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    USWNT vs. Sweden result: U.S. women suffer worst Olympics loss ever, snapping 44-match unbeaten streak | Sporting News

    So far the favorites for the gold medal. he does not. 1 ranked usa uu. the women’s national team was thrashed 3-0 by world no. sweden, ranked fifth in the opening match of the olympic group stage for both teams. and was never close.

    the uswnt, who entered the tournament on a 44-match unbeaten streak, were second-best from kick-off and were completely dominated by a Swedish team that was more aggressive, faster, stronger, sharper and sharper. fresh throughout the field. sweden’s pressing and attacking moves had the us. uu. in disarray and the Americans never recovered.

    Reading: Us women’s soccer sweden highlights

    stina blackstenius scored twice and her second-half substitute lina hurtig added a third to cap a memorable performance by sweden, who had eliminated the united states in the quarterfinals of the 2016 olympics. the americans they wouldn’t take revenge in this case.

    blackstenius headed in a cross from the right in the 25th minute and then rebounded in the 54th minute after a teammate headed in a corner from the left post. Another cross from the right found a wide-open hurtig for an easy header to complete a stunning result in the 72nd minute. Here’s why the 3-0 draw was so surprising: In the previous 12 games played in 2021 , the united states had only conceded one goal: to sweden in an april friendly that ended 1-1.

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    there were two times when momentum could have shifted in the us direction. Rose Lavelle headed in a potential 1-1 equalizer from the left post just before halftime and Christen Press hit the post in the second half, just before Sweden scored their third goal.

    It was only the second regulation loss suffered by the uswnt at the olympics and the most lopsided loss in a major tournament since a 4-0 loss to brazil in a 2007 world cup semi-final. uu. is not in danger of Olympic elimination for now. in the next match they face the weakest team in group g, new zealand, knowing that the two best teams in each group and the two best third parties advance to the quarterfinals. In 2008, the United States lost its first match against Norway (2-0) and won gold.

    megan rapinoe on the loss to sweden: “they kicked our ass, didn’t they? I thought we were a little tight, a little nervous, just being silly.”

    final score of uswnt vs. sweden

    goal: swe: stina blackstenius (sofia jakobsson) – min 25 swe: stina blackstenius – min 54 swe: lina hurtig (hanna glas) – min 72

    (all eastern times)

    final: united states 0, sweden 3

    final: you will have a hard time remembering the last time you ee. uu. the women’s national team was vastly outclassed by an opponent. The Americans have had their challenges against Sweden in the recent past, but this was wire-to-wire domination. much will be made of the us lineup selections and a lack of effective in-game tuning by the coaching staff, but you expected to see an answer at some point, and it never came. that could be the most shocking aspect of a result that will be hard to get rid of.

    min 91: we are in injury time and christen press forces a great save from the swedish goalkeeper. big cross from davidson to find pressure in the middle of the box and the keeper makes a diving save.

    minute 81: substitutions – crystal dunn comes out. tierna davidson and kristie mewis enter the game for the united states.

    min 72: the uswnt goes from almost reducing the deficit to conceding a third goal. incredible. a glas center to the right and hurtig is wide open to head home. Sweden 3-0.

    🥺 poor thing, use it! 💥 powerful header from lina hurtig that could not stop @alyssanaeher 😍 beautiful pass from hanna glas #olímpicostelemundo #tokyo2020 sweden 3-0 united states pic.twitter.com/hcpiaumfso

    min. 71: America hits the post again! pressure rapinoe, which hits the left post, and the Americans do not get to the rebound.

    minute 70: naeher needs to make another save on another shot from sweden. the swedes aren’t afraid to let it fly.

    min. 64: Substitutions – Megan Rapinoe enters the match for Tobin Heath. Blackstenius also leaves the field for Sweden and Hurtig takes his place.

    minute 61: after a shot from blackstenius is blocked by defender uswnt dahlkemper at one end, carli lloyd takes her first shot at the other and it is deflected to the corner. nothing comes of it for the united states.

    min 54: blackstenius doubles sweden’s advantage! A corner kick is headed in from the left post and Blackstenius is there to roof the ball into the door for a 2-0 lead. he uswnt stunned again.

    🚨 sweden continues to surprise! ⚽️ second goal for @sblackstenius in these #olimpicostelemundo 💥 🤯 @uswnt did it for him! 🤯 #tokyo2020 sweden 2-0 united states pic.twitter.com/pcsxj1jtkn

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    52 min: variation on a theme: sweden also exerts themselves physically. Kelley O’Hara has two bodies and was shaken in both collisions. the game has to stop for treatment. she will continue.

    min 48: sweden wants to maintain the attacking momentum and is rolfo shooting a long distance shot that goes high.

    min. 46: Substitutes: To start the half, Uswnt brings in Julie Ertz for Sam Mewis and Carli Lloyd for Alex Morgan. It is Ertz’s first appearance since he suffered a knee injury in the NWSL in May.

    half time: united states 0, sweden 1

    halftime: hard to believe that this uswnt is the favorite to win olympic gold. the United States. the women were defensive from the start and were second best throughout the first half and they are lucky not to be down by two or three goals. the Swedes are aggressive with their pressing, sharp with their passes and frankly they dominate this game. a disjointed and sloppy usage that can’t do anything right needs a sub or two to change the momentum.

    min 45: rose lavelle heads the left post! the uswnt nearly equalized just before the break. diagonal long ball by kelley o’hara and the ball finds lavelle with a firm step in the box.

    minute 43: long ball over the top and blackstenius brings it down beautifully with only the keeper to beat, but she can’t find her balance and misses the chance.

    minute 36: what a long distance shot from jonna andersson and u.s. ‘goalkeeper naeher stops the bent ball right on the goal line.

    minute 31: and the user doesn’t get a chance to speak it during a hydration break. head coach vlatko andonovsky giving his team a pep talk.

    minute 30: another tackle to save crystal dunn’s goal over jakobsson.

    min 26: furious response from the uswnt and tobin heath takes a shot that hits the goalkeeper, but it was offside. rose lavelle started that play.

    min 25: and there’s Sweden’s goal. center from the right and blackstenius heads home in the small box past naeher. sweden rewarded for a dominant start.

    😱 sweden is beating the united states! 🤯 @sblackstenius surprises @uswnt’s defense 🇺🇸 🧤 The goalkeeper @alyssanaeher could do little #olímpicostelemundo sweden 🇸🇪 1-0 usa 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/yezzflnpjb

    23 minutes: He didn’t seem really dazed and can’t seem to recover. two shots in a row from sweden and naeher has to dive low to deflect the ball both times.

    15th min: what an opportunity for sweden! A draw from Dunn turns into a shot on goal from Blackstenius and it’s right on Naeher. dunn’s gift sums up a very uncharacteristic beginning of the us. uu.

    14th min: great save from usa. ‘naeher goalkeeper in a shot by rolfo that went to the right post. another sweden corner kick, but the uswnt survives.

    11th min: a response from the uswnt – alex morgan’s header and a long range shot from tobin heath moments later.

    8th min: crystal dunn with a tremendous entrance in his own area to avoid a shot from close range. When Sweden attacks, it easily penetrates the United States. defense.

    5th min: Sweden with two straight corner kicks and the high pressure is working for them. the uswnt is hot on his heels to start the match.

    4th minute: the uswnt has a hard time clearing a Swedish piece from a set piece in his own area. Finally, a shot from Sweden goes wide.

    2nd min: the shirts are a bit different:

    The #uswnt wear their all white uniforms, while the Swedes sport a more yellow look than they normally do. a reminder that federation crests are not allowed on jerseys during the olympics, so the 4-star ussf logo is replaced with a plain usa. #tokyo2020

    1st minute: and off we go. sweden with the early possession spell.

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    the squad. 🇺🇸 @uswnt // #tokyoolympics // @usa_network https://t.co/bsqvmramrq pic.twitter.com/6sygx4j35w

    4:28 AM m.: scene in the stadium before the start:

    so weird. pic.twitter.com/qyzhlgl6n9

    4:25 a.m. m.: the start is almost here. hymns are playing now.

    4:01 AM m.: the numbers point to that ee. uu. will win, but sweden have played hard against the americans in recent years:

    #uswnt kicks off the olympics vs sweden at 3:30 am ct on usa and telemundo! 🇺🇸 us is 13-1-4 in the group olympics, losing only to norway in 2008. 🇸🇪 sweden eliminated the usa. in pks at the 2016 olympics. 😴 more notes when i wake up…

    3:48 AM m.: la times reporter kevin baxter is in tokyo:

    the @uswnt jumps onto the field as the pa yells “use! USA!” pic.twitter.com/iunckx8lds

    12:30 a.m.: watch this video and you will have all the adrenaline you need to get through the two hours:

    to the best fans in the world 🇺🇸⚽️, thousands of miles & many time zones away, we still feel their energy & Your support means everything as we begin our Olympic journey. now get ready, here we come 👏! 👏 pic.twitter.com/nmcximuyuz

    00:23: first morning with Olympic football. I promise, it won’t be that bad :

    4:30am start m. the next few weeks will have us all like this… cc: @roselavelle #uswnt #tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/zvxtaqfkbl

    uswnt vs. starting lineups sweden

    all eyes are on us. the head coach of the women’s national team, vlatko andonovsky, and his first starting line-up in his first major competition. megan rapinoe and carli lloyd start the match on the bench alongside midfielder julie ertz, who is available as a substitute after a lengthy injury absence.

    Meanwhile, the Swedes are coming out in a 4-3-3 mirror formation instead of a five-defending setup. Defender Magda Eriksson’s surprise absence from the matchday roster appears to be injury-related, while Juventus striker Lina Hurtig starts on the bench.

    more: ee. uu. women’s olympic team roster

    united states

    uswnt starters (4-3-3, left to right): 1-alyssa naeher — 2-crystal dunn, 4-becky sauerbrunn, 17-abby dahlkemper, 5-kelley o’ hara — 3-samantha mewis, 9-lindsey horan, 16-rose lavelle — 11-christen press, 13-alex morgan, 7-tobin heath

    uswnt substitutes: 18-adrianna franch-gk, 12-tierna davidson, 14-emily sonnett, 8-julie ertz, 6-kristie mewis, 10-carli lloyd, 15-megan rapinoe. seated: 22-jane campbell-gk, 20-casey krueger, 19-catarina macario, 21-lynn williams

    sweden

    Swedish starters (4-3-3, from left to right): 1-hedvig lindahl — 2-jonna andersson, 14-nathalie bjorn, 13-amanda ilestedt, 4-hanna glas — 17-Caroline Seger (cap.), 9-Kosovare Asllani, 16-Filippa Angeldal — 18-Fridalina Olfo, 11-Stina Blackstenius, 10-Sofia Jakobsson

    sweden alternates: 12-jennifer falk-gk, 3-emma kullberg, 5-hanna bennison, 15-olivia schough, 20-julia roddar, 7-madelen janogy, 8-lina hurtig . seated: 22-zecira musovic-gk, 6-magdalena eriksson, 19-anna anvegard, 21-rebecka blomqvist

    how to watch usa olympic soccer uu. vs. sweden

    • date: Wednesday, July 21
    • time: 4:30 am et
    • tv channel: usa network
    • tv en español: telemundo
    • tv repeats: nbcsn (8 : 30 a.m. ET and 6 p.m. ET)
    • streaming: fubotv , nbcolympics.com, telemundodeportes.com, nbc sports app and telemundo sports app (with user authentication)

    use vs. Sweden will air live on USA Network and Telemundo at 4:30 a.m. et. The game is scheduled to air on NBCSN at 8:30 a.m. m. and at 6 p.m. m. et wednesday. nbcsn can be streamed with fubotv (7-day free trial).

    more: complete women’s olympic soccer schedule

    all olympic soccer games will be broadcast in usa. uu. on nbcolympics.com, telemundodeportes.com, the nbc sports app and the telemundo sports app, all with user authentication.

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