Tokyo Olympics: Megan Rapinoe admits USA Women ‘got our asses kicked’ by Sweden

Megan Rapinoe has conceded USA Women ‘got our asses kicked’ and were ‘bopped’ by Sweden in their opening group game at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday.

The world No 1 side were stunned by the Swedes in the Group G clash in Japan as they fell to their first defeat in 30 months.

United States star Rapinoe, who came on in the 64th minute with her side trailing 2-0, admitted they seemed ‘nervous’ but were ultimately not good enough. 

Megan Rapinoe has conceded USA Women ‘got our asses kicked’ by Sweden at the Olympics

Sweden’s Stina Blackstenius (No 11) scored two goals in their surprise 3-0 win on Wednesday

‘We got our asses kicked, didn’t we?’ she said. ‘I thought we were a little tight, a little nervous, just doing dumb stuff. 

‘Did we expect this result tonight? No. It’s frustrating, and it’s frustrating that it’s Sweden. They found a lot of space on us. 

‘I don’t even know how many goals we have given up this whole year. I don’t remember the last time we gave up a goal. So to give up three is not great.

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‘It is what it is. We got bopped, and we have two more games coming quick and fast.

‘And now we know exactly what we need to do. We need to win these games and eventually get out of the group and go from there.’ 

In an empty Tokyo Stadium, Sweden inflicted the first loss on the four-times Olympic gold medallists in 45 matches, with forward Stina Blackstenius punishing sloppy US play with a brace before Lina Hurtig rounded off the win.

Sweden knocked out the USA at quarter-final stage in 2016 and started these Games strongly

No team has ever won Olympic gold while world champions since women’s football made its Games debut in 1996.  

Wednesday’s group clash was a rematch of the 2016 quarter-final in Brazil, which the Scandinavians won on penalties. 

Sweden now lead Group G heading into Saturday’s game against Australia in Saitama, while the United States face New Zealand at the same stadium. The top two teams in the group advance to the knockout round. 

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