Brazil’s dreams of winning Olympic football gold took another hit as the women’s national team was defeated in a semi-final on penalties by Sweden.
After a scoreless 90 minutes as well as extra time, the European side held their nerve in front of a hostile crowd at the Maracana to prevail 4-3 in a shootout.
With the score in the shootout level at three after four kicks, Andressinha saw her shot saved by Sweden goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl.
Lisa Dahlkvist then converted Sweden’s final spot kick past the outstretched arms of Brazil’s Barbara to seal a spot in the final tomorrow.
Brazil had beaten the Swedes 5-1 in the group stage of this Olympic tournament, and were hoping to qualify for the final in style.
But Sweden came into the match on the back of an upset win – also on penalties – over defending Olympic champions the United States, and were well-prepared to play a defensive game.
Coach Pia Sundhage, who led the United States to gold in 2008 and 2012 now has a chance to win the Olympic tournament a third time with her native country.
Sweden will face Germany in the final, who defeated Canada 2-0 in the other semi-final. Brazil will take on Canada in the bronze medal match.