Canada wins Bronze at London Olympic Soccer

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Aug 9th, 2012
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Canada wins Bronze at London Olympic Soccer

Referee Jenny Palmqvist of Sweden (L) looks on as Erin Katrina McLeod (C) Canada’s goalkeeper is assisted to her feet by teammates Melissa Palma Julie Tancredi (2L) and Christine Margaret Sinclair (R) during the women’s bronze medal football match between Canada and France at The City of Coventry Stadium in Coventry on August 9, 2012, for The London 2012 Olympic Games. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/GettyImages)

Canada’s women’s soccer team has captured a bronze medal at the London Olympics.

Diana Matheson scored in the 92nd minute to beat France 1-0 in the third-place game.

The result gives Canada its first Summer Games medal in a traditional team sport since 1936.

Matheson’s goal came after France dominated the second half and nearly went ahead in the 61st minute when striker Gaetane Thiney’s shot hit a post.

Canada had an excellent chance in the 15th minute but captain Christine Sinclair launched a pass from Rhian Wilkinson over the net.

France entered the game having outscored Canada 6-0 in their previous two meetings, including a 4-0 win at the Women’s World Cup.

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