While the Women’s European Football Championship continues in full swing, the finals are already behind us in an equally competitive North and Central America. America won.
Defending champions and reigning world champions held off Olympic champions Canada 1-0 in Guadalupe, Mexico.
In addition to the accompanying gold trophy, the overall win also earned the U.S. women a ticket to the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. Canada is in the bronze medal game after defeating Costa Rica 1-0 in a play-off with Jamaica for a second ticket to Concacaf, the confederation of North and Central America and the Caribbean.
Morgan from eleven meters
Alex Morgan scored the only goal in the final, as FIFA president Gianni Infantino watched. Canadian Allysha Chapman fouled Rose Lavelle and fired past goalkeeper Kylan Sheridan from the penalty spot. It was Morgan’s 118th goal in a national shirt.
With the title, the U.S. avenged a loss in last year’s Olympic Games semifinals when Canada won on penalty kicks in the final to win its first ever victory over its southern neighbor in Tokyo. In the final battle, Sweden was later settled.
Jamaica finished third thanks to a goal from substitute Kalisa Van Zanden in extra time. Costa Rica didn’t go home completely empty-handed, though: the top four qualified for next year’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
The USA has won four of the eight editions since the first edition in 1991.