Canada's Olympic women's soccer team will face the United States in the semifinals after beating Brazil in penalty kicks.
Team Canada will face their toughest test yet in Monday morning’s semifinal match, as they face the number 1-ranked team in the world – the United States Women’s National Team.
Canada vs. USA Women’s Olympic Soccer Odds
The Canadian side has been priced as +300 underdogs in this matchup against the -125 favoured USWNT.
Canada eliminated Brazil 4-3 in penalties, after going goal-less in both the regulation and extra time of the quarterfinal. They’ll face the USWNT in the semifinal and will be playing for their third consecutive Olympic medal.
Canadian goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé was the star for Canada throughout the match, making several huge saves before the final crucial two during the penalty kicks. Christine Sinclair had the first shot of the shootout, and missed. Labbé made a massive stop on Brazil’s Rafaelle on the final PK, after Vanessa Gilles scored on Canada’s fifth. Jessie Fleming, Ashley Lawrence and Adriana Leon scored the other penalties for Canada. Labbé spoke to press after the game, saying:
“I think just in the moment it was about trusting myself, trusting my instincts and giving myself a chance to make the save. I didn’t want to go too early and I just wanted to be in a position where I could use my power and make that save.”
The Canadian side played spoiler to Brazil back at Rio 2016, when Sinclair scored the game winner for a final score of 2-1, and a bronze medal for Canada.
Team United States
The USWNT also had their game go to penalty kicks, when a 2-2 score remained after regulation and extra time in the match against the Netherlands. Several goals by the US side were called back, giving them a total of nine disallowed goals so far in this tournament.
It was Megan Rapinoe who had the final winning penalty kick, for a 4-2 final in the shootout, after the two teams played to a 2-2 tie. Netminder Alyssa Naeher was star for the American side in this one, making some mind-blowing stops in regular time, including a huge penalty stop, and then winning the game for the States in the shootout by stopping two attempts by the Netherlands.
Samantha Mewis and Lynn Williams scored for the US side in regulation, with both Dutch goals coming from the incredible Vivianne Miedema. Rose Lavelle, Alex Morgan and Christen Press scored alongside Rapinoe during the penalties.