Germany beat Sweden 2-1 in Olymp?c women’s soccer f?nal to take gold medal

Germany won women’s Olympic football gold for the first time with a 2-1 victory over Sweden in the final in Rio, according to BBC.

Dzsenifer Marozsan put Germany ahead at the Maracana with a curling finish, and Sweden’s Linda Sembrant gifted them a second by scoring an own goal after Marozsan’s free-kick hit a post.

Stina Blackstenius pulled a goal back from Kosovare Asslani’s low cross.

Germany face Brazil in the men’s final on Saturday at 21:30 BST.

Canada secured women’s bronze by beating Brazil 2-1 in Sao Paulo.

The women’s football event has been held at only six Olympics, and this was Germany’s fourth medal after they won bronze in 2000, 2004 and 2008.

Sweden reached the final after penalty shootout victories over the United States and Brazil in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively.

Described as a “bunch of cowards” by USA goalkeeper Hope Solo, Sweden’s silver was their first Olympic women’s football medal.