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The United State of America suffered a first defeat in 23 games under coach Vlatko Andonovski on Wednesday as they lost 3-0 to Sweden in their opening game of the women’s football at the Tokyo Olympic.

The four time Olympic champions playing devoid of fans due to Covid-19 restrictions were sluggish at the opening minutes of the first half with Sweden dominating the match with application of more offensive play. Sweden continued their pressure to the defense of the Americans but the US goalkeeper made some good saves to deny an early lead by the Swedish team.

In the 25th minutes of the first half Sweden grabbed a deserved lead when Blackstenius beat Danhlkemper to Sofia Jakobsson’s cross steer in a header. The US unbeaten in 45 games before Wednesday’s match tried to get back into the game after conceding the first goal, but Fridolina Rolfo and Blackstenuis constant push to the Americans box was obvious a delight to watch.

Blakstenius doubled the lead after Jonna Anderson had tested the American goalkeeper Naeher. Rose Lavelle one of the stars of the 2019 World Cup, was close to adding another for the Swedish at the twilight of the first half but she headed against the post to end the first half 2-0 in favour of Sweden.  

On return after the break the 2016 silver medallist Sweden, kept good possession of the game with star player Stina Blackstenius coming pretty good with teammate Lina Hurting. Lina made it 3-0 for Sweden, claiming a good start in their Group G campaign at the Tokyo Olympics.

The American coach Andonoski had kept faith with most of the players that won the World Cup, selecting 17 players from the squad but surprisingly Sweden dominated the game to the shock of most pundits.   

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