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Heavyweight clash finishes goalless
 Women's Football News 13 Jun 2015
 
United States 0 Sweden 0
A tightly contested match between two of the world's top five teams finished goalless in Winnipeg as they cancelled each other out on the night. 
 
Despite the best efforts of both teams, neither United States or Sweden could make a breakthrough and the draw sets up a tense final day in the group with Australia sandwiched inbetween the two teams in the table.
 
The first corner of the game came just before the midway point of the first half and Sweden were to have loud shouts for a penalty as Caroline Seger's shot struck the arm of Sydney Leroux but play was waved on.
 
USA hit back by creating their best opportunity so far, Morgan Brian whipping a dangerous cross into the area which neither Carli Lloyd or Leroux could convert.
 
Chances were otherwise scarce as the two defences dominated proceedings, meaning that both goalkeepers were well protected, as were the respective clean sheets.
 
Hedvig Lindahl needed to tip away an angled shot by Lloyd at the start of the second half, whilst Therese Sjogran fired narrowly over the bar at the other end from distance.
 
Gaps started to open up as the half wore on, first Sweden passed up a great opportunity when Sjogran's pass released Lotta Schelin and an accurate return ball would have put the midfielder clean through on goal, however Schelin's pass was poor and the chance was wasted.
 
USA went back on the attack with Megan Rapinoe whipping in a dangerous cross but Jessica Samuelsson did brilliantly to head away under pressure from Lloyd at the far post, injuring herself in the process.
 
Another Rapinoe cross almost led to a USA breakthrough with Abby Wambach's header being turned over the bar by Lindahl. The resulting corner, taken by Rapinoe, was headed wide by Lloyd in front of goal.
 
Sofia Jakobsson saw a shot deflected just wide at the other end but Sweden were to go even closer from a corner, Seger's lob would have found the net but for Meghan Klingenberg who headed off the line with a little help from the crossbar.
 
USA inflicted heavy pressure during the late stages of the match but Sweden stood firm to keep them at bay, with Lindahl in fine form between the posts. The United States are likely to be the happier side with the result although they could not get the goal which would have booked their place in the knockout stages with a game to play. 
 
United States: Hope Solo, Alex Krieger, Meghan Klingenberg, Morgan Brian (sub Amy Rodriguez 58mins), Becky Sauerbrunn, Julie Johnston, Megan Rapinoe, Sydney Leroux (sub Alex Morgan 78mins), Christen Press (sub Abby Wambach 67mins), Carli Lloyd, Lauren Holiday.

Sweden: Hedvig Lindahl, Elin Rubensson, Jessica Samuelsson, Caroline Seger, Nilla Fischer, Lina Nilsson (sub Linda Sembrant 70mins), Lisa Dahlkvist, Lotta Schelin, Amanda Ilestedt, Sofia Jakobsson, Therese Sjogran (sub Emilia Appelqvist 75mins).

Player of the match: Hedvig Lindahl.

 
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