USA pay the penalty

America's profligacy in front of goal cost them dearly as they were defeated in the quarter-finals of the Olympic Games on penalties by Sweden.

The United States women's football team will be thoroughly disappointed to be exiting the Rio Olympics at the quarter-final stage despite dominating the entire game against Sweden.

They missed chance after chance and then found themselves behind on 61 minutes as Stina Blackstenius scored against the run of play for Sweden after being set up superbly by Lisa Dahlkvist.

America stuck back in the 77th minute through Alex Morgan to force extra time and had many chances to take the win but their wastefulness came back to haunt them as the match ended 1-1 after 120 minutes, meaning the tie would be decided on the lottery of penalties.

Morgan missed the very first kick of the penalty shootout to put USA on the back foot once again, but Hope Solo brought them back into the game with a terrific save to deny Linda Sembrant's spot kick.

Unfortunately Christen Press also went on to miss, allowing Lisa Dahlkvist to step up and slot home the winning penalty and give Sweden a truly smash-and-grab win.

In the other final-eight match of the night, Melanie Behringer scored the only goal of the game as Germany triumphed over China 1-0 to book their place in the semi-finals.

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