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Tokyo Olympics: Sweden stun USA in women’s football opener

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

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

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

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.

Elsewhere, veteran striker Marta scored twice as Brazil thrashed China 5-0.

Marta became the first player to score in five consecutive Olympics, taking her total tally to 12, while 43-year-old defender Formiga extended her record of competing in all seven women’s Olympic tournaments since women’s football was introduced in 1996.

Team GB got off to a winning start thanks to a double from Ellen White as they comfortably beat Chile 2-0 in their Group E opener.

Later on Wednesday, hosts Japan play Canada (11:30 BST), Zambia take on the Netherlands (12:00 BST) and Australia face New Zealand (12:30 BST).

Line-ups

Sweden

Formation 4-2-3-1

1Lindahl

4Glas13Ilestedt14Bjorn2Andersson

16Angeldal17Seger

10Jakobsson9Asllani18Rolfö

11Blackstenius

1Lindahl4Glas13Ilestedt14Bjorn2AnderssonSubstituted forRoddarat 88’minutes16AngeldalSubstituted forBennisonat 75’minutes17Seger10JakobssonSubstituted forJanogyat 75’minutes9Asllani18RolföSubstituted forSchoughat 63’minutes11BlacksteniusSubstituted forHurtigat 64’minutes

Substitutes

3Kullberg5Bennison7Janogy8Hurtig12Falk15Schough20Roddar

USA

Formation 4-3-3

1Naeher

5O’Hara17Dahlkemper4Sauerbrunn2Dunn

16Lavelle9Horan3Mewis

7Heath13Morgan11Press

1Naeher5O’Hara17Dahlkemper4Sauerbrunn2DunnSubstituted forDavidsonat 80’minutes16LavelleSubstituted forMewisat 80’minutes9Horan3MewisSubstituted forErtzat 45’minutes7HeathSubstituted forRapinoeat 64’minutes13MorganSubstituted forLloydat 45’minutes11Press

Substitutes

6Mewis8Ertz10Lloyd12Davidson14Sonnett15Rapinoe18Franch

Referee:Yoshimi Yamashita

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Match ends, Sweden 3, USA 0.

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