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US ousted, Sweden wins 4-3 on penalties after 1-1 draw

Taunted by local fans since the Olympics began and stinging from a surprising loss, Hope Solo called Sweden a "bunch of cowards."

The U.S. goalkeeper criticized the Swedes for the way they played Friday in beating the Americans in a penalty shootout — a result that means the world's top-ranked team will miss out on a medal in women's soccer for the first time.

"I thought we played a courageous game," Solo said. "I also think we played a bunch of cowards. The best team did not win today. I strongly and firmly believe that."

The Swedes beat the U.S. 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw in the quarterfinals. They will next face host...

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