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Sweden defeats US to end 43-game unbeaten run

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 7, 2014 at 3:50 pm •  Published: March 7, 2014
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ALBUFEIRA, Portugal (AP) — Sweden eked out a 1-0 victory over the United States to end the American women's 43-game unbeaten run and deny them any chance of reaching the Algarve Cup final, which Germany reached on Friday after clinching its group.

Sweden goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl saved Abby Wambach's penalty before Lotta Schelin headed home what proved to be the 24th-minute winner.

The U.S. dominated at the Municipal Stadium but, just as in the 1-1 draw against Japan, the nine-time tournament winner could not make that quality count.

In the closing moments Lindahl denied chances from substitutes Kristie Mewis and Sarah Hagen before Mewis shot wide from close range in stoppage time.

Sweden leads Group B with six points, while Japan is second with four points after Mana Iwabuchi's first-half free kick fired it to a 1-0 win over Denmark.

Japan must beat Sweden in its final group game since only the group winner reaches the final.

Germany ensured its place in the final with a 1-0 victory over China as the European champions secured Group A with one game in hand.

"I'm very satisfied. That was hard work today," Germany coach Silvia Neid said.

Anja Mittag scored the only goal with six minutes to play as Germany followed up its win over Iceland with a hard-fought victory that took it to six points — three better than China and Iceland, with Norway pointless. Germany's wins over China and Iceland means it will advance even if it ends level on six points.

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