US women lose to Sweden, end 43-game unbeaten run
The U.S. women’s soccer team lost 1-0 to Sweden at the Algarve Cup, ending its 43-game unbeaten run.
The loss Friday, in a match against former U.S. coach Pia Sundhage, prevents the Americans from reaching the final. They’ve won it nine times in 18 previous trips.
Abby Wambach’s penalty shot was saved by Sweden goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl before Lotta Schelin headed home what proved to be the winner in the 26th minute.
Lindahl denied late chances from American substitutes Kristie Mewis and Sarah Hagen. Mewis shot wide from close range in stoppage time at Municipal Stadium in Albufiera, Portugal.
The Americans played without forward Alex Morgan, who is sidelined with an ankle injury.
Sweden leads Group B with six points, while the U.S. has one point with one game left.