Sweden routed the US ladies’s nationwide workforce 3-0 of their Tokyo 2020 Olympic opener, with Stina Blackstenius scoring twice and Lina Hurtig including additional ache in opposition to the pre-tournament favorites. </p><div><p>The US headed into this 12 months’s delayed Video games boasting a lot of the squad which claimed World Cup glory in France in 2019, with the likes of Alex Morgan beginning in opposition to Sweden and social justice soccer queen Megan Rapinoe on the substitutes’ bench.
The People have been additionally out for revenge after being knocked out by the Swedes on penalties within the quarter-finals of the final Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
However in entrance of empty stands on the Tokyo Stadium, it was the Swedes who ran riot within the opening recreation in Group G.
Blackstenius opened the scoring within the twenty fifth minute when she glanced a header throughout objective and into the web from a Sofia Jakobsson cross.
🇸🇪 Merecía el gol Suecia, dominio, generando numerosas ocasiones y exigiendo constantemente intervenir a Naeher. USA ha tenido 2, pero ha estado desaparecida y sufriendo en defensa.Asiste Jakobsson (somos muy workforce Sofia) y marca Blackstenius. #Tokyo2020pic.twitter.com/h1oMaxZjKL
— Chantal Reyes (@cchantalreyes) July 21, 2021
The 25-year-old ahead was on course once more within the 54th minute when the US didn’t take care of a nook, permitting Amanda Ilestedt to move onto the put up earlier than Blackstenius turned within the rebound.
The rout was full when Juventus star Hurtig headed dwelling a cross from Hanna Glas contained in the final 20 minutes.
The US struck the put up by way of Rose Lavelle and Christen Press, but it surely was a convincing win for the Swedes which snapped a exceptional 44-game unbeaten run for his or her American rivals.
On-line, followers and pundits have been shocked by the benefit with which four-time gold medalists the US had been swept apart.
Some instructed the Swedes had taught their extensively vaunted rivals a “soccer lesson” as others mentioned Vlatko Andonovski’s workforce had been “torn aside.”
— Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) July 21, 2021
— Kieran Gallop (@kierangallop00) July 21, 2021
That is an UNREAL efficiency from Sweden. I’ve by no means ever seen USA wrestle in opposition to a workforce this a lot. Once they’ve misplaced up to now it’s been matches on a knife edge however Sweden are flying proper now. What an announcement of intent! #SWEUSA
— Lydia Smith (@LydSmiz) July 21, 2021
By no means burdened, dominated from starting to finish. Individuals speaking about USA being favorites however I can’t see that. Sweden we’re feasting man, no soccer right here, a soccer lesson #Tokyo2020
— Siavoush Fallahi (@SiavoushF) July 21, 2021
Sweden end 3-0 winners, completely deserved, may have been 4 or 5 even when US twice hit put up from uncommon assaults. Gorgeous end result which blows ladies’s Olympic match large open. US ought to nonetheless make QFs, however their aura is damaged
— Glenn Moore (@GlennMoore7) July 21, 2021
The assembly had been billed as a “grudge match” by some within the US press beforehand, provided that the People had been dumped out of the Video games 5 years in the past in a shootout by the Swedes – following a 1-1 draw during which Blackstenius had additionally scored.
The Swedes and US are acquainted foes at main tournaments, having met six occasions at previous World Cups and taking part in out a 3rd encounter on the Olympics with their match in Tokyo.
The US will now have to bounce again of their second group recreation in opposition to New Zealand on July 24, earlier than taking over Australia of their ultimate group match on Tuesday.
Sweden roll on to a gathering with Australia on Saturday earlier than dealing with the Kiwis on July 27.