The USA Women’s team is one of the favorites to win the gold medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics Women’s football tournament. But all of those speculations have now been put to rest. Their hopes were dashed when they tasted their first defeat in the hands of the Sweden Women’s football team in the quarterfinals round.
United States’ competitive campaign in Rio was outmatched by the underdog team of Sweden. The country came out on top over the Americans in the penalty shootout. It happened when Sweden outscored the United States by just a goal, 4-3, in penalty kicks.
The match went into the penalty shootout after both teams are still tied at 1 goal apiece when the extra time ended.
During the penalty shootout, three USA players scored out of the five that attempted for the country. These goal scorers are Lindsey Horan, Carli Lloyd and Morgan Brian. The shots that did not go in the back of the net came from Alex Morgan and Christen Press respectively.
Meanwhile, the four players who delivered the goals for Sweden are Lisa Dahlkvist, Lotta Schelin, Kosovare Asllani and Caroline Seger. But the hero for the Swedish team is Midfielder Lisa Dahlkvist. She is the one who delivered the winning goal for her country in the penalty shootout.
The entire standard time of this 2016 Rio Olympics Women’s football game is actually much tougher than the penalty shootout. This is because the USA and Sweden were not able to field a goal until the second half period of the match. The first goal was scored in the 61st minute by Swedish forward Stina Blackstenius. Their lead did not last long as forward Alex Morgan delivered the goal for the United States right at the 77th point of the match.
Sweden will now advance to the semi-finals round of the 2016 Rio Olympics Women’s football tournament. They will next face a Brazil team that is heavily supported by their countrymen in Rio de Janeiro.
The semi-finals match of the 2016 Rio Olympics Women’s football competition will resume on August 17 CST time.
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