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Sweden vs USWNT summary: score, goals, highlights, 2020 Tokyo Olympics

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Sweden 3-0 USWNT: as it happened

It's an excellent start to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics for Sweden, with a fully deserved 3-0 win over the USA. A Blackstenius brace and a goal from substitute Hurtig gives them all three points in the Group G opener. 

FT: Sweden 3-0 USA

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The US have had most of the ball in the final few minutes but it's too little too late.

90

There will be four minutes added-on. 

88

Sweden change

OFF Andersson

ON Roddar

87

Press shoots!

It flies wide and that sums up the USA's day.

85

Lindahl comes out to collect a right wing cross. The game has gone very flat as Sweden see this one out. 

80

Double change for USA

OFF Lavelle & Dunn

ON Davidson & Mewis

77

The game is well and truly over now. The Swedes lead by three goals to nil in Tokyo.

Sweden 3-0 USA

Hurtig makes it 3 for Sweden with a super header into the roof of the net. Another excellent cross from the right by the impressive Glas.

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Gooooooooooooooaaaaaaalll

SWEDEN!

68

 Lindahl saves from Rapinoe!

The Ballon d'Or winner is just on the pitch a couple of minutes. Her cross-cum-shot is saved by the Sweden No 1.

66

The US have just under 25 minutes to rescue a point or take all 3. It's still 2-0 to Sweden.

64

USA change

OFF Tobin Heath

ON Megan Rapinoe

63

Sweden change

OFF Rolfo & Blackstenius

ON Schough & Hurtig

60

Carli Lloyd finds herself in behind the Swedish defence. Nathalie Björn gets a block on her left-footed shot and it goes out for a corner.

Blackstenius finishes at the back post for Sweden, after a corner from the right wing was sent into the US box. It's the forward's 19th goal for Sweden and second of the game.   

Sweden 2-0 USA

It's a brace for Blackstenius!!!

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Goooooooooooooooooaaaaaaalll SWEDEN!

52

It's a corner for Sweden after some good play by Sofia Jakobsson.

 

48

Rolfo sends one over the bar from 20 yards. Another scare for the US. 

Carli Lloyd and Julie Ertz have come in for the US. Sweden haven't made any changes at the break.

46

The US get us underway for the second half.

The teams make their way back out for the second half. 

HT: Sweden 1-0 USA

Sweden deservedly lead at the break in Tokyo, thanks to Blackstenius' 18th goal for her country.

43

Blackstenius runs into the open space behind the US defence,  and controls it with her chest, taking the ball into the box. Her touches let her down, the ball gets stuck under her foot, giving Naeher the chance to grab it before it's 2-0. 

40

Sweden have committed 4 fouls to the USA's 2.

37

Jonna Andersson shoots!   

Another fine strike on goal from Sweden. Andersson keeps it low and hard. Struck like a Roberto Carlos outside-of-the-boot left-footed curler, Naeher saves well. 

35

Dunn sends a cross into Sweden's box from the left, she's looking for Morgan but the effort is overhit. The US are starting to make their way into the game now after a brilliant opening half an hour by Sweden.

30

Jakobsson has an excellent chance to double Sweden's lead until Dunn flies across the 6-yard box to prevent the forward from making it 2-0.

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Sweden have been excellent so far, creating plenty of chances. They have really taken the game to the USA.

Sweden's goal is Blackstenius' 18th for her country!

Sweden 1-0 USA

Stina Blackstenius gives Sweden the lead here and it's fully deserved.

It's a superb header at the front post after a fine right wing cross from Jakobsson.

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Gooooooooooooaaaaaaaalll SWEDEN!

22

Asllani strikes!

Naeher is made work once again! 

two saves in two minutes from the shot-stopper. Asllani shoots from 20 yards and the shot-stopper gets down well to keep it out. Then Rolfo has a great chance just 60 seconds later in a 1 on 1 but once again Naeher, who has been very busy, keeps it out. 0-0

USA, the current world champions, were defeated by Sweden at the quarter-final stage of Rio de Janeiro 2016, in what was the USA's earliest ever exit at the Olympics.

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Glas sends another great ball into the box from the right wing. USA clear and it remains goalless in Tokyo.

Stina Blackstenius chance!   

It's a wonderful chance for Sweden. Blackstenius finds herself totally free in front of goal, about 10 yards but she smacks it straight into Naeher's hands. 

13

Rolfö strikes from distance, but Naeher gets down really well to her left to push it out for a corner. Sweden have had the best of the chances so far. More good play from Glas.

10

Tobin Heath strikes!

It's a fine effort from the edge of the box by Heath but Lindahl is able to keep it out. 0-0

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Andersson takes a short corner to Asllani. Her long ball to the back post is just too high and the USA can breathe again after some early pressure from Sweden.

3

Sweden captain Seger is fouled and it's a free. USA clear Asllani's free-kick to the edge of the box and Blackstenius sends her effort wide from just inside the box.

Sweden starting XI

1 Hedvig Lindahl - 4 Hanna Glas, 13 Amanda Ilestedt, 14 Nathalie Björn, 2 Jonna Andersson - 16 Filippa Angeldahl, 9 Kosovare Asllani, 17 Caroline Seger (captain) - 10 Sofia Jakobsson, 11 Stina Blackstenius, 18 Fridolina Rolfö.

Christen Press and Tobin Heath start on the wings for the USA, with Alex Morgan as the focal point. 

Sam Mewis, Lindsey Horan and Rose Lavelle are in midfield.

We're underway in Tokyo!

Rapinoe starts on the bench

Megan Rapinoe is starting on the bench for the USA. She is not injured; it is believed to be a tactical decision.

It's time for the national anthems!

The teams make their way onto the pitch!

Kick-off is just five minutes away!

Sweden vs USWNT

It won’t be an easy opening match for the USA, as Peter Gerhardsson’s squad didn’t concede in two friendly fixtures last month in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics.

Moreover, 12 of Sweden’s 22 women play club football at Champions League level, including their back three.

However, the USA are the current world champions and are hoping to get revenge after losing to Sweden at the quarter-final stage of Rio de Janeiro 2016 in what was USA's earliest ever exit at the Olympics.

Competition format

The women’s Olympic soccer tournament will feature 12 teams, and is due to run from 21 July to 6 August.

The 12 teams taking part have been divided up into three groups of four, from which the top two in each section, plus the two best third-placed sides, will advance to an eight-team knockout stage.

Sweden

Sweden picked up the silver medal at the Rio Games in 2016 after losing 2-1 in the final to Germany.

The Blågult, coached by Peter Gerhardsson, are one of the other big favourites to triumph in Tokyo and boast vastly experienced stars such as Sofia Jakobsson, Kosovare Asllani and Caroline Seger.

USWNT's pre-Olympic friendlies

Vlatko Andonovski’s side warmed up for the Games with five friendlies between June and July and looked very impressive - they won all five games (beating Portugal, Jamaica, Nigeria and Mexico) without conceding a single goal and scoring 15.

They are sure to face a much tougher task in Tokyo today, however, after landing in the ‘group of death’ alongside Sweden, Australia and New Zealand in Group G. 

Olympics Women’s soccer group stage

Today is the sides first competitive match of the games. The US will face New Zealand and Australia after Sweden.

21 July Sweden v USWNT (4:30 am ET)

24 July New Zealand v USWNT (7:30 am ET)

27 July USWNT v Australia (4 am ET)

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Sweden starting XI vs USA

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