweden came into the game as a -110 regular time favorite while Canada was +400, and a regular time draw was +220 at DraftKings Sportsbook. Total goals at 2.5 was priced at under -225 and over +180. Prior to the tournament, Canada was +2000 to win while Sweden was +900. The USWNT entered the tournament an even money favorite.