Megan Rapinoe has admitted that the US Girls’s Nationwide staff have been proven up by Sweden in its Olympic girls’s soccer opener on Wednesday.
The pre-tournament favourites and reigning world champions made the worst attainable begin to their Group G marketing campaign on Wednesday, dropping 3-0 to Sweden courtesy of two targets from Stina Blackstenius and a header from Lina Hurtig.
The USA misplaced their 44-game unbeaten report consequently, however Rapinoe felt that they have been the masters of their very own downfall on the Tokyo Stadium.
“We acquired our asses kicked, didn’t we?” Rapinoe stated after the sport. “I believe we have been a bit tight, just a bit nervous. Simply doing dumb stuff like not passing the ball, not tapping the ball.”
Megan Rapinoe on the loss to Sweden: “We acquired our asses kicked, didn’t we? I believed we have been a bit tight, a bit nervous, simply doing dumb stuff.”
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In her post-match press convention, the 36-year-old added: “I do not suppose we performed an excellent recreation and that is to take nothing away from Sweden, I believe they performed an amazing recreation.
“They discovered a whole lot of area in our form and have been in a position to be very scientific once they acquired in for the purpose and did very effectively taking their possibilities. Generally I really feel like, if ever we lose or tie or anybody offers us a recreation, it is unbelievable and that is actually sort of offensive to each different staff.
“That is the best degree and these are the perfect groups on the earth, Sweden being probably the greatest groups ever, definitely in Europe, so if we do not play effectively, recreation in, recreation out, we’re not going to win these video games.
“So, there’s a whole lot of stuff [to improve on]. We wish to be lots higher. I believe we performed a bit bit tight, and simply damage ourselves lots. I do not suppose we are able to actually say one factor particularly, they took their possibilities, acquired into higher area and inevitably scored extra targets.”
How did Sweden pull it off?
U.S. head coach Vlatko Andonovski hadn’t skilled defeat in his earlier 23 matches in cost, however his facet have been second greatest proper from the primary whistle towards a decided Sweden outfit.
Blackstenius headed Sweden in entrance after simply 26 minutes, and the USWNT have been fortunate to go in at halftime just one purpose down, with No.1 goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher compelled to make numerous essential saves.
The stress continued at the beginning of the second interval, and Peter Gerhardsson’s staff doubled its benefit shortly earlier than the hour mark thanks to a different good end from Blackstenius.
Hurtig then ended all hope of a comeback for the U.S. by nodding dwelling within the 72nd minute, with Christen Press subsequently squandering a pair of late possibilities to scale back the arrears.
The USA has beforehand claimed 4 gold medals on the Olympic Video games, however will doubtless need to win its subsequent fixture towards New Zealand on Saturday to have any hope of progressing to the quarter-finals this time round.
The 2016 silver medallists Sweden, in the meantime, can ebook their spot within the knockout part by beating Australia on the identical day, and can now be among the many favourites to win the match for the primary time within the nation’s historical past.