Solo: Sweden a bunch of cowards

United States goalkeeper Hope Solo has done herself no favours after branding Sweden 'a bunch of cowards' in the wake of Friday's Olympic quarter-final match.

Solo, who had been booed by Brazilians throughout the tournament following her controversial comments about the Zika virus, struggled to come to terms with her side's early exit from the Rio Olympics.

Sweden held USWNT to a 1-1 draw in regulation time, before going on to win the match on penalties.

And, in her post-match interview, Solo claimed Sweden were 'a bunch of cowards' due to their defensive approach to the match.

"The best team did not win today," said Solo. "I'm very proud of this team.

"But I also think we played a bunch of cowards. They didn't want to open the game.

"They tried to counter with long balls. I don't think they're going to make it far in the tournament.

"I think it was very cowardly. They're moving on and we're going home."

Solo's comments did not go down well with Sweden coach Pia Sundhage, who previously coached the keeper during her time at the helm of the USA women's team.

When asked about Solo's disparaging comments, Sundhage said: "I don't give a crap. I'm going to Rio; she's going home.

"It's okay to be a coward if you win."

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