Algarve Cup: USA one size too big

USA - Sweden 3 - 2 (2-0)
Sweden: Caroline Jönsson - Marlene Sjöberg (60 Anna Paulsson), Hanna Marklund, Stina Segerström, Sara Thunebro - Nilla Fischer, Therese Sjögran (78 Therese Lundin), Salina Olsson (51 Frida Östberg) - Lotta Schelin (73 Sara Johansson), Maria Aronsson (51 Victoria Svensson), Frida Nordin (51 Josefine Öqvist)
Goals: 1-0 Abby Wambach (40), 2-0 Carli Lloyd (44), 2-1 Josefine Öqvist (71), 3-1 Abby Wambach (72), Victoria Svensson (82 PK)
USA dominated the encounter completely in the first half, establishing an almost constant pressure against the Swedish defense. The USA was stronger, faster and more aggressive, especially in the attack. Their defense kept feeding long balls over the midfield directly to their attackers and Sweden had a hard time following. Sweden hardly managed to establish any play on USA's half and the defense had huge problems keeping up. USA's 2-0 halftime lead would have been bigger if it hadn't been for good goalkeeping by Caroline Jönsson.
Things looked up a bit in the second half, when Östberg, Svensson and Öqvist got subbed in after a few minutes. Sweden managed to gain ground on the American half and create more in the offense. Josefine Öqvist headed in a goal from a Sjögran corner-kick, but almost immideately after USA once again proved to strong and to fast when Wambach escaped a passive Swedish defense. Victoria Svensson's late penalty kick goal wasn't enough and the US victory was, particulary considering the first half, undisputed.
Lotta Schelin went down in duel 15 minutes into the game, and seemed to have hurt her shoulder. She kept om playing for another hour, but her participation in the match against france is in doubt.
Svensk Fotboll:
USA numret större än Sverige
Göteborgsposten: Sverige utan chans mot USA, Schelin snart tillbaka i träning
Dagens Nyheter: Ingen final i Algarve Cup, Schelin frågetecken i avslutningen
Expressen: Schelin skadad

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