Mon 02 August 2021 | 12:58

Olympics: Rapino slams on ‘juiceless’ USWNT after semifinals defeat

The tournament favorites and the world reigning champions won’t be fighting for the Tokyo 2020 gold medal after a shock defeat to Canada. Canada will face Sweden in the tournament’s final while the USA goes against Australia.

The Tokyo 2020 gold medal favorites

 dominated over the


17 attempts on Monday. However, they can’t achieve any better than bronze at this year’s Olympics.

Jessie Fleming

's 74th-minute controversial penalty was enough to seal a place in the tournament’s final for Canada, who sensationally ended a 36-game winless run against the United States.

Concerning the Canadians’ penalty, a VAR check decided on a foul by Tierna Davidson on Deanne Rose in the 74th minute.


Canada then kept their lead until the final whistle as Megan Rapinoe did not hold back in her post-match interview when assessing the impact of the result.

"It's a bitter one to swallow. We never want to lose to Canada. I don't think I ever have, so it's a bitter one," Rapinoe said.

"Still a lot to compete for. It's not the colour we wanted, but there's still a medal on the line and that's a huge thing. We want to win that game, but this sucks. It sucks."

Asked why USA had struggled so much to find form during the tournament, Rapinoe replied: "I feel like we haven't had our joy a little bit.

"It just hasn't flowed for us, hasn't been easy. It's not for a lack of effort, or anyone not giving everything they have. It just didn't click for us.

"I don't know if it was roster rotation, I know it's a tough tournament when trying to save people, but our bench is as deep as hell. I don't think we can put it on that, and I can't quite put my finger on it.

"We just didn't have that juice that we normally do."


Canada will face Sweden

 in the tournament’s final while the USA goes against Australia.

source: SportMob

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