USA fans reflect on ‘devastating and stressful’ loss as Sweden fans revel in victory

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USA fans expressed their devastation after Sweden beat the United States 5-4 on penalties in their World Cup last-16 match.
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Sweden fans meanwhile chanted in the street outside the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium after knocking out the defending champions. The teams were at stalemate at the end of extra-time and Lina Hurtig’s agonising penalty broke the hearts of USA fans, condemning the holders to their earliest Women’s World Cup exit. Sweden will now head into a quarter-final against Japan but it was the first departure before the semi-finals in nine World Cups for the Americans, who were bidding for an unprecedented third consecutive title.

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