Germany outlasts Sweden for first Olympic gold

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There was going to be a first no matter who came away with the title but it was Germany that earned its first ever gold medal at the Olympics on Friday after defeating Sweden, 2-1.

It came from the most likely of scenarios but Germany ensured its gold-medal performance by way of an own goal after the hour mark.

Following a well-hit free kick by Dzsenifer Marozsan that struck the post, Sweden defender Linda Sembrant couldn’t redirect her clearance away from her own net and instead knocked the ball in for Germany’s second.

The Germans pressed for an opener, and found the lead just beyond halftime when Marozsán curled her effort beyond goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl in the 48th minute.

Despite the two-goal deficit, the Swedes kept fighting to get back into the match. Stina Blackstenius pulled one back for Sweden in the 67th minute after slotting home Olivia Schough’s pass.

The Swedes found several excellent chances in the dying minutes, with the Germans on the back foot, but Pia Sundhage’s side couldn’t find their coveted equalizer.