US beat Sweden to top group
LE HAVRE, France (AP):
defending champions USA faced their toughest test of the FIFA Women’s World Cup and remained dominant yesterday, beating Sweden 2-0 to serve up a measure of revenge against the team that stunned the confident Americans in the last Olympics.
Lindsey Horan scored within the first three minutes, the fastest goal of this tournament. The United States went up 2-0 on an own goal off Jonna Andersson in the 50th minute that gave the Americans a tournament-record 18 goals in the group stage. The US did not concede a goal in their first three matches.
“We needed this next level and we responded to that. That’s the ignition we needed,” US coach Jill Ellis said.
Already assured a spot in the round of 16 before the game, the United States finished atop their group and will head to Reims to face Spain on Monday. Sweden will play Canada in Paris.
Other games on the day saw Chile beating Thailand 2-0 to finish third in Group F while the Netherlands beat Canada 2-1 to top Group E and give their opponents the runners-up spot. Cameroon beat New Zealand by the same score to finish third. The competition returns to action tomorrow with the Round of 16.