Sweden vs USA: FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 Highlights | Sweden stun the reigning champions USA in penalties to reach the Quarter-Finals

Sweden advance to the last eight of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 after defeating USA 5-4 on penalties in the Round of 16 at Melbourne.

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The USA will return home without a FIFA Women's World Cup medal for the first time in their history after losing on penalties to Sweden in Sweden vs USA last-16 tie in Melbourne. Lina Hurtig's spot-kick sent Sweden to the quarter-finals, helped significantly by the brilliance of Zecira Musovic between the sticks. It is the first time in the tournament's history that the USA have been eliminated at this early stage. Vlatko Andonovski's side received criticism for lackluster performances against the Netherlands and Portugal. In Melbourne, they looked much improved but could not control the game and as a result, they are returning home with empty hands.

Sweden were behind in the penalties after Nathalie missed from the spot. Then came the turning point as Megan Rapinoe and Sophia Smith both missed from the spot for the USA. In the sudden death, Kelley O'Hara missed and Lina scored although it was a good save by Naeher, she lost control of the ball and it went past the goal line. It was written in the stars for the Swedish players and now they are through to the last 8. Sweden will play Japan in the quarter-final. They will need to do much better in open play because Japan will most definitely convert some chances.

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Heartbreaking for the USA

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"We played beautiful football today, we entertained, but we didn't score. And this is part of the game. Penalties, to be frank, they suck. They're cruel, I've gone through too many in my career, and I'm proud of every player who stepped up to take one today. Score or miss, it's courageous to step up and take a penalty."

- Lindsey Horan, USA captain

"I'm so proud of the team. I know we were criticized for the way we played in the group stage but I think we came out today and showed what we're all about - the grit, the resilience, the bravery. Unfortunately, soccer can be cruel sometimes."

- Vlatko Andonovski, USA coach

Player of the Match

Zecira Musovic (Sweden GK)

Sweden vs USA: Zecira Musovic (Sweden GK) | Sportz Point

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Match Details

FIFA Women's World Cup 2023: Sweden vs USA LIVE Blog


USA starting XI: Naeher - Fox, Ertz, Girma, Dunn - Sonnett, Sullivan - Rodman, Horan, Smith - Morgan

Sweden starting XI: Musovic - Bjorn, Ilestedt, Eriksson, Andersson - Rubensson, Angeldahl - Rytting Kaneryd, Asllani, Rolfo - Blackstenius

  • Sweden made nine changes from their last match against Argentina. Musovic, Bjorn, Andersson, Rubensson, Angeldahl, Rytting Kaneryd, Asllani, Rolfo, and Blackstenius replaced Falk, Lennartsson, Sandberg, Bennison, Seger, Jakobsson, Janogy, Schough, and Blomqvist.
  • The USA made two changes with Trinity Rodman and Emily Sonnett starting in place of Rose Lavelle (who is suspended) and Lynn Williams.

The USA is ready. Are you?

Sweden is ready. Are you?

National Anthems | 2:25 P.M. (IST)

The players are out of the tunnel.

FIFA Women's World Cup 2023: Sweden vs USA - Kick Off | 2:30 P.M. (IST)

Here we go. The game is underway.

Slow start for USA | 6'

Sweden have so much space to operate in the final third.

Sweden vs USA - Live Blog | 10'

Andersson has a great delivery but Naeher punches away to clear.

Sweden vs USA - Live Blog | 14'

The USA thread a few passes together but then Angeldahl is fouled. A little scrappy so far.

USA is waking | 18'

Horan tries to feed Smith but it's well blocked. Sweden's early dominance fading slightly.

Free Kick for Sweden| 23'

Sweden have a free kick in a great position..

Chance missed - USA | 31'

Eriksson does really well to head a ball away in the box which was destined for Horan.

Sweden vs USA - Live Blog | 36'

Musovic looks in pain after reaching for the ball from Horan.

Sweden vs USA - Live Blog | 42'

Smith plays the corner short and it eventually comes into the box, Musovic does well to deny Morgan and the US doesn't get on the rebound.

Sweden vs USA - Live Blog | 42'

 Andersson receives some treatment.

FIFA Women's World Cup 2023: Sweden (0) vs USA (0) - Half-time

The USA have been the better side in this first 45 minutes.

Sweden vs USA | Second half Kick off | 46'

The second half starts.

Possession- USA | 47'

Very scrappy in the early stages of this second half, possession exchanging hands quickly. Sweden is with the ball now.

Rodman on fire | 52'

Rodman looks so good every time she is on the ball.

Opportunity missed for Sweden | 56'

Rolfo gets the ball in but Asllani can't get a head to it. Bjorn pops it in but Naeher reads it well and collects.

Sweden are defending only | 62'

It's just USA players everywhere.

Rock solid from the USA | 66'

Sweden with some build-up play but Girma does well to clear a chance and to not concede a corner.

Injury for Horan | 69'

Horan is down and injured, Angeldahl's studs clipped her knee.

Sweden vs USA - Live Blog | 74'

 Williams makes a great run and a cross, a great delivery but no one is there to finish it.

Williams is making a difference | 80'

Lynn Williams with a great run again, the sub has been good since coming on.

Sweden have been wasteful in the final third | 86'

Fox's pass is cut out by Ilestedt and it's a poor pass to Hurtig which sees US intercept and counter.

FIFA Women's World Cup 2023: Sweden (0) vs USA (0) - Full-time

The match goes to extra time.

Sweden vs USA | Extra time - First half Kick off

The game starts again.

Sweden on charge | 94'

 The Swedish players are looking brighter at the moment, Jakobsson crosses in again but it's cleared.

Substitution for the USA | 100'

Smith's shot is blocked and Sullivan's is over the bar! The USA make a change and it's Rapinoe who comes on for Morgan.

FIFA Women's World Cup 2023: Sweden (0) vs USA (0) - End of the first half of the Extra time

It is still 0-0 between them.

Sweden vs USA | Extra time - Second half Kick off

We are 15 minutes away from penalties.

Musovic keeping Sweden alive | 107'

Smith takes a great touch but Musovic pushes it out for a corner.

No penalty | 112'

Smith seems to dive in the box as she is tackled and no penalty is given.

Sweden vs USA - Live Blog | 118'

Rapinoe takes it but it's a poor delivery again from her and it's cleared.

FIFA Women's World Cup 2023: Sweden (0) vs USA (0) - End of the Extra time

Penalties it is.

FIFA Women's World Cup 2023: Sweden vs USA | Penalties

The USA will start the shootout.

  • Sullivan scores! Sweden 0-1 USA
  • Rolfo scores! Sweden 1-1 USA
  • Horan scores! Sweden 1-2 USA
  • Rubensson scores! Sweden 2-2 USA
  • Mewis scores! Sweden 2-3 USA
  • Bjorn misses! Sweden 2-3 USA
  • Rapinoe misses! Sweden 2-3 USA
  • Blomqvist misses! Sweden 2-3 USA
  • Smith misses! Sweden 2-3 USA
  • Bennison scores! Sweden 3-3 USA

It's the sudden death

  • Naeher scores! Sweden 3-4 USA
  • Eriksson scores! Sweden 4-4 USA
  • O'Hara misses! Sweden 4-4 USA
  • Hurtig's pen was saved but Naeher loses control and it's over for the USA

The referee had word from VAR on that decision, Naeher went the right way but she spilled the ball and it crossed the goal line. Sweden are through to the Quarter-Finals. Another shocking result in the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 as the reigning champions are out of the competition.

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What a moment for Lina Hurtig
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