United States vs. Canada – Football Match Report – August 2, 2021

The United States women’s national team were knocked out of Olympic gold medal contention after losing 1-0 to Canada in the semifinals on Monday.

Jessie Fleming’s second half penalty was enough to see Canada stun the reigning world champions.

The USWNT have now failed to reach the final in back-to-back Olympics after suffering defeat at the hands of Sweden in the quarterfinals in Rio 2016.

Vlatko Andonovski’s side will now play in the bronze medal match on Thursday.

The USWNT suffered a major setback in a cagey first-half when goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher was forced off with a knee injury after 30 minutes.

They performed better in the second half and forced Canada goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe into good saves from Carli Lloyd and Julie Ertz.

But with 15 minutes remaining, Canada were awarded a penalty through VAR after Tierna Davidson fouled Deanne Rose in the box.

Fleming converted her spot kick and although Lloyd hit the crossbar late on, Canada held on to win the game.

Canada will play either Australia or Sweden in the gold medal match at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on Friday.

The USWNT endured a difficult tournament, starting with a 3-0 loss to Sweden that snapped a 44-game unbeaten streak, and a scoreless draw with Australia in the group stage.

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