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Canada wins gold medal in women's soccer against Sweden in penalty kicks

It’s the first-ever Olympic title for the Canadian women’s soccer team.
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Canada's Jessie Fleming scores on a penalty kick past Sweden keeper Hedvig Lindahl during the women's soccer gold medal game at the Tokyo Olympics in Yokohama, Japan on Friday, August 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

The Canadian women’s soccer team is celebrating an Olympic title at the Tokyo Games.

Canada defeated Sweden 3-2 on penalty kicks to win the gold medal after the teams finished extra time tied at one.

After Canadian goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe denied Jonna Andersson’s attempt, Julia Grosso scored the winner to end it.

Sweden’s Stina Blackstenius opened the scoring in the 34th minute but Jessie Fleming equalized from the penalty spot in the 67th minute.

It’s the first-ever Olympic title for the Canadian women’s soccer team.

Canada won bronze at the 2012 London Games and finished third again at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

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