Reigning Olympic and world champions the USA have been eliminated from the women's football tournament following a stunning quarter-final upset by Sweden, the world no. 6, who are led by former USA head coach Pia Sundhage.
The two teams finished normal time tied at 1-1, denying Hope Solo her 107th international career clean sheet. In the first-ever shoot-out in women's Olympic football, Sweden goaltender Hedvig Lindahl stopped one penalty and a second USA attempt sailed over the net.
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