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Tokyo Olympics: Sweden surprises US in women’s football opening match


The US were on an unbeaten run of 44 games

The Swedish women’s soccer team surprised world champions the United States 3-0 at Tokyo Stadium during their opening game at the Olympics.

Striker Stina Blackstenius scored on either side of halftime, before substitute Lina Hurtig headed in Sweden’s third goal with 20 minutes to go.

The US was undefeated in 44 games en route to the Olympics.

They were eliminated by Sweden, who won silver, on penalties in the quarter-finals five years ago.

Sweden was without Chelsea captain Magdalena Eriksson, while the US started with protagonists Rose Lavelle, Sam Mewis, Alex Morgan, Tobin Heath and Lindsey Horan.

Elsewhere, experienced striker Marta scored twice as Brazil thrashed China 5-0.

Marta became the first player to score in five consecutive Olympics, bringing her tally to 12, while 43-year-old defender Formiga extended her record of participating in all seven women’s Olympic tournaments since women’s football was introduced in 1996.

Team GB got out to a winning start thanks to a double from Ellen White while beating comfortably Chili 2-0 in their Group E opener.

Later on Wednesday, hosts Japan play Canada (11:30 BST), Zambia take on The Netherlands (12:00 BST) and Australia face New Zealand (12:30 BST).



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lindahl
  • 4Glass
  • 13Ilestedt
  • 14Bjorn
  • 2Anderssonis replaced byRowingBee 88′minutes
  • 16Angeldalis replaced byBennisonBee 75′minutes
  • 17Seger
  • 10Jakobssonis replaced byjanogyBee 75′minutes
  • 9Asllani
  • 18Rolföis replaced bySchoughBee 63′minutes
  • 11Blacksteniusis replaced byFastBee 64′minutes


  • 3Kullberg
  • 5Bennison
  • 7janogy
  • 8Fast
  • 12Falk
  • 15Schough
  • 20Rowing


Formation 4-3-3

  • 1naeher
  • 5O’Hara
  • 17Dahlkemper
  • 4Sauerbrunn
  • 2Dunnis replaced byDavidsonBee 80′minutes
  • 16Lavelleis replaced byMewisBee 80′minutes
  • 9horan
  • 3Mewisis replaced byEdgeBee 45′minutes
  • 7heathis replaced byRapinoeBee 64′minutes
  • 13Morganis replaced byLloydBee 45′minutes
  • 11Press


  • 6Mewis
  • 8Edge
  • 10Lloyd
  • 12Davidson
  • 14sonnett
  • 15Rapinoe
  • 18Franchise

Yoshimi Yamashita

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