The Swedish women soccer team, in top form and without defeat at the Fifa Women’s World Cup, takes on the United States Thursday in an encounter that promises nothing but action.
Both teams are in Group F and have tasted no defeat ahead of their epic clash.
The US dismissed Chile 3 nil and are top of the group but with the same points with Sweden.
Sweden disciplined Thailand by five goals to one, a result that gives them confidence ahead of a showdown against the US.
Key in the match is pride, the battle for top post, as both teams have qualified the next stage.
Sweden won a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics and 12 of the victorious players are in this year’s squad.
Sweden has qualified for every Women’s World Cup, but only seen action in one World Cup Final in 2003 when they were humbled by Germany by two goals to one on a golden goal in overtime.
They have advanced to at least the round of 16 in every tournament, except for in 2007.
Football pundits in the US are using the game to judge the team.
The U.S. women breezed into the knockout rounds without getting anything close to a test from their first two games.
There was the 13-0 rout of Thailand in the opener.