Sweden's second shootout stunner: Hosts Brazil ousted in semifinal

Clyde Nash
August 17, 2016

Star striker Alex Morgan and substitute Christen Press missed penalties before Lisa Dahlkvist converted the winning spot kick despite Solo's best efforts to put her off by changing gloves to delay Dahlkvist's effort.

Brazil's Cristiane and Sweden's Kosovare Asllani also had their kicks saved.

Sweden will play Canada or Germany in Saturday's final.

"The better team did not win today".

"When the (federation) president asks us what women's football needs, we can show with support, training and food they are able to do the same things".

"You saw us give everything that we had today", said USA goalkeeper Hope Solo to ESPN.

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Sweden did it again, this time against the hosts. In the quarterfinals, the Swedes beat the United States, knocking the Americans out of medal contention for the first time.

She went on to blister Sweden for playing conservative and refusing to open their passing game up, and made it personal, adding, "We had that style of play when Pia was our coach", and topped it off with, "I don't think they'll make it very far in the tournament".

"I thought that we played a courageous game", she said.

Brazil dominated every facet of its match against Sweden, creating more than twice as many shots.

Sweden will be joined in the last four by Brazil who beat Australia 7-6.

It marked the first time Solo, who gave up two goals in the group-play final with Colombia, had allowed scores in back-to-back games since October.

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Sweden will next face either Germany or Canada.

Sweden had won only five prior matches against the United States.

But the world's number one ranked side failed to break down Sundhage's well-organised Swedes in extra-time, who also had a perfectly good goal from Lotta Schelin wrongly ruled out for offside in the final minutes.

Veteran midfielder Formiga, the only woman to play in all six Games since women s football was introduced to the Olympics, came close to a fairytale end when her low header was just kept out by Lindahl in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

Honduras arrived at the Rio de Janeiro Games without much hope of contending for a medal, but the team eliminated two-time Olympic champion Argentina in the group stage and got past a very good South Korean team in the quarterfinals. The team coached by Luiz Felipe Scolari lost 2-0 in one of Brazil's most shocking eliminations.

The decisive game will mark the debut of many of Brazil's youngsters at the famed venue, which is expected to be packed with almost 70,000 fans hopeful of seeing Brazil stay on track for its first soccer gold medal.

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