The United States, who will face New Zealand and Australia in their next two group matches, had not lost since their 3-1 loss to France in a friendly in January 2019
The four-time Olympic champions United States suffered their first loss in 45 games on Wednesday, losing 3-0 to Sweden in their opening game of the women’s football tournament in Tokyo.
Stina Blackstenius scored twice and Lina Hurtig added a third goal to give 2016 silver medalists Sweden a dream start to their Group G campaign at a Tokyo stadium devoid of supporters due to COVID-19 restrictions .
The United States, who will face New Zealand and Australia in their next two group matches, had not lost since their 3-1 loss to France in a friendly in January 2019.
“We got run over,” said US forward Megan Rapinoe. “I thought we were a little nervous, a little tight, doing stupid things.”
It was only the second loss in 90 minutes for the United States at the Olympics. He was beaten in the first game of the 2008 tournament, but still won gold in Beijing.
“It is obvious that we have put ourselves in a big hole, but we are the only ones who can get through it,” said USA coach Vlatko Andonovski.
The Swedish coach’s caution
Sweden coach Peter Gerhardsson has warned his players not to become overconfident after their superb performance.
“Yes, naturally (it can happen), but we also know we can be happy for three points,” he said.
“But it’s a long tournament. Six games in 17 days if you go all the way. We’re not yet in the quarter-finals, so we have to improve with every game. “
Group E (In Sapporo): Bretagne 2 (Blanc 17, 72) bt Chile 0.
Group F (To Miyagi): China 0 lost to Brazil 5 (Marta 9, 74, Debinha 22, Andressa 82-pen, Beatriz 89)
Group G (In Tokyo): Sweden 3 (Blackstenius 25, 55, Hurtig 72) bt United States 0.