Canada have won the Olympic gold medal in women’s football by beating Sweden 3-2 on penalties after the final ended 1-1 following 90 minutes and extra time.

Julia Grosso kept her cool with the decisive penalty in sudden death on Friday to give Canada their first-ever gold in Olympic football after bronze medals at London and Rio.

Sweden, conquerors of Australia in the semi-final, went ahead in the 34th minute through Stina Blackstenius, who steered home after Kosovare Asllani squared the ball.

But Canada drew level with a Jesse Fleming penalty in the 67th minute after the referee went to the pitchside monitor and ruled that Swedish defender Amanda Ilestedt had brought down Canada striker Christine Sinclair.

Sweden dominated for the remainder of normal time and the 30 minutes of extra time, but failed to turn the pressure into efforts on goal.

The United States won the bronze medal on Thursday with victory over the Matildas.

Canada women win shootout for soccer gold
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