Stina Blackstenius scored a pair of targets and Sweden as soon as once more shocked the US on the Olympics with a 3-0 victory on Wednesday within the ladies’s soccer event.
The People, ranked No.1 on the planet and the favourites to win gold in Tokyo, have been driving a 44-match unbeaten streak heading into the match.
However Sweden, ranked No.5, has been the US staff’s nemesis of types in recent times.
The Swedes bounced the People from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Video games within the quarterfinals, the earliest US Olympic exit ever.
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Then in April, Sweden performed the US to a 1-1 attract Stockholm, which snapped a successful streak relationship again to January 2019, when the People misplaced to France within the run-up to the World Cup.
“Did we anticipate this outcome tonight? No,” stated US ahead Megan Rapinoe, who didn’t begin however got here on as an alternative within the sixty fourth minute with the rating 2-0.
“It is irritating, and it is irritating that it is Sweden. They discovered loads of house on us. I do not even know what number of targets we have now given up this complete 12 months. I do not bear in mind the final time we gave up a objective. So to surrender three is just not nice… It’s what it’s.
“We bought bopped, and we have now two extra video games coming fast and quick. And now we all know precisely what we have to do. We have to win these video games and finally get out of the group and go from there.”
Blackstenius’ header into the far nook off a cross from Sofia Jakobsson within the twenty sixth minute gave Sweden the primary half lead.
The USA got here out stale, with its greatest likelihood of the opening half coming within the last moments when Rose Lavelle’s shot hit the put up.
Coach Vlatko Andonovski made modifications for the second half, subbing in Carli Lloyd for Alex Morgan and Julie Ertz for Sam Mewis.
However Blackstenius scored once more within the 54th minute, beating goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, because the People continued to wrestle.
Lina Hurtig then scored within the 72nd.
The loss was the primary for the US underneath Andonovski, who took over when former coach Jill Ellis stepped down following the staff’s World Cup victory in France.
The Swedes have been with out Magda Eriksson due to damage.
The staff stated she has been coaching, however due to the compact schedule of the event she was held out of the opener.
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Tokyo is Sweden’s seventh Olympics.
After eliminating the People on penalties within the quarterfinals 5 years in the past, the Swedes went on to win the silver medal, shedding to Germany 2-1 within the last.
The USA has 4 Olympic gold medals, greater than some other nation.
The staff is vying to turn into the primary to win Olympic gold following a World Cup title.
Sweden now leads Group G heading into Saturday’s recreation towards Australia in Saitama, whereas the US faces New Zealand.
The highest two groups within the group advance the knockout spherical.
“I do know for a truth you can go very far in a event even should you lose to the USA or whoever you play within the first recreation,” Sweden goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl stated.
“So in the long run I do not know the way a lot it means, however for certain we confirmed the world and ourselves that we are able to play nicely towards a staff just like the US or any staff.”