TOKYO — Stina Blackstenius scored a pair of objectives and Sweden as soon as once more surprised america on the Olympics with a 3-0 victory Wednesday within the ladies’s soccer event.
The Individuals, ranked No. 1 on the planet and the favorites to win gold in Tokyo, have been using a 44-match unbeaten streak heading into the match.
However Sweden, ranked No. 5, has been the U.S. workforce’s nemesis of kinds in recent times. The Swedes bounced the Individuals from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Video games within the quarterfinals, the earliest U.S. Olympic exit ever.
Then in April, Sweden performed america to a 1-1 attract Stockholm, which snapped a profitable streak courting again to January 2019, when the Individuals 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.
America got here out stale, with its greatest likelihood of the opening half coming within the ultimate moments when Rose Lavelle’s shot hit the publish. Coach Vlatko Andonovski made adjustments 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 Individuals continued to battle. Lina Hurtig then scored within the 72nd.
The loss was the primary for america below Andonovski, who took over when former coach Jill Ellis stepped down following the workforce’s World Cup victory in France.
The Swedes have been with out Magda Eriksson due to harm. The workforce stated she has been coaching, however due to the compact schedule of the event she was held out of the opener.
Tokyo is Sweden’s seventh Olympics. After eliminating the Individuals 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.
America has 4 Olympic gold medals, greater than every other nation. The workforce is vying to grow to be 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 america faces New Zealand. The highest two groups within the group advance the knockout spherical.