Women's Football World Cup This was revenge served ice cold, straight out of the deep freezer, as Sweden finally remembered how to beat Germany in the sort of shock result this World Cup needed in the latter stages. On an uncomfortably hot day in Rennes, the game played in the sort of oppressive, debilitating heat, that makes you long for a cold beverage or a swim to cool off, Germany wilted and eventually melted. When you have waited for more than two decades, any victory is refreshing, let alone a World Cup quarter final. As for Germany, this will hurt.
Despite injuries before the game to Julie Ertz, the U. Horan scored just three minutes in with a finish from close, while Tobin Heath technically put away the second in the 50th minute, though it was ruled an own goal due to a deflection by the Swedish defender.
Sweden only threatened a couple of times in what was a pretty dominant showing for the U. The U. Alex Morgan was subbed off the game at halftime after she was seen limping during the late stages of the first half.
It remains to be seen if she picked up a significant injury. Here are three takeaways from the match: 1.
The players were lively, precise with their passing and never stopped attacking. It was a game in which the U. Sweden came close a time or two but never felt like much of a threat to the Americans.
In the second half, the U.
The ball hit her defender before going in. The initial cross from Megan Rapinoe to Carli Lloyd that was deflected by a Swedish defender before it found Heath was reviewed, as Lloyd was offside.
The official determined that Lloyd didn't directly impact the play, and the goal stood. Take a look: USA!
TobinHeath scores from a tight angle and the goal stands after a lengthy VAR review. The game had the feeling of a , win at the beginning because how much the U. The defense was tested a bit more than usual After the first two matches against Thailand and Chile felt like walk in the parks, this felt a bit more like a challenge for the Americans.
For the most part, the U. Where the U.
Crystal Dunn is such a baller and did pretty well, but there were times where the U. A ball would go past her down the right, and with the time it took for her to turn and go, the Swedish attack was already behind her.
Sweden didn't really do any damage there, but it was evident that they would continue to find space. Just something for them to work on defensively ahead of the round of Injuries could play a big role moving forward Ertz picked up a hip injury before the game but was available as a substitute, and Morgan looked uncomfortable in the first half and was taken off at the break.
You can argue that those are the two most important players on the national team, so all eyes will be on their status moving forward.
Ertz's issue seems more precautionary, but it's unclear as to what Morgan's status is moving forward. Without either, the U. Relive USA vs. Sweden CBS Sports was with you the entire way, updating this story with the latest scores, highlights and analysis.
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