Real Madrid Femenino’s Sofia Jakobsson and Kosovare Asllani started for Sweden against the U.S. Women’s National Team. The game kicked off at a rapid pace. The USWNT took control around the 20th minute. They created opportunities in the 18th, 19th and 21st minute but Carli Lloyd and Rose Lavelle were unable to convert.
Asllani looked to push the Swedish team forward in transition and they looked dangerous on the counter. The breakthrough came off of a Swedish set-piece. Asllani found Lina Hurtig at the near post and Hurtig headed the ball off the post and into the back of the net.
Sweden had a chance to double their lead before the half ended but Alyssa Naeher saved Fridolina Rolfo’s shot.
The U.S. carved out the first chance of the second half. Lindsey Horan and Lavelle linked up to free Lavelle. Her shot flew wide.
In the 54th minute Jakobsson was in on goal and tried to round the keeper but the Swedes were unable to finish.
The U.S. responded with a flurry of half-chances but couldn’t convert. As the match wore on Asllani, Jakobsson and the rest of the Swedish National Team defended admirably to keep the U.S. out.
But Kelley O’Hara won a penalty kick in the 87th minute and Megan Rapinoe dispatched to make it 1-1.
U.S. substitute Kristie Mewis had two opportunities to score the game-winner but both shots were fired wide.