Chelsea’s Jessie Fleming was the hero on Friday as Canada claimed gold forward of Sweden and the USA beat (*10*) to take bronze in Tokyo
Football on the Tokyo Olympics is wrapped with 10 Barclays Women’s Super League gamers incomes medals courtesy of a one-two-three end from Canada, Sweden and the USA.
The gold medal match on Friday went right down to a nail-biting finale as Sweden stole a first-half lead earlier than Chelsea’s Jessie Fleming levelled issues from the spot after the break.
Having additionally buried a penalty within the semi-final victory over the USA, the 23 yr previous saved her cool within the shootout so as to add Olympic gold to the league title she with the Blues final season.
Fleming’s heroics additionally earned gold for Tottenham Hotspur’s Shelina Zadorsky, Manchester City’s Janine Beckie and West Ham United’s Adrianna Leon – all of whom performed a vital position within the group’s success all through the match.
Of course the Canadians’ success comes on the worth of Sweden’s disappointment – particularly Fleming’s membership teammates Magda Eriksson, Jonna Andersson and Zećira Mušović.
The trio stroll away from a unbelievable match with a silver medal together with Everton pair Nathalie Björn and Anna Anvegård, who will be a part of their new membership forward of the forthcoming season.
And on Thursday the USA claimed the bronze medal by beating (*10*) in a 4-3 thriller.
Chelsea’s Sam Kerr was as soon as once more on course along with her sixth purpose of the match to attract the Matildas stage however the American then coasted right into a 4-1 lead earlier than Arsenal’s Caitlin Foord pulled one other again.
Ultimately Kerr and her teammates ran out of time which means present Manchester City defender Abby Dahlkemper and a bunch of former WSL representatives together with Sam Mewis, Rose Lavelle, Alex Morgan, Tobin Heath, Christen Press, Crystal Dunn and Kelley O’Hara all crammed the ultimate spot on the rostrum.
She won’t have been current within the closing matches however the match positively felt the presence, and inevitable wrath of Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema as she scored10 objectives in simply 4 video games.
The similar will also be mentioned of Great Britain and Manchester City striker Ellen White, who scored each certainly one of her nation’s six objectives (barring an own-goal) proving she will nonetheless produce her finest soccer forward.
If the Olympics is something to go by, and it’s, the home season will show to be probably the most thrilling season but. Bring it on.
By Tom Dean