It was a cagey first half at the Ibaraki Kashima Stadium with the blistering Japanese heat making it difficult for both teams, but Fleming’s second-half goal proved to be the difference.
The Canadians were awarded a spot-kick after USA defender Tierna Davidson committed a foul on forward Deanne Rose inside the box. The referee swiftly reviewed and confirmed the penalty call by using VAR.
The Chelsea No.17 stepped up for her country and confidently lashed her penalty high into the net beyond Adrianna Franch. The Canadians saw out the semi-final by defending resolutely to beat the USA for the first time in 20 years.
Australia 0 Sweden 1
The latter semi-final took place at the same stadium with Australia coming up against Sweden for the second time in this tournament. The Scandinavians defeated the Matildas to advance to the final, with the hope now of going one step further than winning silver at Rio 2016 by becoming Olympic champions.
Kerr captained Australia and Eriksson started at left-back for Sweden. Andersson featured in added time while goalkeeper Musovic was not named in the today’s match squad.