Romain Fiore, Media365, published Monday, August 02, 2021 at 4:50 pm.
There was a sensation this Monday in Tokyo with the elimination of the United States, world and Olympic champions, against Canada in the semi-finals of the 2020 Summer Games (0-1). The latter will face Sweden in the final, which beat Australia (1-0).
Thunder bombardment at Kashima Stadium. Indeed, in the first semi-finals of the Olympic Women’s Championship, Canada beat the United States (1-0) and upset the defending champion. After amazing chapters with twists and surprises, this duel was so predictable for a show we hoped was just as promising. Unfortunately, there was not, but surprises continued to happen with the victory of the Canadians, regardless of their dominance. After a dull initial period without a shot on target from either side marked by an injury to American goalkeeper Alyssa Naher, Beverly Priestman’s players staged the perfect heist.
After Stephanie Lappe’s remarkable save twice on kicks by Carli Lloyd (65th) and Julia Eerts (68th), the Canadians were awarded a penalty after a foul from Terna Davidson, who missed the ball and hit Diane Rose’s foot on its surface. Against Adriana Franch, Jesse Fleming did not miss her chance and converted it with force and composure from inside the right foot (1-0, 74). The result that Lyonnaise’s teammates Kadisha Buchanan managed to maintain despite the recent fear after a header from Lloyd veered onto Lappi’s crossbar (86th place). Thus, it is a historic qualification for this team from Canada who will play their first ever Olympic final during the 2020 Summer Games and could win an almost unexpected gold medal.
The second final in a row for Sweden
In the other semi-final between Australia and Sweden, It was the Scandinavian countries that won again by a close score (1-0) thanks to a goal by Fridolina Rulfo. While the Australians had eliminated Great Britain in the previous round in a crazy match (4-3, AP), this time they fell stronger than themselves. And while the Swedes easily beat the Japanese in the previous round (3-1), the first period was very well balanced. Because if Peter Gerhardsson’s players found the bar in a shot from Rulfo, the Oceanians responded well with a good shot from Alana Kennedy that goalkeeper Hedwig Lindahl knocked out of her hatch. At the back, Samantha Kerr was denied goal (41) due to a foul that occurred upstream according to the referee.
Upon returning from the locker room, the Swedish national team scored the only goal of the match after a stampede in the area. In a Filippa Angeldal long shot that was parried, Micah Teijan was stunned and nearly dislodged. The goalkeeper then tried to pass the ball, but it bounced off the crossbar before being caught by Rulfo closely in the opening game (1-0, 46). After that goal, Matildas pushed and tried to come back via Kerr (55th place) or even Stephanie Catley (74), but it was Kosovare Aslani’s teammates who held out to reach the second consecutive Olympic final. After failing against the Americans in Rio in 2016, they will be the top favorites to win the gold medal against the Canadians. Duel on bronze promises to be absolutely delicious.
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