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Sweden face Canada in the final of the women’s football at the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday, with the gold medal game taking place in Yokohama.

Both these nations picked up medals in Rio 2016, but neither got the gold they are both searching for this time around – Sweden took silver, Canada the bronze, both edged out by Germany along the way. One of them will be celebrating wildly come full-time on this occasion, however, with Sweden having overcome Japan and Australia to get back into the final, and Canada seeing off Brazil and United States en route to the Nissan Stadium showpiece event.

Team USA eventually took the bronze medal on Thursday after a thrilling seven-goal encounter with Australia, but now it’s all eyes on Sweden and Canada to see who triumphs as Olympic champions in Japan.

Follow all the team news and action between Sweden and Canada in the gold medal match at the Tokyo Olympics live below:

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Tokyo 2020: Sweden 0-0 Canada

First notable shot on goal and it’s Rolfo who curls one in the from the edge of the box, Labbe making a routine save away to her right.

At the other end of the pitch, Sinclair dribbles through the centre but doesn’t make her mind up quickly enough over which way to pass and she’s crowded out by two challenges.

Beckie then races into the corner and crosses, with Bjorn slicing her clearance over her own crossbar for a corner.

Karl Matchett6 August 2021 13:20

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Tokyo 2020: Sweden 0-0 Canada

Eriksson lines up a strike from the left edge of the box and thunders it across the face of goal – and just wide of the far post. Quinn is fouled by Asllani, but Canada can’t make the most of the set-piece and they are just struggling to maintain possession in midfield at the moment.

A couple of corners from the right are well defended, veteran skipper Sinclair heading away the most recent one. Will she get the gold medal she wants so much today? Age 38, record goalscorer, over 300 caps…can’t say she hasn’t put the time and effort in to getting to this stage!

Karl Matchett6 August 2021 13:14

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Tokyo 2020: Sweden 0-0 Canada

Canada’s first foray down the flanks sees Nichelle Prince flying down the right and winning a corner. Those split strikers will be vital for the North Americans, not just as a goal threat but an outlet for the defence and keeping Sweden’s midfielders from all supporting the front line.

The set-piece is met by Gilles, but she nods off-target.

Karl Matchett6 August 2021 13:09

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Tokyo 2020: Sweden 0-0 Canada

Sweden making the early running, a few through balls for Blackstenius to chase down the channels and for Canada to defend. Already their diamond midfield making it tough for passing through the centre for the Swedes, who have been by far the more adventurous side throughout the Games.

Karl Matchett6 August 2021 13:05

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Sweden 0-0 Canada

Kick-off! We are underway in the gold medal match. A huge 90 minutes in store and wild celebrations to come at the end – but which nation for?

Karl Matchett6 August 2021 13:02

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Sweden vs Canada: Tokyo 2020 Olympics final

National anthems time! Sweden first as the designated home team. Canada after. Now we’re ready to go for the final!

Karl Matchett6 August 2021 12:58

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Sweden vs Canada: History in the making

Regardless of the result, history will be made by Canada’s Quinn: After coming out as transgender late in 2020, they will become the first openly trans, non-binary athlete to win an Olympic medal.

The midfielder is keen to keep opening up doors for others by being an inspiration through participation:

“Athletics is the most exciting part of my life and it brings me the most joy,” Quinn told CBC Sports after the semi-final win. “If I can allow kids to play the sports they love, that’s my legacy and that’s what I’m here for.”

(AFP via Getty Images)

Karl Matchett6 August 2021 12:53

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Sweden vs Canada: Route to the final

So, to Canada. They had a slower start than Sweden, without question, but they have really upped their game defensively as the competition has gone on.

In the groups, Canada began with a 1-1 draw against the hosts Japan, then beating Chile 2-1 to put themselves in a strong position to qualify. A late goal conceded against Great Britain meant another 1-1 draw and second place, but comfortable progression to the knockouts.

Against Brazil it was tough going at times, and one of only two goalless games in the women’s football throughout the Olympics (so far!), but Canada progressed thanks to a penalty shootout victory, 4-3. It was a spot-kick once more in the semis which proved crucial, Jessie Fleming knocking in from 12 yards in the second half against United States, which sent Bev Priestman’s side through to the final.

Karl Matchett6 August 2021 12:36

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Sweden vs Canada: Closing in on kick-off

We are half an hour from kick-off in the gold medal match. It’s 8:30pm in Yokohama and the temperature is 34 degrees C, with some rain possible during the game.

The stress levels will be beginning to really rise now in the dressing rooms!

(Getty Images)

Karl Matchett6 August 2021 12:30

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Sweden vs Canada: Route to the final

Sweden have a 100 per cent record from their matches so far in Japan. It started with a wake-up call about their intentions and Team USA being off the pace, with a 3-0 win arguably a kind reflection of the two teams’ performances.

A 4-2 victory over Australia followed, before New Zealand were beaten 2-0 to wrap up a perfect group stage.

Into the quarters, hosts Japan were vanquished with minimal fuss, 3-1 the scoreline as Sweden stepped on the gas in the second half, before a much tighter, more tense affair against Australia in the semis was settled by Rolfo’s goal straight after half-time – even though it was the Aussies who had repeatedly come close to breaking the deadlock just before the break.

Sweden held out, and to the gold medal match they went.

Karl Matchett6 August 2021 12:23

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