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Sweden’s World Cup heartbreak continues: ‘Tired of crying big tournament tears’

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Sweden’s World Cup heartbreak continued Tuesday with a 2-1 loss to Spain in the semifinals.

Late drama featured Spain going up 1-0 before Sweden managed to pull even a few minutes later. But Spain would not be denied, scoring in the 89th minute to seal the win.

In Women’s World Cup history, Sweden consistently has been among the best teams, but their fifth semifinal appearance ended in familiar fashion. The loss to Spain was their fourth in the semifinal round, which is the most among all World Cup teams.

Back-to-back World Cup semifinals, a Women’s Euro semifinal appearance last year and a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 tell the story of this Sweden team, which has always been good – just not good enough.

“I’m tired of crying big tournament tears,” vice-captain Kosovare Asllani said following the loss. “I don’t think people understand the energy and the passion that is behind this. It really sucks, we dreamed of a World Cup final.

“I’m so proud of this team, where we are today and how we have performed in this tournament. We deserved to be in the final, but that’s how football is.”

Sweden coach Peter Gerhardsson expressed similar emotions after the loss.

“I have to watch the game, I really do, before I can make any assessments,” Gerhardsson said. “Right now I am full of emotions. It is the third loss in the semifinals. I think everyone just feels sadness and huge disappointment.”