Sweden Pulls Huge Upset, Defeats US Women's Soccer

US fails to make Olympic final for 1st time ever
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 12, 2016 2:16 PM CDT
US Women's Soccer Fails to Make Olympic Final for 1st Time
US' Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd react as Sweden's players celebrate after a penalty shoot-out that eliminated the US from the Rio Olympics.   (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

The US women's soccer team was eliminated by Sweden in the quarterfinal at the Rio Olympic Games on Friday, the AP reports. The match was a stunning loss for the US team, which has played in the final every year since women's soccer became an Olympic sport in 1996, winning gold four times. The match went to penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw following extra time. It was the first Olympic women's match to go to penalties.

After a scoreless first half, Stina Blackstenius scored in the 61st minute to give Sweden a 1-0 lead that for a time threatened to send the Americans home early from Brazil. Alex Morgan scored the equalizer in the 78th minute and the match went to overtime. Carli Lloyd was called offside on a header in the 115th minute and a minute later Lotta Schelin was offside on her attempt against Solo—although replay appeared to show otherwise. (Read more US women's soccer stories.)

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