The US women’s national team is favored to become the first team to follow a World Cup title with Olympic gold, but first they will face a Swedish team that caused their latest Olympic heartbreak.
Sweden, silver medalists in 2016, put an end to USWNT’s hopes of securing a fourth consecutive gold medal in a quarter-final penalty shoot-out victory in Rio, which was the first time the United States failed. they managed to win a medal in women’s football.
But after a couple of 4-0 friendly wins over Mexico last week, the USWNT arrive at the Olympics with a 44-game unbeaten run, the second longest streak in the team’s history.
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The United States and Sweden met last time in a 1-1 friendly draw in April, where an 87-minute penalty by Megan Rapinoe canceled out Lina Hurtig’s first-half goal.
Sweden, fifth in the world, are unbeaten in their last eight games. Eighteen of the 22 players on her Olympic roster were featured on the squad that finished third at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, where she also shared a group with the United States.
The USWNT and Sweden share a group with Australia and New Zealand in a format where the top two teams from each group advance along with the top two thirds of the three groups.
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