Written by Staff Writer
13 Aug, 2016 | 6:34 am
Sweden knocked the United States out of the women’s Olympic soccer tournament on Friday (August 12), recording one of the sport’s biggest shocks by beating the holders 4-3 on penalties in the quarter-final after the two sides drew 1-1 after extra time.
Lisa Dahlkvist converted Sweden’s final penalty after Alex Morgan and Christen Press missed for the holders in the shootout. Linda Sembrant also missed for Sweden.
The United States, who dominated large parts of the match, have won four of the last five Olympic golds and had never not reached the Games final.
Sweden scored against the run of play after 61 minutes when Stina Blackstenius ran on to a defence-splitting pass and calmly slotted the ball past U.S. keeper Hope Solo.
The U.S., however, kept plugging away and scored a deserved equaliser after 77 minutes as the ball ricocheted off the face of Jessica Samuelsson and fell perfectly for Morgan to fire home from eight metres.
Sweden will play in the semi-finals against either hosts Brazil or Australia, who face each other on Friday.
China play Germany and Canada face France in the other two last-eight ties
Canada’s Rosie MacLennan has made it a habit of rising to the occasion whenever she sees the Olympic rings beneath her while she soars through the air and she became the first trampoline gymnast to win back-to-back golds on Friday.
The 27-year-old had been a surprise champion four years ago and was expected to be upstaged in Rio by Chinese world champion Li Dan or 2008 Beijing gold medallist He Wenna.
During qualifying earlier on Friday, MacLennan trailed Li but she soared to the top of the podium with a gravity-defying routine in the final that earned her a score of 56.465 and wild cheers from the crowd. It was Canada’s second gold in Rio.
Li followed her on to the apparatus and had been expected to leapfrog the Canadian in the standings but when her score of 55.885 flashed up, she realised that not only was she not top, she had also been pipped to the silver medal by Britain’s Bryony Page.
Page, who finished seventh in qualifying, was in floods of tears as she knelt on the floor when she realised that she had earned Britain their first ever medal in trampolining when Li failed to overtake her.
France’s Emilie Andeol overcame Cuba’s Idalys Ortiz to win the women’s +78kg category on Friday, claiming her country’s first judo gold medal of the Games and sending French supporters into a frenzy.
Andeol knocked out top seed Yu Song of China in the semi-final, before finally beating London gold medallist Ortiz in over three minutes of “golden score” extra time with a match-ending ippon.
Ortiz’s silver is her third Olympic medal. She won bronze in Beijing in 2008.
Yu and Japan’s Kanae Yamabe won bronze.
France, one of just three countries fielding a full team of 14 judokas in Rio, had claimed two silver medals and one bronze heading into the final day of Olympic judo action.
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