The world champion, the United States, was stranded in the eighth World Cup Finals. After a stunning penalty shootout with three American misses, Sweden qualified for the quarter-finals, where they would meet Japan. The winner of that match will be the Dutch team’s opponent in the semi-finals, provided they defeat Spain in the quarter-finals.
120 minutes of football did not yield a goal, partly due to goalkeeper Zećira Mušović getting the better of the Swedish side and an American header that was too high over the crossbar. Undoubtedly, the United States had the greatest opportunities, but it turned out that it was not decisive enough. This is why the penalties were imposed. After the first five penalty kicks were executed flawlessly, things went wrong no less than four times in a row. With the score at 4-4, American Kelly O’Hara missed, and Lena Hurtig scored for Sweden, although goal-line technology had to be used. It turned out that the ball was one millimeter from the line.
Eliminating the United States is a great feeling. The country, which has been known for years as the world’s top women’s football nation, became champions in the last two World Cups, in 2019 by defeating the Orange Lionesses in the final. In total, the United States became a four-time world champion and four-time Olympic champion. It is no coincidence that America ranks first in the FIFA world rankings.
Where does the adventure of the orange lionesses end?
- Quarterfinals (26%)
- Semi-finalists (20%)
- Final loss (14%)
- World Champion (41%)
It was a bad sign that the Netherlands beat America in the group stage of the World Cup. After a modest victory over Vietnam (3-0) and a draw with the Lionesses (1-1), the United States did not leave much of an impression in the last match in the group stage against Portugal (0-0). In fact, Portugal hit the post in stoppage time, and could have sealed America’s fate with that shot earlier.
As runner-up in the group, the USA immediately faced a tough matchup in the final eight against Sweden. It turned out to be a very difficult task, with Megan Rapinoe, Sophia Smith and O’Hara all missing penalties, while Sweden only missed two. It’s not the first major nation to fall early in the tournament: Olympic champions Canada, Germany and Brazil have already failed in the group stage.
The Orange Lionesses play their quarter-final match against Spain on Friday morning at 3:00 AM (Dutch time), and a few hours later (9:30 AM) it is the turn of Japan and Sweden. The winners of those matches will face each other on Tuesday 15 August (10am).
The penalty shootout has begun!
Punishment 1: Sullivan scores! 1-0 USA.
Punishment 2: Rulfo scores! 1-1 Sweden.
Punishment 3: Horan scores! 2-1 USA.
Punishment 4: Robinson scores! 2-2 Sweden.
Punishment 5: Mewis scores! 3-2 USA.
Punishment 6: Bjorn missesShe shoots the ball! The score remains 3-2 for the United States.
Punishment 7: Rapinoe gets it wrong, too, she’s skipping too! Score: 3-2 USA.
Punishment 8: And Blomqvist misses too! The first rescue is real. 3-2 for the United States.
Punishment 9: It continues and continues… Smith misses too! She shoots wide. Four consecutive misses, and the score remains 3-2.
Punishment 10: Benison scores! 3-3 Sweden.
Punishment 11: noThe American goalkeeper who just made a save, grades! 4-3 United States.
Punishment 12: Eriksson scores! 4-4 Sweden.
Punishment 13: O’Hara misses! She hits the post! It remains 4-4, does it end here for the United States?!
Punishment 14: Hurtig scores! or not? Neher made a save, but now there is doubt as to whether the ball crossed the line or not. Yes! He’s sitting! Sweden to the quarter-finals of the World Cup!
The second overtime whistle blew
Sanctions will decide the matter!
Emily Sonnett was replaced by Christy Moyes
Emily Fox has been replaced by Kelly O’Hara
Yellow card for Julie Ertz
Rebecca Blomqvist replaces Stina Plakstenius
Beginning of the second extension
The first extension was blown
Alex Morgan is replaced by Megan Rapinoe
Philippa Engeldahl replaces Hannah Bennison
The beginning of the first overtime
End of the second half
0-0 So we’ll stretch. Swedish goalkeeper Zikira Mossovich It is the absolute standout so far. America does not want to impose sanctions.
Kosovari Aslani is replaced by Lina Hurtig
Johanna Retting-Canered is replaced by Sofia Jacobsson
Trinity Rodman replaces Lynn Williams
Yellow card for Kosovari Asllani
The second half has begun
The end of the first half
America is a little better Headed to the crossbar, but he has not been able to register yet. In the first half the score was still 0-0.
The first half started
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