Julia Grosso scored the golden goal for Canada obtaining their first Olympic gold in women’s football, defeating Sweden 3-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in regulation time.
It is Canada’s first-ever gold medal, prior Canada had attained bronze in London 2012, in Rio five years ago.
Canadian goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe blocked Jonna Andersson’s shot before Grosso, a 20-year-old midfielder from the University of Texas, got past Hedvig Lindahl’s glove on the right.
The Swedes, who were aiming for their first major tournament title, will once again climb to the second step of the podium after losing to Germany in 2016.
In regulation time, Stina Blacksteinius put Sweden ahead in the 34th minute on a pass from Kosovare Asllani. The pitch seemed to bounce off Vanessa Gillies and went in from the right, avoiding Labbe’s attempt to reach it.
Jessie Fleming leveled the score from 11 steps to 67 after VAR intervened in a play in which Russian referee Anastasia Pustovoitova ruled a maximum penalty on a tackle by Amanda Ilestedt on Fleming’s left foot and the party went to extra time.
Sweden had won all their matches in an Olympic tournament that started with a resounding 3-0 victory over the United States.
Canada coach Bev Priestman had said her goal in Tokyo was to change the color of her medal, something they guaranteed by beating the United States 1-0 in the semis. They advanced to that round after eliminating Brazil 4-3 on penalties after a goalless draw.