Thursday, 20 June 2019

FIFA Women's World Cup: USA beats Sweden to top group faces Spain in the round of 16

Lindsey Horan
The United States continued their impressive start to their Women's World Cup title defence as they beat rivals Sweden to top Group F.

Both sides were already assured of their places in the last 16, but the USA added to their 13-0 and 3-0 wins over Thailand and Chile with another strong performance in Le Havre.

Unmarked midfielder Lindsey Horan poked in the opener from an early corner, before Tobin Heath's strike deflected in off Chelsea defender Jonna Andersson as the USA added a controversial second after the break.

Jill Ellis' side face Spain in the next round while Sweden meet Canada, with both of those matches to be played on Monday.

Andersson's own goal came amid yet another debatable intervention involving VAR at this tournament, eventually being given despite USA substitute Carli Lloyd being in an offside position in the middle when the cross was played in.

Lloyd did not touch the ball, so was deemed not to have been interfering with play after a lengthy stoppage for the review, but her presence clearly affected Linda Sembrant's attempt to hook the cross clear, which diverted the ball towards Heath.

The USA will face Spain in Reims on Monday (17:00 BST), at the same ground where they demolished Thailand 13-0. The Spaniards finished second in Group B, behind Germany, and the stars and stripes will be the strong favourites for the tie.

Sweden face Group E runners-up Canada at the Parc des Princes later the same day (20:00 BST).

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