It was only the third time in the context of a World Cup qualifier that Sweden had been knocked out by a match. All three times were against the United States.
The match clock was until 2.42 when the United States advanced against Sweden, who made seven changes in their first 11 games. Lindsay Horan pushed 1-0 after a corner kick from the left edge. The case underwent a review of the video assistant judgment of the infiltration charge but was approved fairly quickly.
– I did not expect such an early goal. It was a hit, you were in the right place at the right time, American striker Lindsay Horan says to SVT Sport after the match.
Soon after the second half, the United States increased to 2-0 and after the VAR review was originally reviewed for offside, the goal was finally approved. Jonah Anderson pulled back, Tobin Heath hit with her foot and put Hedwig Lyndall in the field. He was cruelly judged as his own goal for Jonah Anderson.
The lengthy revision VAR meant the match took seven minutes of extra time. After this goal, the match was halted and the USA had good control until the final signal. The United States will now face Spain in the Round of 16.
It was a tough game, and there was a lot of running. We are still playing good football, especially at the end of the first half and at the beginning of the second, we create some good chances. Their other goals are a bit lucky, I think, we still have a lot of positive things to take with us and a lot of things to improve too, says Sophia Jacobson.
As for Sweden, Canada awaits instead in eighth place, a team not quite unlike the United States, according to goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl.
It will be a difficult match, similar, but against another team in North America. We met Canada in the Algarve and then it was 0-0 after 90 minutes and then they won the penalty shootout. But without being disrespectful to Canada, I feel the United States is the biggest number, so I see we have good chances of being successful in our game, Lindall tells SVT Sport.