For the first time since the 1904 Olympic Games in St. Louis, Team Canada has won an Olympic medal in soccer.
On Thursday, the Canadians received a huge goal from Diane Matheson of Oakville, Ontario who scored on the rebound in extra time of the second half to give Canada a 1-0 win over France in the Olympic women’s soccer bronze medal game in Coventry, England Thursday.
Team Canada has come a long way since they lost 4-0 to France at the 2011 Women’s World Cup in Germany.
However, the Canadian team got their fair share of lucky bounces. The French team dominated ball possession in the second half as they hit the post a couple of times and hit the cross bar on another occasion.
The Canadians scored on their only shot on goal. France meanwhile had 25 shots, but only had four shots on net. The major story was France’s inability to capitalize on their numerous opportunities.
Japan will play the United States for Olympic Gold at 12:45 p.m. this afternoon on TSN in a rematch of the 2011 Women’s World Cup.
With the bronze medal match over, there is still a possibility that FIFA might enforce infractions against the Canadian team for voicing their displeasure over two controversial calls during their 4-3 loss to the United States in the semi-final. According to CBC, a further investigation is needed before they make a final decision.