Sweden end USA’s 44-match unbeaten run

United States ahead Megan Rapinoe mentioned they “were given bopped” and did “dumb stuff” as they misplaced their opening event to Sweden on the Olympic Video games.

The arena champions have been surprised 3-0 in Tokyo with striker Stina Blackstenius scoring two times, sooner than replace Lina Hurtig added a 3rd for Sweden.

It ended a run of 44 video games unbeaten for the United States getting into the Olympics.

“I assumed we have been a little bit bit worried, just a little tight, doing dumb stuff,” Rapinoe mentioned.

Sweden have been with out Chelsea captain Magdalena Eriksson, whilst the United States began with key avid gamers Rose Lavelle, Sam Mewis, Alex Morgan, Tobin Heath and Lindsey Horan.

The United States have been knocked out by way of Sweden, who went directly to win silver, on consequences within the quarter-finals 5 years in the past.

US trainer Vlatko Andonovski added: “It is obtrusive we put ourselves in a large hollow, however we are the one ones who can get ourselves out of it.

“It isn’t going to be simple. Now we have were given to get sure ends up in the following two video games, however the reality there’s nonetheless an opportunity [means] I do know this group isn’t going to surrender.”

Marta, Miedema and Sinclair make their mark

Somewhere else, 104th-ranked Zambia misplaced 10-3 on their Olympic debut in girls’s soccer towards Ecu champions the Netherlands.

Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema scored 4 objectives, whilst ex-Gunners team-mate Danielle van de Donk picked up 3 assists.

Zambia captain Barbra Banda additionally scored a hat-trick regardless of being at the shedding facet.

In the meantime, striker Marta scored two times as Brazil thrashed China 5-0.

She was the primary participant to attain in 5 consecutive Olympics, taking her general tally to twelve, whilst 43-year-old defender Formiga prolonged her document of competing in all seven girls’s Olympic tournaments since girls’s soccer was once offered in 1996.

Workforce GB were given off to a profitable get started because of a double from Ellen White as they with ease beat Chile 2-0 of their Team E opener.

Within the different Team E event, hosts Japan drew 1-1 with Canada after Arsenal midfielder Mana Iwabuchi cancelled out Christine Sinclair’s opener. Canada goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe additionally stored a penalty.

Sinclair prolonged the best-ever world objectives document to 187 and was simplest the fourth participant in historical past to succeed in 300 video games for her nation.

Within the ultimate event of the day, Australia recorded a 2-1 win over New Zealand as Chelsea striker Sam Kerr scored one purpose and equipped an help for the opposite.



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