Olympics 2020: USWNT’s 44-game unbeaten streak snapped in shocking defeat to Sweden

Sweden defeated the United States by a margin of 3-0 in their opening game at the Tokyo Olympics.

USWNT players after the defeatr

Four-time World Champions USWNT- US Women’s National team suffered a 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Sweden in their opening match of the Tokyo Olympics 2020. The United States Women’s team were on an unbeaten 44-game unbeaten streak until their defeat yesterday against Sweden in the Group G encounter.

The winning run can be traced back to January 2019, the last time they ever lost a match, however twin strikes from Sweden’s Stina Blackstenius and a single goal from Lina Hurtig ended their dream run.

USWNT suffered their first defeat since 2019

Sweden defeat USWNT
Sweden defeat USWNT

The Swedes got their breakthrough in the 24th minute of the match as Eva Jakobsson delivered a cross into the box that Blackstenius put away on a glancing header from a near post run. She scored his second of the game in the 54th minute of the match to give them a commanding lead.

The USWNT missed a golden chance to get back in the match as Christen Press hit the post and then minutes later Sweden through Hurtig scored their third to put the match away.

The Sweden players celebrate their goal against the US in the first match of the Olympics
The Sweden players celebrate their goal against the US in the first match of the Olympics

US Women’s Team veteran Megan Rapinoe in her reflection after the match simply put it into three words, which were- “We got bopped.” The 36-year-old Californian said it was a reminder of just how strong the women’s game is.

“Sometimes I feel like if ever we lose or tie or anyone gives us a game, it’s like ‘unbelievable’ and that’s really kind of offensive to every other team,” the 2012 gold medallist told reporters after the match.

However, the United States team still have chances to qualify and need to win their remaining two matches to make it into the knockout stages of the Tokyo Olympics. They take on New Zealand on Saturday before it finishes its group fixtures off against Australia on Tuesday.

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