U.S. women's soccer team out of Olympics after shootout loss

Alex Morgan and Christen Press missed penalties in a shootout and the United States women's soccer team crashed out of the Olympics without a medal after losing to Sweden in the quarterfinals on Friday.

Morgan's 77th-minute goal had canceled out Stina Blackstenius' opener for Sweden before the game went to penalties at 1-1, where Sweden won 4-3 and eliminated the three-time defending gold medalists.

After the U.S. failed to medal for the first time since women's soccer became an Olympic sport in 1996, goalkeeper Hope Solo criticized Sweden's defensive style of play.

"I thought that we played a courageous game," Solo said. "I thought that we had many opportunities on goal. I think we showed a lot of heart. We came back from a goal down, I'm very proud of this team.

"I also think we played a bunch of cowards. But, you know, the best team did not win today; I strongly, firmly believe that. I think you saw America's heart. You saw us give everything that we had today. Unfortunately the better team didn't win."

Told about Solo's comments, Sweden coach Pia Sundhage said: "It's OK to be a coward if you win."

The U.S. threatened three minutes into the game when Morgan's header was cleared off the line, and Morgan Brian's follow-up attempt was tipped over the bar by Sweden keeper Hedvig Lindahl.

Morgan started another U.S. charge in the 27th minute when she carried the ball wide of the goal then cut back for Carli Lloyd, whose first-time shot was saved.

The Americans' best chance in the first half came just before the break when Mallory Pugh played through Lloyd, but Lindahl came off her line to make a good save.

Lloyd came close again as the second half began, but her free kick sailed over the bar.

Sweden, led by former U.S. Sundhage, took the lead in the 61st minute when Lisa Dahlkvist split the U.S. center-backs with a long through ball from within her own half. Substitute Blackstenius ran onto the ball, took one touch and sent a low shot past Solo inside the far post.

The U.S. pushed for an equalizer and came close 10 minutes later when substitute Crystal Dunn squared the ball to a sliding Morgan, who could not keep a shot on target, and Lloyd's follow-up went wide.

With Sweden packing defenders into the box, Pugh's shot went high, before Brian's header drifted wide of the post.

But the U.S. were back level in the 77th minute when Dunn flicked on a long pass with a header that caromed off the face of Sweden's Jessica Samuelsson and fell to Morgan, who slotted home with her first touch from 10 yards.

Lloyd nearly found a winner moments later, but her shot from just inside the box was sent wide with the slightest of deflections from a defender.

With the game still level at the end of 90 minutes, the game went to extra time, where in the 101st minute Morgan tried to round the keeper, but again Lindahl was there to save a shot from a tight angle.

Lloyd thought she had scored a winner in the closing stages, but her goal was ruled out for a foul before her header.

And moments later the U.S. was lucky not be behind as Lotta Schelin's goal for Sweden was controversially ruled offside after the U.S. defenders failed to clear a cross.

The U.S. controlled the large majority of possession for the rest of the extra 30 minutes but could not find a winner, and the game went to penalties for the first time in Olympic history.

Morgan opened the shootout but saw her penalty saved by a diving Lindahl, and Sweden was ahead until Solo tipped Linda Sembrant's attempt over the bar in the third round.

But Press fired her shot in the fifth and final round over the bar, and Dahlkvist fired past Solo as Sweden, ranked sixth in the world, advanced to the semifinals for the first time in its history.

Brazil 0 (7), Australia 0 (6)

The Brazilian women's team maintained a perfect record at the 2016 Rio games, beating Australia 7-6 on penalties after the match finished 0-0 after 120 minutes to advance to the semifinals of the competition.

With the shootout level at 4-4, Australia goalkeeper Lydia Williams saved Marta's penalty to open the door for her team, but Barbara saved the potential match-winner from Katrina-Lee Gorry and the shootout continued until Alanna Kennedy's penalty was parried away to give Brazil the 7-6 win.

Both teams were on the attack from the start, but it was the Brazilians that would have the first real chance of the match. Bia Zaneratto found herself on the end of a set-piece cross from Tamires, but her headed effort from outside the box just missed to the left.

Minutes later, Debinha had a great chance on the counter-attack, but her right footed shot from outside the box was saved by Williams.

Australia were pressing high and creating turnovers and chances against the Brazil defense. The best of the first half came in the 28th minute when Samantha Kerr headed a pass to Kennedy only to have her right-footed shot saved by Barbara.

Just before half-time, Debinha picked up a lovely through ball in the penalty area, cut to her right and shot toward goal only to see her right-footed effort sail over the crossbar.

Brazil opened the second half on the front foot and had an early chance in the 52nd minute. A long counter-attack started with a pass over the top of the Australian defense that landed on the foot of Andressa Alves, but Williams broke up her cross to Deborah in front of the goalmouth.

The back-and-forth match continued into extra time after the score was still tied 0-0 after 90 minutes plus injury time.

Alves had the best chance in extra time with a free kick from just outside the penalty area, but her curling effort went over the Australia goal.

Marta's 118th minute chance on the counter from close range was blocked away by Williams and the game went to penalties after 120 minutes of scoreless play where the hosts prevailed.

Brazil will play Sweden in the semifinal.

Canada 1, France 0

The United States' North American neighbors Canada advanced to the semifinals with a 1-0 defeat of France in Sao Paulo.

Sophie Schmidt got on the end of a Janine Beckie cross and powerfully placed the ball into the roof of the French net in the 56th minute for the game's only goal.

Canada's win sets up a rematch with Group F opponents Germany in the last four. Canada won the first match 2-1.

Germany 1, China 0

Melanie Behringer scored to help Germany reach the semifinals with a tight win over China.

China's Wang Shanshan came on as a half-time substitute but was sent off for a second yellow card 12 minutes later, before Behringer hit a bouncing ball into the back of the net from 25 yards for the only goal in the 76th minute.

China had a chance to level the score when Leonie Maier brought down Wang Shuang in the 83rd minute, but the striker hit the resulting penalty off the post.