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Steve Russell Toronto Star

Steve Russell Toronto Star

An emotional Christine Sinclair celebrates as Canada wins the bronze medal beating France 1-0 inthe bronze medal soccer match at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Coventry Stadium in Coventry. STAR

Canadian women’s soccer team wins bronze

The Canadian women’s soccer team shook off the crushing defeat to the United States earlier in the week to win the bronze medal today in a dramatic 1-0 victory over France at City of Coventry Stadium.

It was an historic medal for Canada, the first ever in soccer, and the first Summer Games team medal for the country since 1936 in basketball.

Diana Matheson of Oakville put Canada on the medal podium, scoring a minute and a half into extra time in the second half, taking advantage of a deflected ball, and finding herself facing an open net. She made no mistake, scoring on Canada’s only shot on goal in the game.

Canada managed just four shots at the France net, while Canadian keeper Erin McLeod had 25 directed her way, just four finding the mark.

Ancaster’s Melissa Tancredi was a key member of the medal-winning team throughout the Olympic games.

The gold medal was won by the  United States.

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