This competition marks the United States’ earliest exit ever, and they will be left wondering how this happened after dominating the game. Musovic made one remarkable save after another for Sweden, stopping Morgan and Horan with excellent blocks, even hitting the bar to deny a shot from Heath in the first half.
Gerhardsson’s team struggled to convert a dramatic penalty shootout, where a sudden death occurred due to a series of misses after the first five penalties. O’Hara, who hadn’t taken a shot since just before the shootout, missed outside the post before Hertig clinched the extraordinary win.
Initially, Naeher had saved her penalty, but despite the heroic efforts of the U.S. goalkeeper, the ball bounced back down and crossed the line, according to VAR, indicating that her delay was due to Sweden’s progress, not her timely stoppage!