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The United States women’s football team falls to Sweden at the opening of the Olympics

The U.S. women’s football team were routed in their Olympic opener on Wednesday by Sweden, the same opponent that knocked them out of the Rio 2016 Games.

Sweden beat the Americans 3-0, a devastating start for the reigning world champions. The team hadn’t lost a game since January 2019, but Wednesday’s surprise before an empty stadium ended that 44-game winning streak.

The United States entered the Tokyo Olympics in hopes of becoming the first women’s team to win Olympic gold after winning the Cup. The loss to Sweden makes things more difficult.

The United States faces New Zealand on Saturday.

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