Kansas City, Missouri 2021-08-02 07:06:57 –
Kashima, Japan (AP) — Jessie Fleming scored a penalty kick in the 74th minute and Canada defeated the United States in the 1-0 semifinal at the Olympic Women’s Soccer Tournament on Monday.
Canada will face the winner of the semi-finals in Yokohama between Sweden and Australia. The gold medal match will be held on Friday at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.
It was the second consecutive Olympic Games that the United States was knocked out of the fight in a gold medal match.
Americans were bounced off the 2016 game by Sweden in the quarterfinals. The US team will be competing in a bronze medal match in Kashima on Thursday.
Canada has not beat the United States since 2001.
The American, who was competing for the fifth gold medal, won the spot in the semifinals in a 4-2 penalty shootout after drawing 2-2 with the Netherlands on Friday.
However, the United States held a featureless, non-uniform tournament, starting with a 3-0 defeat to Sweden, which recorded 44 undefeated consecutive wins, and an unscored draw with Australia on the group stage.
After no goals in the first half, Canada rose 1-0 in the 74th minute with a Fleming penalty against back-up US goalkeeper Adrianna Franch.
Carli Lloyd hit the crossbar in the 86th minute. After the match, Lloyd held his head and knelt on the grass.
Start goalkeeper Alyssa Naehar clumsyly landed in front of the goal in the 20th minute, aiming for the ball.
Neihar was attended by the trainer for about 5 minutes while the backup Franche warmed up. She tried to stay in the game, but Neihar couldn’t continue and Franche joined the game in the 30th minute.
Neihar was the key to defeating the Netherlands in the quarterfinals, winning two more with a regulatory penalty save and a decisive shootout.
Overall, the United States is 51-4-7 against Canada. The most recent meeting was the US 1-0 victory at the SheBelieves Cup in February.
The last Olympic Games dated back to 2012 and was an extra time controversial semi-final match. Canadian star Christine Sinclair scored three goals, but in the 123rd minute the United States won Alex Morgan’s heading shot 4-3.
The controversy arose from a suspicious call, including a rare six-second breach against Canadian goalkeeper Erin McLeod later in the regulation — touching on the sequence that resulted in the tying goal.
Canada advanced 4-3 in the penalty shootout after making a scoreless draw with Brazil in this tournament. Canadians have won bronze medals in the last two Olympics.
The United States was already ahead of the Rio game in Japan when the team was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Sweden.
Director Vratko Andnovsky was creative in his lineup throughout the tournament. On Monday, the original alternative, Lynn Williams, launched his second straight game. Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe and Sam Mewis started on the bench.
Rapinoe took a game clinch penalty kick against the Netherlands. She came early in the second half with Lloyd and Christen Press.
Lloyd fired in the 65th minute, forcing Canadian goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe to leap over the crossbar. After a while, as the United States increased pressure, Love stopped Julie Ertz’s head from the corner of Rapinoe.
The success of Fleming’s penalty has cooled the momentum of Americans.
Canada has launched Sinclair, the best international goal scorer ever among men or women with 187 goals.
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