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U.S. Surrenders First Goal In Women's World Cup

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U.S. Surrenders First Goal In Women's World Cup

Nilla Fischer of Sweden and America’s Abby Wambach battle for the ball during their Group C match in the Women’s World Cup. Sweden took an early 1-0 advantage in the match.

Martin Rose

The U.S. women’s soccer team faces Sweden in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Wednesday, trying to wrap up group play by winning Group C. But Sweden went ahead 1-0 in the 14th minute, after Amy LePeilbet was given a yellow card for bringing down a Swedish player just outside the penalty box.

The resulting penalty kick and goal by Lisa Dahlkvist broke U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo’s run of shutouts in the tournament.

A win or a draw would be enough for the U.S. win the group. The loser of the match will be the runner-up in Group C — meaning they’ll face Brazil in the next round.

Earlier Wednesday, Brazil finished first in Group D, on the strength of seven goals scored in its first three matches. Both France and Germany have also scored seven goals — but unlike their European rivals, the Brazilian women didn’t allow a goal in group play.

Injuries threatened to hurt the U.S. chances, with Heather O’Reilly scratched from the lineup due to a groin injury. And Abby Wambach was slowed by a heel injury that kept her out of two training sessions this week.

The next match for the U.S. squad will be on Sunday, July 10. We’ll update this post as the U.S.-Sweden match progresses.

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