Jessie Fleming scored a second-half penalty as Canada upset four-time Olympic ladies’s soccer champions the United States 1-0 in Kashima on Monday to achieve the ultimate for the primary time.
Fleming’s 74th-minute spot-kick earned Canada a primary win over their neighbours since 2001 and arrange a conflict with Sweden or Australia for the gold medal.
The defeat ended the Americans’ 36-match unbeaten run in opposition to Canada. The world champions will face the losers of Monday’s second semi-final for the comfort of a bronze medal.
The US and Canada mixed for seven objectives the final time they met on the Olympics, a memorable 4-3 semi-final win for the US after further time at Old Trafford in 2012.
US goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, the hero of their quarter-final win over the Dutch on penalties, required prolonged therapy right here to her proper knee after touchdown awkwardly whereas attempting to gather a cross.
Naeher, who saved a spot-kick in regular time and two extra within the shootout in opposition to the 2019 World Cup runners-up, briefly battled on however was ultimately changed by Adrianna Franch within the first half.
It wasn’t till the introduction of Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd and Christen Press on the hour that the US recorded a primary shot on course, a curling strike from Lloyd tipped over by Stephanie Labbe.
Labbe stopped two as Canada edged Brazil on penalties within the earlier spherical, and he or she produced one other sharp save to maintain out Julie Ertz’s header at a nook.
The US had superior to each Olympic closing apart from Rio 2016, the place they misplaced to Sweden on penalties within the final eight.
Yet they’d received simply as soon as in 4 matches over 90 minutes in Japan and fell behind when Canada have been awarded a penalty following a VAR assessment.
Deanne Rose put Tierna Davidson below strain and the Canadian went sprawling after a tangle of legs, with the referee pointing the spot after consulting the pitchside monitor.
Fleming tucked the ensuing penalty past Franch, and there can be no comeback from the Americans — Lloyd’s header clipping the bar within the closing minutes as their Olympics got here to a tame finish.