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World champion USA – Olympia after the penalty thriller in the Olympic semifinals

American women enjoy semifinals. © APA / afp / JEFF PACHOUD

World champions USA, Sweden, Australia and Canada are in the semifinals of the Olympic women’s football tournament.

The Americans beat European champions the Netherlands 4-2 on Friday. After regular game time and 120 minutes it was 2-2. Two more quarterfinals were decided late. Canada beat Brazil 4-3 on penalties and Australia beat Great Britain 4-3 in extra time.

Sweden sat alone after 90 minutes, with the Scandinavians finishing the match 3-1 with Japan. In the semifinals next Monday, the United States will face Canada, while Sweden will face Australia.

The British were in the semifinals against Australia before Samantha Kerr scored 2-2 in the 89th minute. The attacker then scored a solid goal 4: 2. Ellen White’s three goals were too short for Great Britain, and Caroline Weir missed a penalty in extra time. Canada ended without a goal against Brazil, with goalkeeper Stephanie Lappe then saving two attempts by the South Americans in a penalty shoot-out.

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