Sweden end USA’s 44-game unbeaten run at the Olympics

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Sweden women’s football team has ended the United States’ fine unbeaten run record at the Tokyo Olympics.

Sweden thrashed the world champions 3-0 at the Tokyo Stadium in their opening match of this prestigious tournament.

The USA were unbeaten in 44 matches heading into the Olympics.

Striker Stina Blackstenius scored either side of the break, before substitute Lina Hurtig headed in Sweden’s third with 20 minutes to go.

Sweden were without Chelsea captain Magdalena Eriksson, while the USA started with key players Rose Lavelle, Sam Mewis, Alex Morgan, Tobin Heath and Lindsey Horan.

They were knocked out by Sweden, who went on to win silver, on penalties in the quarter-finals five years ago.

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By FARPost Reporter