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Sweden’s second shootout stunner: Hosts Brazil ousted in semifinal

Brazil vs Sweden -  Semi Final: Women's Football - Olympics: Day 11

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Elin Rubensson of Sweden and Marta of Brazil in action during the Women’s Football Semi Final between Brazil and Sweden on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

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The “cowards” did it again.

Sweden knocked off hosts Brazil in penalty kicks after 120 minutes of 0-0 play in Rio on Monday, days after eliminated the No. 1 ranked United States of America.

Sweden will face either Germany or Canada in the gold medal match on Friday.

Hedvig Lindahl stopped Cristiane and Andressinha in penalty kicks to lift Pia Sundhage-led Sweden to the final.

Called “cowards” by USWNT goalkeeper Hope Solo for their defense-first approach, Sweden again used stingy defense and numbers behind the ball to limit chances.

Marta barely got her first attempt past a diving Lindahl to open the scoring, and we were off.

Lindahl flew left to deny Cristiane on Brazil’s second attempt, and Sweden was in the driver’s seat, but Brazil’s Barbara followed it up with a save of her own. 1-1 after two.

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