Women's Olympic Football - Group G

Tokyo Olympics: Sweden stun USA in women's football opener

United States forward Megan Rapinoe said they "got bopped" and did "dumb stuff" as they lost their opening match to Sweden at the Olympic Games.

The world champions were stunned 3-0 in Tokyo with striker Stina Blackstenius scoring twice, before substitute Lina Hurtig added a third for Sweden.

It ended a run of 44 games unbeaten for the USA coming into the Olympics.

"I thought we were a little bit nervous, a bit tight, doing dumb stuff," Rapinoe said.

Sweden were without Chelsea captain Magdalena Eriksson, while the USA started with key players Rose Lavelle, Sam Mewis, Alex Morgan, Tobin Heath and Lindsey Horan.

The USA were knocked out by Sweden, who went on to win silver, on penalties in the quarter-finals five years ago.

US coach Vlatko Andonovski added: "It's obvious we put ourselves in a big hole, but we're the only ones who can get ourselves out of it.

"It's not going to be easy. We've got to get positive results in the next two games, but the fact there is still a chance [means] I know this team is not going to give up."

Marta, Miedema and Sinclair make their mark

Elsewhere, 104th-ranked Zambia lost 10-3 on their Olympic debut in women's football against European champions the Netherlands.

Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema scored four goals, while ex-Gunners team-mate Danielle van de Donk picked up three assists.

Zambia captain Barbra Banda also scored a hat-trick despite being on the losing side.

Meanwhile, striker Marta scored twice as Brazil thrashed China 5-0.

She became the first player to score in five consecutive Olympics, taking her total tally to 12, while 43-year-old defender Formiga extended her record of competing in all seven women's Olympic tournaments since women's football was introduced in 1996.

Team GB got off to a winning start thanks to a double from Ellen White as they comfortably beat Chile 2-0 in their Group E opener.

In the other Group E match, hosts Japan drew 1-1 with Canada after Arsenal midfielder Mana Iwabuchi cancelled out Christine Sinclair's opener. Canada goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe also saved a penalty.

Sinclair extended the all-time international goals record to 187 and became only the fourth player in history to reach 300 games for her country.

In the final match of the day, Australia recorded a 2-1 win over New Zealand as Chelsea striker Sam Kerr scored one goal and provided an assist for the other.



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lindahl
  • 4Glas
  • 13Ilestedt
  • 14Bjorn
  • 2AnderssonSubstituted forRoddarat 88'minutes
  • 16AngeldalSubstituted forBennisonat 75'minutes
  • 17Seger
  • 10JakobssonSubstituted forJanogyat 75'minutes
  • 9Asllani
  • 18RolföSubstituted forSchoughat 63'minutes
  • 11BlacksteniusSubstituted forHurtigat 64'minutes


  • 3Kullberg
  • 5Bennison
  • 7Janogy
  • 8Hurtig
  • 12Falk
  • 15Schough
  • 20Roddar


Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Naeher
  • 5O'Hara
  • 17Dahlkemper
  • 4Sauerbrunn
  • 2DunnSubstituted forDavidsonat 80'minutes
  • 16LavelleSubstituted forMewisat 80'minutes
  • 9Horan
  • 3MewisSubstituted forErtzat 45'minutes
  • 7HeathSubstituted forRapinoeat 64'minutes
  • 13MorganSubstituted forLloydat 45'minutes
  • 11Press


  • 6Mewis
  • 8Ertz
  • 10Lloyd
  • 12Davidson
  • 14Sonnett
  • 15Rapinoe
  • 18Franch
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Match Stats

Home TeamSwedenAway TeamUSA
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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sweden 3, USA 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sweden 3, USA 0.

  3. Post update

    Julie Ertz (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Lina Hurtig (Sweden).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Carli Lloyd (USA) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tierna Davidson following a corner.

  6. Post update

    Corner, USA. Conceded by Hedvig Lindahl.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Christen Press (USA) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tierna Davidson with a cross.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Carli Lloyd (USA) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kelley O'Hara.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lindsey Horan (USA) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Carli Lloyd with a headed pass.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Sweden. Julia Roddar replaces Jonna Andersson.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Christen Press (USA) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Megan Rapinoe with a cross.

  12. Post update

    Offside, USA. Abby Dahlkemper tries a through ball, but Megan Rapinoe is caught offside.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, USA. Tierna Davidson replaces Crystal Dunn.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, USA. Kristie Mewis replaces Rose Lavelle.

  15. Post update

    Christen Press (USA) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Jonna Andersson (Sweden).

  17. Post update

    Rose Lavelle (USA).

  18. Post update

    Hedvig Lindahl (Sweden) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Offside, Sweden. Kosovare Asllani tries a through ball, but Lina Hurtig is caught offside.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Julie Ertz (USA).

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