The United States made it a ideal three wins out of three at the Women's World Cup on Thursday by beating Sweden 2-0 to top Group F, as Chile missed a late penalty to lose out on the knockout stages at the death.
"Going into this game we're just focused on this new challenge".
"We know we have a knockout match on Monday and that's the most important game", said Gerhardsson, whose team will face Canada, ranked fifth in the world, in the round of 16. The best opportunity of the period for Sweden came from Kosovare Asllani received a slip pass and found herself faced up against United States goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher.
"We have things to work on to make sure we're sharper next game and the players know that", said USA coach Jill Ellis, who added she thought her players "showed a great mentality".
"We needed this game against a challenging opponent before we left the group", coach Jill Ellis said. The official determined that Lloyd didn't directly impact the play, and the goal stood.
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"When you have a group of players with self-belief.nine times out of 10 players can be very talented to make the roster but they need that quality and it is pivotal at a World Cup".
During the group stage, USWNT dominated by defeating Thailand 13-0 and then Chile 3-0. Team Sweden is no stranger to having success at the Women's World Cup. In 2016, Sweden knocked out the U.S.in the Summer Olympics quarterfinals.
As the tournament shifts into the single-elimination knockout rounds, let's take a look at which players and teams have been the stars of the WWC in France. Morgan was involved in a couple of collisions in the first half and at one point held her right knee.
"So, on the basis of that we discussed it, talked possibly more than ever about the starting XI, the coaches and players, we want to involve them in the decisions as well". The play was reviewed by the referee on the pitchside monitor as Lloyd appeared to be offside in the buildup, but the goal was allowed and ruled an own goal by Andersson as the US took a 2-0 win.
Sweden defeated the USWNT on penalties in the quarterfinals, handing the Americans their first Olympic loss in 16 years - and keeping them from reaching the gold medal match for the first time since women's soccer debuted at the Olympics in 1996. On a Megan Rapinoe-taken corner kick, a Samantha Mewis backheel at the near post put the ball into position for Horan's tap-in.