The German women’s national team grabbed a hard-fought 2-0 win over Canada in the semi-finals of the Olympic Games to book a showdown with Sweden.
Despite being considered comfortable favourites before the match, Germany were made to work hard for the win by a well-disciplined Canadian outfit, who went toe-to-toe with the Europeans throughout the match.
Canada had a clear strategy of starving the Germans of the ball and succeeded, ending the match with 58 percent of the possession, but it wasn’t enough to prevent them from losing the match.
After dominating the opening exchanges, the wind was knocked out of them by Melanie Behringer’s 20th minute strike.
The goal helped Germany recover from a slow start and the gradually grew into the game with Sara Dabritz doubling their lead in the 60th minute.
Canada never gave up and pushed until the last minute, but it wasn’t enough to breach the German defence and the final will now be an all European affair after Sweden shocked Brazil on penalties earlier in the day.