SEOUL, South Korea (Yonhap) By Kim Dong-chan = The United States, seeking a third straight title at the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Women’s World Cup, failed to reach the quarterfinals after losing to Sweden on penalties. The U.S., ranked No. 1 by FIFA, lost 4-5 on penalties to Sweden, ranked No. 3 by FIFA, in the round of 16 at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia-New Zealand in Melbourne, Australia, on Saturday after the teams played to a 0-0 draw through regulation and extra time. The U.S., which won back-to-back titles in 2015 and 2019, failed to win a third straight tournament .In the previous eight Women’s World Cups, the U.S. had reached the quarterfinals in each of those tournaments and had won the title four times, but on this day, they fell short against Sweden. The U.S. controlled play throughout, with Lindsey Horan’s header in the 34th minute hitting the post once. The U.S. led in offensive possession 50% to 33% (17% on target) and outshot Sweden 21-7 in extra time. The U.S. also held an 11-1 advantage in shots on goal .However, the game was tied 0-0 and went to penalty kicks, where Sweden had the last laugh .With a 3-2 lead, the U.S. could have ended the game with a win 카지노사이트 if fifth kicker Sophia Smith had converted .But Smith’s shot went wide right, and a resurgent Sweden tied the game with a shot from fifth kicker Hannah Bennison .The game was ultimately decided in the seventh kick .After USA’s Kelly O’Hara’s shot hit the right post, Sweden had a chance to wrap things up, but Lina Hurtig’s shot was disallowed and the Swedes advanced to the quarterfinals. Hurtig’s shot appeared to be blocked by U.S. goalkeeper Allyssa Nair, but the referee ruled the ball had crossed the goal line after communicating with the video assistant referee’s (VAR) office .Sweden, whose best finish was runner-up in 2003, will face Japan in the quarterfinals .Earlier in the day, the Netherlands beat South Africa 2-0 to advance to the quarterfinals, where they will face Spain for a spot in the final four.

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