Jessie Fleming scored on a penalty kick in the 74th minute to help the Canadian women’s soccer team to a 1-0 semifinal victory over the United States at the Tokyo Games.
American defender Tierna Davidson was called for a foul after her left foot hit Deanna Rose’s leg just inside the penalty area as they chased a loose ball.
Ukrainian referee Kateryna Monzul pointed to the penalty spot after a review. American goalkeeper Adrianna Franch dived to the correct side but couldn’t get a piece of Fleming’s powerful right-footed shot.
Canada will next play fifth-ranked Sweden after they won their semifinal against Australia.
The gold-medal game was set for Friday at the Olympic Stadium, a day after the bronze-medal game at Kashima.
Canadian captain Christine Sinclair had a hat trick in the last Olympic meeting between Canada and the U.S. in 2012, a memorable 4-3 win for the Americans in extra time at Old Trafford.
Canada would go on to win bronze that year and would repeat that third-place result four years later at the Rio Games.