Sweden 0 United States 2: Title holders to face Spain in next round

Lindsey Horan's opener and a Jonna Andersson own goal saw Sweden fall to a 2-0 loss against Women's World Cup holders the United States.

Lindsey Horan scored within 2 minutes 40 seconds to register the fastest goal of France 2019.   -  Getty Images

The United States beat Sweden 2-0 to top Group F, meaning Jill Ellis' side will now meet Spain in the round of 16.

Lindsey Horan struck early to give USA the lead in Le Havre on Thursday, with an own goal by Jonna Andersson ensuring the reigning champion ends the group stage with a perfect record.

A 13-0 thumping of Thailand in its opening game of the tournament means USA also sets a record after scoring 18 goals during the group stage.

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Up next for three-time world champions USA will be Spain on Monday, while Sweden will take on Canada on the same day.

USA opened the scoring in the third minute, netting the fastest goal of the 2019 World Cup so far as Horan converted a corner with a neat finish within 2 minutes 40 seconds.

Kosovare Asllani had a chance to draw her side level but she was denied by USA goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, then Abby Dahlkemper did well to block the Sweden attacker's cross.

Sweden had frustrated USA but it found a crucial breakthrough in the 50th minute, with its second goal also surviving lengthy VAR checks as the technology continues to cause delays.

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Tobin Heath lashed home a drive that took a vital deflection off defender Andersson, with referee Anastasia Pustovoytova ruling an offside in the build-up should not see the goal disallowed.

Sweden thereafter appeared to have accepted their fate, but Nathalie Bjorn could have scored a consolation only to send a header over the crossbar from a Hanna Glas centre.

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