On a night Sweden lost its bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics, a heroic display by the Swedish Women soccer team including a penalty save by goalkeeper, Hedvig Lindahl, ensured something to smile about for the Swedes.
Lindahl made a brilliant second-half penalty save that secured Sweden’s place in the last eight where they will face Germany.
“I was so happy, just pure joy, and my teammates felt the same way,” said Lindahl when asked to describe her emotions after saving the spot-kick.
More than 38,000 fans saw Sweden edge Canada 1-0 at the Parc des Princes stadium.
The goal came from Stina Blackstenius, and turned out to be the only goal of the day.
Sweden will face Germany on Saturday hoping not to repeat their 2016 Olympics loss to the same team.
Sweden will be joined in the last eight by the United States the dismissed holders Spain, thanks to two penalties by Megan Rapinoe.