The Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team advanced to Olympic semifinals after defeating Brazil in penalty kicks on Friday. (Photo Credit – Canada Soccer)
Canada’s Christine Sinclair won the toss and chose to kick first after, defeating Brazil 4-3 in pentalty kicks.
After Canada’s first penalty was saved, Canadian goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé made two vital saves to earn Canada the 0:0 (4:3) victory to secure their place in the Olympic Semi-finals, according to Canada Soccer.
“Really proud of the resilient performance that the group put in. They went right to the very end, and I’ve said all tournament that big players step up in big moments, and I had no doubt in my mind in that moment that the penalty was going to be saved,” Bev Priestman, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team Head Coach said.
Priestman further added “Just over the moon, a really great Canadian performance and Canadian moment.”
Canada will play either Netherlands or USA in their Semi-finals match in Kashima on Monday 2 August at 17.00 local (04.00 ET / 01.00 PT), the Canada Soccer said in a statement.
From the Olympic Semi-finals, the winners advance to Gold Medal Final in Tokyo on 6 August, while the losing teams will be playing for a Bronze Medal in Kashima on 5 August.