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Olympics: Canada wins bronze in women's soccer on Matheson's goal

The Canadian women soccer team celebrate their win against France at the London Games  earning them ...
Today's Olympic Canadian hero is midfielder Diana Matheson who scored in extra time against France to win Canada the bronze in women's soccer at the 2012 Olympics.
The women won Canada’s first medal in a traditional team sport since 1936, it's being reported.
Scoreless after 90 minutes, the game was in the second minute of injury time when Matheson found a loose ball in the second minute and was unmarked when she volleyed the ball past France goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi.
The win eased the pain of losing a heart-breaking semi-final to the United States, 4-3 in extra time, leading to the U.S.-Japan gold medal game today.
"It feels amazing, we felt as a group that we were going to earn this and we did in the last minute," said Matheson to CTV. "Our goal coming in was to be on the podium and we had the perfect opportunity to do that, that is what we were focused on."
Canada's head coach John Herdman said his team answered everything asked of them coming off an emotional semi-final defeat to claim the bronze.
"It was a hell of a game the other night, the big question was could they repeat that? Could they get up again? And to be fair, we wobbled for long times but halfback four, Erin, Desi Scott, they were just remarkable and to see Sophie Schmidt covering the ground, they were posessed," said Herdman, according to CTV.

4 comments

#1Aug 9, 2012 Marcus Hondro
They're a great team, it's awesome they got to the podium.
#2Aug 10, 2012 Joseph Boltrukiewicz
Congratulations, Girls! You are real Gold Winners to many, myself included.
Your Monday's game very questionable hand within the penalty box converted to a goal from 11-metre point by the Americans and their very clear hand in today's game within the same box against the Japanese, not whistled, made me very certain that the American finals in the olympic football were a pure fixup by some big wigs.
It reminds me the case of dirty tricks between Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding several years ago in figure skating during the winter olympics, anybody remembers?
#3Aug 11, 2012 Steve K
Great to see them take the bronze after they were denied the opportunity to go for gold (due to dubious officiating from the referee in their match with the U.S.).
#4Aug 13, 2012 Alexander Baron
An amazing performance; nearly as good as Yorkshire!

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