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Rio 2016: Swedes knock out four-times Women’s soccer champions USA

Rio 2016: Swedes knock out four-times Women’s soccer champions USA

Friday, 12 August 2016
RIO DE JANEIRO – Sweden caused a major upset in the women’s football tournament by defeating four-times champions USA in a quarterfinals penalty shoot-out at the Mane Garrincha Stadium.

The match finished 1-1 after 90 minutes but the Swedes progressed to the semifinals by winning the shoot-out 4-3. Sweden are coached by Pia SUNDHAGE (SWE), who led USA to their last two Olympic Games gold medals at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Games. “I’m incredibly disappointed. I’m sad for the players, disappointed for all the hard work we did.” USA Head coach Jill Ellis said after the match. “It is very difficult to lose this game so I told the players that there is no way to remove the pain they are feeling but also that there will be always a next game.It will not be now but there will be more games later and that will be a motivation for them to grow and continue.”

RIO DE JANEIRO – The quotes of the day from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Friday 12 August.

“We lost to a bunch of cowards.”
USA women’s goalkeeper Hope SOLO on her side being knocked out of the football tournament by Sweden.

“It is OK to be coward if you win.”
Sweden football coach Pia SUNDHAGE (SWE).

Remember Sundhage coached the U.S. from 2008–2012, including a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics, and piloted her native Sweden to a win on penalty kicks Friday.
Sweden will play Brazil on Tuesday in a semifinal match.

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Denise J. Saul is the Founder/President of WSEN-Women's Sports & Entertainment Network.

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