The United States, the four-time title holder, suffered its first loss in 45 matches, in the women’s football competition at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, by falling on Wednesday against Sweden 0-3 in the opening group G matches, the first since January 2019, when it fell to France 1 -3 in a friendly match.
It is the United States’ second loss in a 90-minute match at the Olympics, after the opening in 2008 when it came back strong and won gold.
The US team is the best in the history of the Olympic competition, with four titles in 1996, 2004, 2008 and 2012, compared to the titles of Germany (2016) and Norway (2000).
Stena Blacksteinus (25 and 54) and Lena Hurtig (72) scored Sweden’s goals, the 2016 runner-up in Rio de Janeiro.
Sweden knocked the US team out of the 2016 Olympics quarter-finals on penalties.
The champion and runner-up of each group and the best two teams occupying third place in the three groups qualify for the quarter-finals.