Chloe Logarzo and Australia Drop Matchday 2 to Sweden 4-2  Kansas City Current

Chloe Logarzo and Australia Drop Matchday 2 to Sweden 4-2

SAITAMA, Japan (July 24, 2021) — Australia fell 4-2 in a back-and-forth match with Sweden on Saturday morning, missing out on a potential opportunity to secure a place in the quarterfinal round. Kansas City NWSL midfielder Chloe Logarzo was available as a substitute, but is still yet to make her Tokyo Olympic debut. 

Fridolina Rolfö opened the scoring for Sweden in the 20th minute, smashing home a cutback cross past Australia’s goalkeeper. Matildas forward Sam Kerr leveled the match in the 36th minute, heading home a cross from forward Kyah Simon. The two sides entered the half tied at one, although Kerr was nearly awarded a penalty kick late in the first half that VAR deemed not a foul.  

Another header from Kerr gave Australia the lead in the 47th minute, a lead that lasted mere minutes before forward Lina Hurtig tied the game at two in the 51st minute. Another goal from Rolfö handed Sweden a 3-2 lead in the 62nd minute, but the Matlidas had a lifeline as Kerr was awarded a penalty kick in the 68th minute. However, Sweden goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl denied Kerr from the spot, helping maintain Sweden’s one-goal lead. 

Sweden forward Stina Blackstenius padded the lead with an insurance goal in the 81st minute, and Lindahl made another massive one-on-one save on Kerr to keep Sweden’s lead at 4-2. Australia currently sits at third place in Group G, and are faced with a crucial clash against the United States on Tuesday morning. Logarzo will look to make her first appearance in Tokyo for the Matildas in Tuesday’s match, which kicks off at 3:00 a.m. CT on USA Network and Telemundo.  

SAITAMA, Japan (July 24, 2021) — Australia fell 4-2 in a back-and-forth match with Sweden on Saturday morning, missing out on a potential opportunity to secure a place in the quarterfinal round. Kansas City NWSL midfielder Chloe Logarzo was available as a substitute, but is still yet to make her Tokyo Olympic debut. 

Fridolina Rolfö opened the scoring for Sweden in the 20th minute, smashing home a cutback cross past Australia’s goalkeeper. Matildas forward Sam Kerr leveled the match in the 36th minute, heading home a cross from forward Kyah Simon. The two sides entered the half tied at one, although Kerr was nearly awarded a penalty kick late in the first half that VAR deemed not a foul.  

Another header from Kerr gave Australia the lead in the 47th minute, a lead that lasted mere minutes before forward Lina Hurtig tied the game at two in the 51st minute. Another goal from Rolfö handed Sweden a 3-2 lead in the 62nd minute, but the Matlidas had a lifeline as Kerr was awarded a penalty kick in the 68th minute. However, Sweden goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl denied Kerr from the spot, helping maintain Sweden’s one-goal lead. 

Sweden forward Stina Blackstenius padded the lead with an insurance goal in the 81st minute, and Lindahl made another massive one-on-one save on Kerr to keep Sweden’s lead at 4-2. Australia currently sits at third place in Group G, and are faced with a crucial clash against the United States on Tuesday morning. Logarzo will look to make her first appearance in Tokyo for the Matildas in Tuesday’s match, which kicks off at 3:00 a.m. CT on USA Network and Telemundo.  

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