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.