TOKYO — The Canadian women’s soccer team will be in the running for a medal Friday, after they sealed their place in the finals at the Tokyo Olympics.
Jessie Fleming scored on a penalty kick in the 74th minute to help the Canadian women’s soccer team to a 1-0 semifinal victory over the United States.
American defender Tierna Davidson was called for a foul after her left foot hit Deanna Rose’s leg just inside the penalty area as they chased a loose ball.
Ukrainian referee Kateryna Monzul pointed to the penalty spot after a review. American goalkeeper Adrianna Franch dived to the correct side but couldn’t get a piece of Fleming’s powerful right-footed shot.
Fifth-ranked Sweden and No. 9 Australia faced off in the other semifinal. Sweden captured the win, 1-0 over Australia.
Canada will face Sweden Thursday at 7 p.m. PST for the gold-medal game, a day after the bronze-medal game at Kashima.
Canadian captain Christine Sinclair had a hat trick in the last Olympic meeting between Canada and the U.S. in 2012, a memorable 4-3 win for the Americans in extra time at Old Trafford.
Canada would go on to win bronze that year and would repeat that third-place result four years later at the Rio Games.