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Brazil vs. Canada: 2016 Olympic Soccer Bronze-Medal Game Score and Reaction

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistAugust 19, 2016

Deanne Rose (R) of Canada vies for the ball with Tamires (L) of Brazil during their Rio 2016 Olympic Games women's bronze medal football match between Brazil vs Canada, at the Arena Corinthians Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil on August 19, 2016 / AFP / NELSON ALMEIDA        (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Canada beat hosts Brazil to the women's football bronze medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics, winning 2-1 after a tough and exciting match.

Deanne Rose opened the score midway through the first half, and Christine Sinclair doubled Canada's advantage early in the second. Brazil pushed for a goal and found it through Bia Zaneratto with 10 minutes left to play, but they couldn't find a late equaliser.

Both teams would rely heavily on their veteran stars, with Brazil's Marta and Sinclair of Canada starting. TSN's Gareth Wheeler thought several Canadian stars were likely to be playing their last Olympic match:

Gareth Wheeler @WheelerTSN

This probably is the final #Olympics match for Sinclair, Tancredi and Matheson. Sit back enjoy. #canWNT #CAN

Both teams displayed plenty of attacking intent early, with Marta terrorising the Canadian defence and Sinclair and her team-mates putting heaps of pressure on the hosts' midfield.

Fouls were a regular occurrence in the opening minutes, and one of those almost led to the first goal. Sinclair tried her luck with a free-kick from a long way out and sent a wonderful effort bouncing off the crossbar, with goalkeeper Barbara surely beaten.

Olympian Karina LeBlanc was fired up:

Karina LeBlanc @karinaleblanc

Sinclair hits the post on a free kick. Anyone else's heart rattle along with that post???

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Melissa Tancredi also went close, as she had a header blocked.

Things got a little heated in the 15th minute, as two fouls in quick succession had the players on edge. The Brazilian team were visibly frustrating Canada with some harsh tackles, and Canadian fans and pundits thought the hosts did everything possible to make sure they were punished when they retaliated.

Canadian Soccer News' Daniel Squizzato was not impressed:

Daniel Squizzato ⭐️ @DanielSquizzato

The Brazilian team knows diving is a totally separate Olympic event, yeah?

The match was delayed for a short while to treat an injury to Ashley Lawrence, before Formiga blasted a shot high and wide. Brazil were starting to push up the pitch more, but just as they seemed to be on their way to the opener, the Canadians struck.

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 19:  Ashley Lawrence of Canada stays down after a tackle during the Women's Olympic Football Bronze Medal match between Brazil and Canada at Arena Corinthians on August 19, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Alexandre Schneid
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Lawrence produced a fine run before playing an excellent pass into Rose, who converted from the edge of the box to give her team the lead.

Per ESPN Stats & Info, she made history in the process:

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Deanne Rose of #CAN is the youngest goal scorer in women's #Olympics soccer tournament history (17 years, 170 days). #Rio2016

Rose nearly doubled her tally just minutes later, missing the target from a similar position after some great work from Sinclair. Brazil's response came through Marta, who fired a shot right at goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe.

Canada took the pace out of the match toward the end of the half, and Brazil seemed content to go into half-time with the score as it was.

Deanne Rose (C) of Canada celebrates her goal with teammates scored against Brazil during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games women's bronze medal football match between Brazil vs Canada, at the Arena Corinthians Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil on August 19, 2016 / A
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Brazil started the second half with renewed energy, and Zaneratto only just missed with a header, but just seven minutes into the half, Canada struck again. Veteran striker Sinclair took a nice pass from Rose and calmly slotted home from inside the box, doubling her team's lead.

TSN's Mark Masters loved it:

Mark Masters @markhmasters

Christine Sinclair ... So fitting ... Such quality ... 2-0 #CAN

Brazil's pressure increased even more, with Rafaelle missing a huge chance and Zaneratto faring little better. On the other side of the pitch, Rose hit the post after a clever header from Tancredi.

The hosts had to attack, but Canada kept putting together the better chances on the counter, with Barbara denying Lawrence after 67 minutes and Janine Beckie having a shot blocked by Monica.

Rafaelle was the main driving force behind Brazil's comeback bid, but her team-mates didn't provide her with the support she needed around the box.

Kadeisha Buchanan (C-R) of Canada vies for the ball with Beatriz (C-L) of Brazil during their Rio 2016 Olympic Games women's bronze medal football match between Brazil vs Canada, at the Arena Corinthians Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil on August 19, 2016 / A
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Debinha should have scored with a close-range header after 76 minutes, before Zaneratto finally found the breakthrough with 10 minutes left to play.

Erika missed a headed chance to tie things up, and Zaneratto came agonisingly close with a hard shot that just missed the target. Canada killed the clock in the final minutes, holding on to their slim lead.

Sweden and Germany will contest the final of the tournament later on Friday.

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