USWNT lose to Canada in semi-final at Tokyo Olympics

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Jessie Fleming’s second-half penalty decided the game as Canada defeated the United States for the first time in 20 years.

The USWNT aimed to become the first reigning FIFA World Cup champion to win a gold medal in women’s football.

“It sucks,” said US forward Megan Rapinoe after Monday’s loss. “Obviously you never want to lose. You never want to lose in a world championship, you never want to lose to Canada obviously, and you never want to lose by playing like we did.

“Every player in the locker room has 100 things that we would all like to do better and that’s the most frustrating thing for all of us. It’s sad because these things only happen once in a while. swallow. “

With the victory, Canadian midfielder Quinn – the first openly trans, non-binary athlete – is guaranteed to win a medal at the Olympics.

Canada will face Sweden in Friday’s gold medal match after the European team won a 1-0 victory over Australia later on Monday.

Forward Fridolina Rolfo hit the winner in the 46th minute to send Sweden to their second consecutive final.

Five years ago, at the Rio Games, Sweden were beaten 2-1 by Germany in the final.

Kelley O'Hara, left, chats with teammate Lindsey Horan after the USWNT loss.
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‘Go here and there’

“Football always needs joy, when the game is really being played at its best you have it. I feel like we couldn’t do it,” Rapinoe added as she thought more about it. to the defeat of the USWNT.

“Everything was a bit difficult, going here and there. Hope we find it, I like to play with a big smile on my face, I think everyone else is doing it too.”

“We have a lot to play, there is a medal at stake and that says it all, whatever color it is,” added Rapinoe, referring to Thursday’s bronze medal game against Australia.

“I think we (the players) have to look at each other and perform better, period,” she added. “We don’t have the juice because the ball hits our shins, and we don’t find open passes, don’t make it simple.

“We can dive deep into the analysis, but there’s all the preparation and analysis you can do and all the tactics – and then there’s everything else.

“You can’t put a name on everything else, but that’s what we were missing. It’s just that the players do it, and the players know it.

“We’re going to bounce back, and that will improve each of those players in the locker room.”

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