Tokyo Olympics: Sweden stun the United States in women’s football

USA Women’s 44-match unbeaten run is over as 2016 silver medal winners Sweden stun the top-ranked side in Group G Tokyo Olympics opener

The United States women’s football side suffered a shock 3-0 defeat by Sweden in their opening game at the Tokyo Olympics.

Stina Blackstenius scored a brace for the Swedes while Lina Hurtig added a third 17 minutes from time to seal an impressive win in Group G.  

Sweden famously knocked out the Americans in the quarter-finals of the Brazil Games five years ago and went on to claim the silver medal.

The USA, the top ranked side, were unbeaten in 44 consecutive matches and are still bidding to become the first World Cup holders to win Olympic gold.  

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Lina Hurtig headed home in the 73rd minute to put Sweden 3-0 up against the United States

Sweden's Stina Blackstenius (No 11) celebrates scoring her side's second goal against the USA

Sweden’s Stina Blackstenius (No 11) celebrates scoring her side’s second goal against the USA

Blackstenius doubled Sweden's lead shortly after half-time to put them in control of the clash

Blackstenius doubled Sweden’s lead shortly after half-time to put them in control of the clash

Blackstenius turns away to celebrate her and her country's second goal on Wednesday

Blackstenius turns away to celebrate her and her country’s second goal on Wednesday

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