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Tokyo Olympics: North American rivals Canada and USA battle for ticket to grand finale


North American rivals the United States and Canada will battle for a ticket to the grand finale of the women’s soccer competition in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics when they meet on Monday in the first of two semifinals.

The Canadian women and the American women got to this stage after a hard-fought penalty shootout victories against Brazil and the Netherlands respectively.

Canada have won bronze in the past two Olympic tournaments but goalie Stephanie Labbe says she and her teammates have only one thing in mind - to make it to the final in order to better their three recent Olympics outings.

“I have my eyes set on one thing only, and that is to get us into the final and give us a chance to win that gold medal.

“We have a big group [of players] that were there in 2016 and I still feel that emotion from the semi-final. We have our eyes set on one thing only, and that is getting ourselves into the final. We are going to throw everything at the game to give us the best opportunity to succeed”, Lobbe noted.

In the other semifinal, Australia will clash with Sweden on the same day to determine which country makes it to the final of the women’s soccer competition.
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