Canadian Soccer women made history today, when they won a bronze medal by defeating France with a last minute goal.
After an emotional semi-final match agains the US on Monday, there were some questions if the Canadian team would be able to move beyond that game and be a challenger to France. During last year's Worl Cup the French side send Canada packing during the group stage by handing them a 4-0 defeat.
A relatively eventless first half, saw many failed passes and a cautious approach by both teams. The game certainly did not have the atmosphere of the semi-final match against the American neighbour. Neither team had many moves toward the goal and the half ended scoreless. Canada had an excellent chance in the 15th minute on a pass from Rhian Wilkinson to , which went over the net.
The second half saw a different French side, which kept attacking McLeods net. For the most part, Team Canada was able to hold off the French attacks, although there were several shots over the net or near misses, which included a shot on the lower post by Gaetine Thiney in the 61st minute and another hitting the cross bar. As the 90 minutes drew to an end, the game was still scoreless with Canada having had very few chances.
Two minutes of injury time were tagged on in the end and Canada finally started pressing into the French half of the pitch. In the 92nd minute Diana Matheson sank the ball in the net for a 1-0 victory for Canada. Her goal came from a reflection in the penalty area.
Canada's bronze medal is historic as it is the first medal during a summer games team sport since 1936.
Team Canada can be proud of it's performance in this tournament. While the team hoped to do much better than during last year's world cup, a medal and third place in this tournament is bonus. Canada's women have put soccer on the map in Canada. Well done.
The gold medal match goes at 2:45 pm ET between USA and Japan
Canada: McLeod, Moscato Wilkinson, Matheson, Sesselmann, Scott, Sinclair, Schmidt, Tancredi (Timko 76th), Filigno (Kyle 55th), Nault (Chapman 83rd)
France: Bouhaddi, Renard, Georges, Soubeyrand (Abily 53rd), Franco, Bompastor, Delie (LeSommer 60th), Thomis, Necib, Bussaglia, Thiney