Germany pips Sweden to Olympic women's football gold in Rio

    Germany's women's team celebrates its first Olympic soccer gold.

    Story highlights

    • Germany beats Sweden 2-1 in final
    • Sweden own-goal proves decisive
    • Canada defeats Brazil to claim bronze

    (CNN)Germany claimed the first half of what it hopes will be an Olympic football double Friday by defeating Sweden 2-1 to claim women's gold in Rio's Maracana stadium.

    There were ecstatic scenes at the full-time whistle as the German bench and players piled on top of one another.
      Although, Die Nationalelf has recorded two World Cup triumphs and eight European Championship wins over the years, this was its first success on the Olympic stage.
      And with the German men's team facing off against Brazil Saturday, it could be a golden soccer weekend for Western Europe's most populous nation.
      For German women's coach Silvia Neid, the success was the perfect sendoff in her last match after 11 years in charge.
      Neid's side opened the scoring just after halftime when Dzsenifer Maroszan delightfully curled the ball home from the edge of the Sweden area.
      The advantage was doubled on the hour mark when Sweden's Linda Sembrant inexplicably lashed the ball into her own net after a German free-kick attempt hit the post.
      But the Swedes weren't done yet and pulled one back moments later when Stina Blackstenius slid in to reduce the deficit.