Stina Blackstenius scored a pair of targets and Sweden as soon as once more surprised the United States on the Olympics with a 3-0 victory Wednesday within the ladies’s soccer event. The Americans, ranked No. 1 on the earth and the favourites to win gold in Tokyo, have been driving a 44-match unbeaten streak heading into the match. But Sweden, ranked No. 5, has been the US Team’s nemesis of types lately. The Swedes bounced the Americans from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games within the quarterfinals, the earliest US Olympic exit ever.
Then in April, Sweden performed the United States to a 1-1 attract Stockholm, which snapped a profitable streak relationship again to January 2019, when the Americans misplaced to France within the run-up to the World Cup. Blackstenius’ header into the far nook off a cross from Sofia Jakobsson within the twenty sixth minute gave Sweden the first-half lead.
The United States got here out stale, with its greatest probability of the opening half coming within the ultimate moments when Rose Lavelle’s shot hit the publish. Coach Vlatko Andonovski made modifications for the second half, subbing in Carli Lloyd for Alex Morgan and Julie Ertz for Sam Mewis. But Blackstenius scored once more within the 54th minute, beating goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, because the Americans continued to wrestle. Lina Hurtig then scored within the 72nd.
The loss was the primary for the United States beneath Andonovski, who took over when former coach Jill Ellis stepped down following the group’s World Cup victory in France. The Swedes have been with out Magda Eriksson as a result of of damage. The group stated she has been coaching, however as a result of of the compact schedule of the event she was held out of the opener.
Tokyo is Sweden’s seventh Olympics. After eliminating the Americans 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 ultimate. The United States has 4 Olympic gold medals, greater than some other nation. The group is vying to turn out to be the primary to win Olympic gold following a World Cup title.
Sweden now leads Group G heading into Saturday’s sport towards Australia in Saitama, whereas the United States faces New Zealand. The high two groups within the group advance the knockout spherical.