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Canada women win Olympic goldCanada women win Olympic goldJULIA Grosso delivered the game-winning dagger in Friday's gold-medal match against Sweden at the Yokohama Stadium.

Sweden was devastated. Victory ripped away for a second-straight Games.

Canada won 3-2 in a thrilling penalty-kick battle to become Olympic champions for the first time in women's soccer.

After Canadian goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé denied Jonna Andersson's attempt, Grosso scored the winner to end it.

The team went wild, charging Grosso and piling on top of her — dancing, yelling and soaking up the moment.

Canadian captain Christine Sinclair let out a celebratory scream that could be heard throughout Yokohama Stadium.

An explosion of ecstasy blasted through Sinclair, the greatest international goal-scorer ever. It was a golden Olympic moment for the Canadian captain that was 21 years, 304 games and 187 goals in the making.

"What a ride. I can't even describe it," she told CBC Sports.

"This team came here with a goal of changing the colour of the medal and we landed on top of the podium. There's not a group of individuals I would rather do it with. This is the best team I've ever been a part of."

It's only the fourth time in Canada's history at the Summer Games that a team has won gold — the first two times happened in 1904 at the St. Louis Olympics when the men's soccer and lacrosse teams won. The men's lacrosse team defended its gold medal and won in London in 1908.

And it marks the first time a Canadian women's team has stood on top of the podium at the Summer Games.

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