FIFA World Cup 2019 - USA vs. Sweden - Stats, Recap, and Bracket

 ussoccer.com  06/20/2019 22:45:51 


LE HAVRE, France (June 20, 2019)  The U.S. Womens National Team notched an impressive 2-0 win against rival Sweden to claim first place in Group F in front of 22,418 fans at Stade Ocane. Lindsey Horans strike in the third minute was the fastest opening goal of the 2019 FIFA Womens World Cup, while the USAs second goal gave the team 18 in group play  the most any nation has scored during a group stage in the history of the tournament.
U.S. head coach Jill Ellis returned to almost the same starting lineup that the USA featured in the first game of the World Cup, the lone exception being Becky Sauerbrunns installation at center back in place of Julie Ertz, who was held out with a minor injury as a precaution since the U.S. was already guaranteed advancement to the knockout rounds.  
From the opening whistle, the USA played with the same energy and determination that highlighted their emphatic wins against Thailand and Chile to start the tournament. The banner start earned the U.S. the fastest opening goal of the 2019 competition when Horan stabbed home Samantha Mewis flicked pass off a corner kick from the left side in the third minute.  
From there the USA established itself as the dominant force in the match, amassing 62 percent possession and a 16-7 shot advantage, including 4-2 shots on goal, while limiting Sweden to counter attacks, several of which proved dangerous. On the few occasions that Sweden did threaten, U.S. goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher was on hand to make the necessary saves. 
Just after the break, the USA doubled its lead when Heath ripped a sharp-angle shot that glanced of Sweden defender Jonna Andersson, over goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl into the net. 
In the days other Group F match, Chile just missed out on advancing to the knockout stage as it needed one more goal in a 2-0 defeat of Thailand in Rennes in order to advance. The USA (3-0-0; 9 points) won its group for the sixth time in World Cup history while Sweden (2-1-0; 6 points) finished second, Chile (1-2-0; 3 points) third and Thailand (0-3-0; 0 points) was fourth. 

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

USA

3

3

0

0

18

0

18

9

SWE

3

2

1

0

7

3

4

6

CHI

3

1

2

0

2

5

-3

3

THA

3

0

3

0

1

20

-19

0

Next on the Schedule:

The USA faces Spain in the first knockout round on Monday, June 24 at 12 p.m. ET at Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims.

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Goal Scoring Rundown:

USA  Lindsey Horan (Samantha Mewis), 3rd minute: Megan Rapinoe sent a low corner kick toward the near left post where Mewis got a touch to steer the ball through traffic to a crashing Horan who had only to push the ball across the line into the center of the net for the fastest opening goal at 2019 WWC. USA 1, SWE 0 [WATCH]

USA  Own Goal (Jonna Andersson), 50th minute: A cross from Rapinoe to the center of the box was only partially cleared to the right side of the box where Heath collected the loose ball and juked away from Andersson, who stuck out a foot to try and block the shot. Heaths blast glanced off the Sweden defender and zipped over Lindahl in the Sweden goal USA 2, SWE 0 [WATCH] FINAL

Additional Notes:

" With the win, the USA is now 4-1-1 against Sweden at the Womens World Cup, having faced the Scandinavians in five consecutive World Cups.

" Overall the U.S. holds a 22-6-11 record against Sweden. 

" Lindsey Horans goal was her second of the tournament and 10th of her WNT career. Horan now has three goals in her last six appearances after notching three in her previous 17 caps.

" Horans goal is the fourth the US has scored in the opening three minutes of a WWC match, and the first since Carli Lloyd did so in the 2015 World Cup final against Japan.

" The USA (1991, 1999, 2003, 2019) and Germany (1991, 2003, 2011, 2019) are the only two nations to have won all three of their group stage matches in four separate World Cups. 

" The U.S. kept their seventh clean sheet in their last eight WWC matches. The only game that they have conceded in over that time was the 2015 final against Japan.

" It has now been 594 minutes since the U.S. last conceded a goal, which came in the 81st minute of the American's 5-3 win against Australia in April.

- U.S. Womens National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Womens National Team vs. Sweden
Competition: 2019 FIFA Womens World Cup  Group F
Venue: State Ocane; Le Havre, France
Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET (9 p.m. local)
Weather: 62 degrees, sunny

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F

USA                             1           1          2

SWE                            0          0          0

USA  Lindsey Horan (Samantha Mewis)     3rd minute

USA  Jonna Andersson (own goal)              50


Lineups:

USA: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 5-Kelley OHara, 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Crystal Dunn; 9-Lindsey Horan, 3-Samantha Mewis, 16-Rose Lavelle (23-Christen Press, 63); 17-Tobin Heath, 13-Alex Morgan (capt.) (10-Carli Lloyd, 46), 15-Megan Rapinoe (2-MalloryPugh, 83)
Substitutes not used: 6-Morgan Brian, 8-Julie Ertz, 11-Ali Krieger, 12-Tierna Davidson, 14-Emily Sonnett, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 20-Allie Long, 21-Adrianna Franch, 22-Jessica McDonald
SWE: 1-Hedvig Lindahl; 15-Nathalie Bjorn, 13-Amanda Ilestedt, 3-Linda Sembrant, 2-Jonna Andersson; 16-Julia Zigiotti, 17-Caroline Seger (4-Hanna Glas, 63); 10-Sofia Jakobsson, 9-Kosovare Asllani (8-Lina Hurtig, 79), 22-Olivia Schough (18-Fridolina Rolfo, 57); 11-Stina Blackstenius

Substitutes not used:
12-Jennifer Falk, 21-Zecira Musovic, 5-Nilla Fischer, 6-Magdalena Eriksson, 7-Madelen Janogy, 14-Julia Roddar, 23-Elin Rubensson, 19-Anna Anvegard, 20-Mimmi Larsson
Head Coach: Peter Gerhardsson
USA  Kelley OHara (caution) 59th minute
SWE  Sofia Jackobsson (caution) 87
Referee: Anastasia Pustovoytova (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Ekaterina Kurochkina (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Petruta Iugulescu (ROU)
Fourth Official: Esther Staubli (SUI)
Budweiser Woman of the Match: Tobin Heath

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