The United States are out of the Women’s World Cup after the defending champions had been knocked out on penalties by Sweden on the last-16 stage in a dramatic shoot-out.
After a goalless 120 minutes which had been dominated by the USA, Lina Hurtig’s penalty to win the tie required VAR to rule it had crossed the road, after Alyssa Naeher thought she had saved the USA’s World Cup defence.
USA ahead Sophia Smith had missed the prospect to win the match from the spot earlier within the shoot-out, blazing vast after Naeher saved Rebecka Blomqvist’s effort.
Here is a full breakdown of how the topsy-turvy shoot-out unfolded:
Sweden 0-1 USA: Central midfielder Andi Sullivan was first up for the US and obtained the defending champions off to an ideal begin along with her penalty beating Musovic right down to the keeper’s proper.
Sweden 1-1 USA: Fridolina Rolfo was up first for Sweden and the winger additionally made no mistake, firing into the alternative nook with Naeher despatched the improper means.
Sweden 1-2 USA: USA’s captain, Lindsey Horan was up subsequent and transformed, going the identical means as Sullivan and beating Zecira Musovic within the objective.
Sweden 2-2 USA: But it was the proper response from Elin Rubensson who once more discovered the side-netting to maintain issues degree.
Sweden 2-3 USA: Kristie Mewis was despatched on within the 119th minute in preparation for the penalty shoot-outs however didn’t let her lack of sport time get the higher of her as she fired house to edge the US forward as soon as once more.
Sweden 2-3 USA: The first miss would then come from right-back Nathalie Bjorn who blazed over the bar along with her proper foot to provide the US a slight benefit.
Sweden 2-3 USA: But the US would fail to take benefit because the skilled Megan Rapinoe despatched her penalty excessive and vast over the bar. Few noticed that coming.
Sweden 2-3 USA: Another miss – three in a row now – as late substitute Rebecka Blomqvist noticed her penalty saved by Alyssa Naeher diving right down to her proper. That miss gave the US an opportunity to seal victory…
Sweden 2-3 USA: But it wasn’t to be as ahead 22-year-old Sophia Smith dragged her penalty vast, lacking the chance to ship the US by to the quarter-finals.
Sweden 3-3 USA: To sudden demise they might go as Hanna Bennison stepped as much as convert Sweden’s fifth penalty and degree the shootout at 3-3.
Sweden 3-4 USA: A uncommon sight with the sixth penalty as USA’s keeper, Naeher stepped as much as take a spot kick. She made no mistake, although, drilling her penalty down the center and edging the US forward.
Sweden 4-4 USA: But on we might go as centre-back Magdalena Eriksson made no mistake along with her excellent penalty nestling within the roof of the online.
Sweden 4-4 USA: Kelley O’Hara, with all her expertise, was introduced on alongside Mewis within the 119th minute however was unable to seek out the online. Having despatched Musovic the improper means, the two-time World Cup winner noticed her strike cannon again off the best put up to provide Sweden an opportunity to win it.
Sweden 5-4 USA: Lina Hurtig was the lady chosen to take the decisive penalty and the Arsenal participant went to Naeher’s proper with a poor strike, all issues thought of. The US keeper made the preliminary save however the ball dramatically deflected over the road within the air. As Naeher recovered, she tried to palm it away from the objective however a VAR verify awarded the objective with Sweden victorious and the US dumped out.
With that victory, Sweden will now face a last-eight match in opposition to the spectacular Japan on Friday. For the US, it marks the primary time within the nation’s historical past that they’ve failed to achieve the semi-finals of a Women’s World Cup.