OMG! We are just heartbroken for Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd and co. The US women’s soccer team suffered defeat in the most awful of ways, succumbing to Sweden 4-3 in a penalty shootout after the match finished 1-1 after extra time. Click to read how the fans have reacted!
The reigning World Cup champions, who were called the team to beat at this year’s Olympics, had looked untouchable since the competition started. And this is the first time in Olympic history that they will be going home before the final.
The game itself was an incredibly tight affair, with defense ruling over attack. The Swedes took the lead after 60 minutes when Stina Blackstenius ran through on goal from a long ball pass and beat US goalie Hope Solo to the ball to fire home.
Our girl Alex, often the savior for the women’s team, handed the US a lifeline with 13 minutes to go when a lucky ricochet fell to her in the penalty box and she lashed the ball into the back of the net. You felt that would mean the US team could push on and eventually seek out the winner.
The game went into overtime, with both teams desperate to break the deadlock and avoid a dreaded penalty shootout, which really is a lottery. The US had a goal rightly ruled out for offside, but the Swedes looked like they should’ve have won it when they had a goal incorrectly chalked off which was onside.
We went to penalties, and a chance for Hope to made herself a hero and keep out the Swedish team. The first four kicks were all saved, as it looked like the first person who would score would decide the game. Eventually, it was Lisa Dahlqvist who scored the clincher and broke our hearts. And the fans were left devastated and surprised online.
NOOOOO @ THE USWNT
— alyssa (@olversqueen) August 12, 2016
so so so sad the USWNT lost :,(
— Al (@alleylomaestro) August 12, 2016
— Jennifer Coleman (@jencoleman) August 12, 2016
— neil (@nmarek320) August 12, 2016
The #USWNT loss in flat inexcusable. Worst loss in team history and it's not even close.
— Brandon Barelmann (@BrandonBarelman) August 12, 2016
— Disillusioned (@Disillusioned24) August 12, 2016
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