Despite a brave effort, Canada suffered a heartbreaking loss to the United States in the women’s Olympic semi-final on Monday.
Captain Christine Sinclair scored a hat trick to put Canada in front three times, but on every occasion the Canadian women were pegged back as the defending champion U.S. dug deep to force extra time at Manchester, England.
Then, with just seconds remaining after 120 minutes, America’s Alex Morgan headed home the winner to lift the U.S. into Thursday’s gold-medal match against reigning world champion Japan, leaving Canada to pick up the pieces before a bronze-medal showdown against France the same day.
Megan Rapinoe scored the first two goals for the U.S., while Abby Wambach scored the equalizer from the penalty spot 10 minutes from the end of regulation time after a controversial hand-ball call. Sinclair and Wambach are now tied for second all-time with 143 international goals.
The U.S. has now won 44 of 52 meetings between the teams and 23 of the last 27. Canada has three wins against the U.S., but hasn’t tasted victory against its rival to the south since 2001.