Women's World Cup 2019: As it happened- USA beats Sweden, finishes as Group E topper

Lindsey Horan scored the fastest goal of the tournament as USA beat Sweden in its final group stage fixture. This is how the action unfolded:

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's live blog of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019.

The action kicks off today at Stade Océane in Le Havre, where Sweden takes on USA in Group F. Both teams are through to the round of 16, and both have six points each.

Sweden comes into this match from a 5-1 win against Thailand in its last fixture, while USA enjoyed a 3-0 victory over Chile in its previous clash.

Today, both teams will be gunning for the three points, as that would ensure the top spot in the group. So let's get going!

This is Manasi Pathak and I will be giving you all updates from the match.

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FULL TIME: SWEDEN 0-2 USA- The Americans end on the top of Group F. Sweden finishes second. In Group F, Chile and Thailand both are knocked out.

90' GREAT SAVE! Lloyd should make it 3-0 but Lindahl makes a superb save to deny her! Lloyd is played through on goal and she just has the keeper to beat, but she drills her shot straight at Lindahl, who stands firm and denies the veteran striker.

86' Chile has meanwhile missed a golden chance to progress further- Francisca Lara has missed from the penalty spot as she hit the crossbar. Nigeria will go through if Chile fail to score the third goal, with less than five minutes of regulation time pending.

82' O'Hara makes a sloppy pass at the back and it hands Sweden a corner after Naeher is unable to stop the ball from going out of play. However, the resulting corner flies straight out of play, dropping onto the roof of the net.

80' Meanwhile in Group F - Chile has doubled its lead, thanks to a header from Maria Urrutia. Chile needs at least one more goal to qualify, otherwise Nigeria will go through as the 16th team.

CORRECTION: The second goal has been credited to Andersson on account of being an own goal, instead of giving it to Tobin Heath- the VAR officials have confirmed.

70' CLOSE! Asllani whips a superb ball into the box from the free-kick, aiming for the far post but it's got slightly too much on it and none of her teammates are able to get on the end of it. Naeher was beaten if anyone got a touch there.

STAT: This is the sixth Women’s World Cup meeting between Sweden and USA; already the most played fixture in the history of the competition – each match has also come in the group stages.

66' Rolfo doesn't very well down the left wing, she beats O'Hara and gets to the byline, whipping an excellent cross into the box that Naeher has to push out wide. The substitute has already made a positive impact since coming on.

STAT:  USA has now scored 18 group stage goals at the 2019 Women's World Cup, breaking the record for the most goals in a group stage in a World Cup tournament (men's and women's); previously held jointly by Hungary in 1954 and Norway in 1995 (17 goals).


50' GOAL! SWEDEN 0-2 USA. Tobin Heath doubles USA's lead as she rushes in from the right and scores from a tight angle, to find the top corner. Although the shot takes a deflection off Andersson, it is credited to Heath's name. It undergoes a VAR check to look for a possible offside, but the referee finds no trouble. Heath has made it two.

49' News coming in from the other fixture of Group F - Chile has opened its account with Waraporn Boonsing scoring an own goal. Thailand 0-1 Chile.

46' Second half is underway. Carli Lloyd has come on for the Americans.


HALF TIME: SWEDEN 0-1 USA: Lindsey Horan's 3rd minute goal separates the two sides at the break.

45+2' Jakobsson attacks from the right wing as she fires a cross, which is played across the face of goal. Naeher dives to her right and gets her fingers to it, to deflect it. That's the last action from the first half.

45' Lavelle storms through the middle of the park with the ball at her feet. She lays it off for Rapinoe on the left, who awaits an onrushing Morgan. Morgan however completely misses connecting with the ball, and USA loses possession.

38' Heath wins the ball as the Swedish team is out of its positions. She runs with the ball and takes a shot from distance, instead of passing it to Rapinoe or the others. The shot, eventually, flies over.

36' That's better from Sweden! Asllani with a good cross into the box, with a couple of players waiting in the penalty area. However, Dahlkemper reads it well and manages to block.

30' We are at the half an hour mark now and it remains the United States who leads 1-0 thanks to Horan's early strike. Sweden is just dropping back and letting its opponents have the ball.

STAT: USA is unbeaten in its last 12 World Cup matches (W9 D3) since a 1-2 defeat against Sweden in 2011, winning each of its last seven - in the competition’s history, only Norway (10 straight wins between June 1995 and June 1999) has been on a longer winning run.

23' SIDE NETTING...AND OFFSIDE! Lavelle does brilliantly to dribble all the way to the edge of the Sweden box, it looks like she is about to fire a shot at goal herself, but instead plays it through to Rapinoe, who drags her shot just wide of the post and into the sidenetting. However, the offside flag is up so it wouldn't have counted.

21'  CHANCE! Asllani creates the best chance of the match so far for Sweden as she is fed a ball from Jakobsson, from the edge of the box. Creating space for herself, she takes a shot- which sees Naeher stoop low to collect it.

18' Heath rushes in from the right flank and Morgan is alert to follow it through. She gets to the ball but it is lobbed over the bar.

16' Long range efforts at goal for both teams. First Mewis tries her luck but Lindahl gets down quickly to make the save. Lavelle then misplaces a pass in a dangerous area and Blackstenius picks it up, but her shot is straight at Naeher.

14' The midfield trio of Horan, Mewis and Lavelle are dominating the game at the moment, really stretching Sweden and linking up play well between defence and attack.

STAT: This is the fourth goal the US has scored in the opening three minutes of a Women's World Cup match, and the first since Lloyd did so in the last World Cup against Japan.


3' GOAL! SWEDEN 0-1 USA. LINDSEY HORAN SCORES! It took USA just 2 minutes and 40 seconds to find the net as Lindsey Horan tapped the ball into the net from Megan Rapinoe's corner.

1' KICKOFF. USA gets us underway.


- Once again, the teams walk out to 'Seven Nation Army' being played in the background. It's time for the national anthems of Sweden and USA.

- Both teams have made seven changes for tonight's game, after the United States rested key players for the Chile game, with the likes of Lloyd, Press and Krieger all starting. It has reverted to almost the same starting XI that beat Thailand in the opening game, with just Sauerbrunn replacing Ertz.

-  The winner of this match will be the table topper of Group F. USA currently sits on top with six points, with a goal difference of +16. Sweden too has six points, however it has a goal difference of +6.


SWEDEN (4-2-3-1): Hedvig Lindahl; Jonna Andersson, Linda Sembrant, Amanda Ilestedt, Nathalie Bjorn; Caroline Seger, Olivia Schough; Sofia Jakobsson, Kosovare Asllani, Julia Zigiotti; Stina Blackstenius.

USA (4-3-3): Alyssa Naeher; Kelley O'Hara, Abby Dahlkemper, Becky Sauerbrunn, Crystal Dunn; Rose Lavelle, Lindsey Horan, Sam Mewis; Tobin Heath, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe.