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Diana Matheson

A key part of the Canada women's football team for more than 13 years, midfielder Diana Matheson has played at three Olympic Games and four FIFA Women's World Cups.

She was the scorer of the injury-time winning goal that earned her side bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Games, and helped them repeat that performance at Rio 2016.

The diminutive Matheson made her international debut in March 2003, scoring her first goal for her country in a friendly against Mexico a few months later.

At Beijing 2008, she helped Canada to the Quarter-Finals where they were beaten by the United States in extra time.

The two neighbours were reunited at London 2012, this time in the Semi-Final. Matheson's side had led three times, thanks to a Christine Sinclair hat-trick, in one of the great Olympic Games matches. But once again it went to extra time and looked on course to go to penalties, until Alex Morgan's 123rd-minute winner.

Canada recovered from the disappointment to edge out France in the bronze medal match, Matheson following up Sophie Schmidt's blocked shot to slide in the winner.

They met again at Rio 2016, in the Quarter-Finals, with the same end result. Canada ended up losing 2-0 to Germany in the last four but beat the hosts Brazil in Sao Paulo to take another bronze.

Matheson was part of the squad that finished fourth at the 2003 Women's World Cup, and helped Canada to the quarter-finals in 2015, where they lost to England.


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