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Rapinoe and USWNT Knocked Out of Gold Medal Contention After Shock Loss

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Jessie Fleming scored on a penalty kick in the 74th minute and Canada earned a 1-0 semifinal upset victory over the favored United States in the Olympic women’s soccer competition on Monday.

It is the second straight Olympics that the United States has been knocked out of contention for the gold medal match. The Americans were bounced from the 2016 Games by Sweden in the quarterfinals.

Canada had not won against the United States since 2001.

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Canada goes on to face the winner of the late semifinal in Yokohama between Sweden and Australia. The gold medal match is set for Friday at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.

The U.S. team goes on to play in the bronze medal match in Kashima on Thursday.

The Americans, who were vying for their fifth gold medal, had earned a spot in the semifinals on a 4-2 penalty shootout after a 2-2 draw with the Netherlands on Friday.

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But the U.S. team — which has made headlines for its political protests in recent years — had an uncharacteristically uneven tournament, starting with a 3-0 loss to Sweden that snapped a 44-game unbeaten streak, and a scoreless draw with Australia in the group stage.

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