Sweden eliminates the United States from the World Cup on penalties
Sweden defeated the United States on penalties 5-4 to eliminate the defending champions from the Women’s World Cup after the teams were tied at 0-0 at the end of extra time on Sunday. Lina Hurtig scored the game-winning penalty kick in a shootout, but US goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher parried the ball on the line, necessitating VAR reviews
Sweden eliminates the United States
Sophia Smith had the opportunity to win the match for the four-time champion Americans, but she blasted the ball over the bar. Sweden goalie Zecira Musovic was named the game’s hero after keeping the Scandinavians in the game by making 11saves before the shootout to put the Americans at bay.
The Swedes, who were frequently deprived of possession, did not have a shot on goal until the 85th minute, when substitute Sofia Jakobsson danced into the area only to shoot straight at keeper Alyssa Naeher.
Megan Rapinoe came off the bench to replace attacker Alex Morgan in the eighth minute of extra time, but the Americans were unable to find a winner. Rapinoe, known for her dead-eye as a penalty shooter, sent the fourth shot for the US over the bar after Sweden’s Nathalie Bjorn had also gone over. Naeher saved Rebecka Blomqvist’s fourth shot for Sweden, but Smith’s missed attempt kept the Scandinavians in the game.
Following the conversions of Naeher and Magdalena Eriksson, Kelley Ohara sent her shot pinging against the right post, allowing Hurtig to step up and knock the champions out of the tournament. The United States, winners of the previous two World Cups in France and Canada, suffered their earliest departure, having reached the semi-finals or better in all eight prior editions.
- Sweden eliminates the United States
- Sweden eliminates the United States from the World Cup
- Sweden eliminates the United States from the World Cup on penalties