LE HAVRE, France – Sweden goalkeeper Hesvid Lindal is not afraid of the US football team. After all, she was in goal when her team pulled the Americans out of the Olympics in 2016 in the quarterfinals. This was their earliest exit ever in a big tournament, and the defeat still resonates and motivates the United States team. when the teams meet in one of the final games in a group game. Lindall said she was convinced that Americans would be determined to "put us in place."
"I have read something that the loss of the Olympic Games has really affected them," Lindal said on Wednesday. "They want to show that they have changed since then."
This match changed the direction of the US team in terms of staff and tactics. Subsequently, goalkeeper Hope Solo shamefully called the Swedes a "bunch of cowards" to turn into defense and show little interest in trading with Americans. This comment, as well as several incidents, preceded him, actually put an end to Solo's national team.
At the previous Olympic and World Championships, the Americans had a world class goalie; now have Alice Naehler, rookie at the World Cup. After 13-0 over Thailand and 3-0 against Chile, Naehler will receive his first big test against Sweden. , moving to a more attacking formation. If the opponent denies the place of the Americans, they create it.
"For me it was a realization that we should be able to break the teams in many ways," says Ellis. "This is what this team has: the ability to play between the lines, the lines. This is a multidimensional team.
As Americans want to focus on the present, the team has used historical failure as a fuel. Norway's loss to the World Cup semifinals in 1995 was followed by a gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games. Japan's loss of World Cup finals in 2011 led to a dominating performance against many of the same players in the title for 2015
Midfielder Julie Erts said he has kept a photo of the 2016 Olympic defeat as a screensaver on her phone. Striker Christine Press, who missed the last United States penalty shoot-out this morning, said on Wednesday he was looking at parts of that loss.
"The biggest lesson for me was about character," said Press. "When I look back at my career, all the moments I'm proud of came after failure. It's easiest to point out and see this apparent failure and then figure out how I reacted to it. "
. "When small failures happen day by day," she added, "I can look back at such moments and know that I can handle it."
This game also changed the mood of Sweden. The Swedes now know they can defeat the Americans. Sweden has been in power for a long time, but it has been thwarted by its American rival throughout the history of the World Cup. No other team has ever met in the tournament, and this is the fifth time they have been placed in the same group.
With victory or draw on Thursday, the Americans will finish first in the group and play Spain in the round. 16. Potential conflict against host France then rises in the quarterfinals. The team that finishes second in the group will probably have an easier way, avoiding France.
"I think the DNA of our team is to want to win and do very well," said US defender Abby Dalkemper yesterday
Swedish coach Peter Gerhardsson said the escape of France is not an objective. "You can play football in just one way," said Gerhardsson. "Even if you are 5 or 6 years old, you want to win. You want to win it. "