The US has had a terrible time in the Women World Cup thus far, only winning once and barely making it out of the group round, but it has nonetheless advanced to the round of 16, where it will play Sweden on Sunday at 5 a.m. ET.

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The US was already one goalpost’s breadth from being eliminated from the Women World Cup when Portugal came within seconds of winning the final group stage match, a match that finally resulted in a goalless draw.

The US finished second in its group, making it harder to advance to the knockout rounds and making the ultimate goal of winning the World Cup for a third time in a row, a historic “three-peat,” even more challenging. That draw, along with a 1-1 draw against the Netherlands earlier in the competition, condemned the US to a second-place finish in its group.

It is the first time the US has won just one group stage match; no side has ever reached the Women’s World Cup final after winning just once in their group. Such frailties are a world apart from the all-conquering US sides of 2015 and 2019.

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World No. 3 Sweden, on the other hand, easily navigated its group. With nine goals scored, including five against Italy, and just one goal allowed, it defeated South Africa, Italy, and Argentina.

We have a good amount of respect for every team we play, but right now, the feeling that surrounds us is that we can win this game, according to Sweden’s coach, Peter Gerhardsson, who spoke to reporters on Saturday.

The USWNT has had a terrible tournament thus far, finishing second in Group G after drawing two of their three matches and losing one. With a 3-0 victory over Vietnam, things looked great at first, but then someone took away the team’s scoring weapons. Lindsey Horan scored the equalizer in the second half of the 1-1 tie with the Netherlands, and most surprisingly, a 0-0 draw with Portugal left the United States trailing the Netherlands in the group.

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As a result, the USWNT will face a significantly tougher opponent in their round of 16 match than they might have anticipated. They are still considered favorites going into this game and remain one of the two teams, along with England, that bookies believe will win the tournament. However, their route is considerably more difficult than it could be. In the quarterfinals, Japan—possibly the World Cup’s biggest surprise—awaits them even if they defeat Sweden, a challenging job given that this is the team that defeated them in the Olympics.

the anticipated starting lineup

The tournament’s head coach, Vlatko Andonovski, hasn’t made many alterations, but now he’ll be obliged to. Due to a collection of yellow cards, Rose Lavelle is unavailable and will not play in the game. The coaching staff will be ready for both possible outcomes as extra time and penalty kicks may be introduced during knockout rounds. For bold changes, now is the only time to act.

Naeher, Fox, Girma, Ertz, Dunn, Mewis, Horan, Sanchez, Rodman, Smith, and Williams are slated to start for the USWNT.

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How to see Women World Cup

The game will be broadcast on your local Fox channel in the US. By logging in with your TV provider at or on the Fox Sports app, you can also stream games. The Spanish-language channels Peacock and Telemundo are offering coverage.

Matches are broadcast on the Seven Network and Optus Sport in Australia, while the BBC and ITV have the rights in the United Kingdom.

The FIFA website lists all media rights holders in each nation in detail.

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