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USWNT lose Olympic semi-final to Canada



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


The USWNT has 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. Fleming's second-half penalty was enough to see Canada stun the reigning world champions at this year’s edition of the Olympics.


The USWNT did not find a breakthrough in a cagey first half before suffering a setback when goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher was forced off with a knee injury after 30 minutes. There were improvements in the second half and Canada goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe pulled off some good saves.


The Canadians were awarded a penalty through VAR after Tierna Davidson fouled Deanne Rose in the box with 15 minutes remaining. 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 while the USWNT will play in the bronze medal match on Thursday.


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