The first sensation of the 2021 Olympics is Swedish. The Swedish players beat the United States in their first game of the women’s football tournament. A historic defeat for the Americans, who had not lost in an official match for ten years.
Sweden validates its status as the bête noire of the United States. For their first match of the women’s football tournament at the Tokyo Olympics, the Swedes surprised and crushed the Americans in the Ajinomoto stadium in Tokyo (3-0). Five years after eliminating the United States in the quarter-finals of the Rio Games on penalties, the Swedish players have this time ended America’s 43-game unbeaten streak.
Blackstenius gets a double
It had been since January 2019, and a defeat against the France team (1-3), that the Americans had not lost. This time they sank against Sweden, who had already hung them this year in a friendly match (1-1). Completely overwhelmed, with a Megan Rapinoe left on the bench at kickoff, the American players quickly conceded many opportunities.
The lock of the double American world champions jumped shortly before half an hour of play, when Stina Blackstenius cut the center of Sofia Jakobsson (26 ‘) at the near post. Blackstenius then offered himself a double following a corner (54th) before the third Swedish goal scored by Lina Hurtig (73rd), left alone at the penalty spot.
A first defeat in an official match since 2011
For the American defense, who had conceded only five goals in 27 games since the 2019 World Cup, this defeat is a shipwreck. Especially since the note could have been even saltier if the Swedes had shown a little more realism.
This Swedish victory is a real sensation, because the United States lost an official game in regulation time for the first time in 2011. After playing against their pet peeve, the Americans will try to revive themselves on Saturday, with a match to be played against New Zealand in Saitama. Sweden, for its part, will try to confirm against Australia.