American football players are eliminated in the semi-finals against Canada
W.eltmeister USA failed in the Olympic gold mission in women’s football. Superstar favorite Megan Rapinoe surprisingly lost 1-0 (0-0) in the semi-finals against Canada on Monday. While the underdogs celebrated the greatest success in Canadian football history, the Americans were able to win the most bronzes this time after a total of four gold medals (1996, 2004, 2008, 2012) and the last two World Cup titles in a row. Canada will face the winner in the final between Sweden and Australia and the USA will face the loser.
In Kashima, the Americans were unlucky in the first half, as goalkeeper Alyssa Naher was injured in a collision and had to be replaced. She won the match in the quarterfinals against the European champions Netherlands with three saves on penalties.
Canadian Jesse Fleming secured this role in the semi-finals when she converted a penalty in the 74th minute. The goal turned the game on its head, with the Americans being the dominant team. However, the US remained extremely harmless in the attack. The Rio Olympic champions from Germany were not in Japan.
The US men’s team meanwhile won the Gold Cup final against defending champions Mexico. In the CONCACAF Championship, the American Footballers won 1-0 after extra time on Sunday (local time) and achieved a massive victory. Of the ten tournaments that preceded the 2021 edition, both countries won five. Mexico had defeated the US in their last three games. The decisive goal was scored by Miles Robinson of Atlanta United with a header in the 117th minute. Overall, this was the seventh success of the USA in the Gold Cup.
In the Allegiant stadium in Las Vegas both teams had previously wasted every chance to advance, including several times Matthew Hoebe from FC Schalke 04. Such an opportunity arose in the 71st minute, when his shot in the last minute in the penalty area was spelled and for Angle was shot.
Only two months ago the two teams faced each other in the final of the CONCACAF Nations League. At the beginning of June, the game also went into overtime, with the USA winning 3-2 in the final. Not many key professionals like Chelsea’s Champions League winner Christian Pulisic took part in the Gold Cup.
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