US girls’s soccer group falls within the Olympic opener in opposition to Sweden
The US women’s soccer team was defeated in their Olympic opener on Wednesday by Sweden, the same opponent they were eliminated from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.
The Swedish team beat the Americans 3-0, a devastating start for the reigning world champion. The team hadn’t lost a game since January 2019, but the breathtaking excitement on Wednesday in front of an empty stadium ended that 44-game streak.
Stina Blackstenius scored one goal for Sweden in each half, one in the 25th and another in the 54th minute. Lina Hurtig rounded off the game with a final goal in the 72nd minute and sealed the Swedes’ victory.
Before the rematch, US defender Becky Sauerbrunn said on Tuesday that the 2016 loss to Sweden was “one of the worst results the senior team has achieved in a major tournament”.
“From that game I know how disappointed we all were,” she said. “And for me it lit a fire.”
After the game on Wednesday evening, Sauerbrunn said she believed the team could still bring home gold.
“Bad night tonight so we have a lot of work to do,” she said. “But I believe we can do it.”
The United States came to the Tokyo Games in the hope of becoming the first women’s team to win Olympic gold after winning the World Cup. The defeat on Wednesday makes it even more difficult.
The USA will play against New Zealand on Saturday.