The result was 0-0 after 90 minutes of play versus Sweden and extra time.
There were an incredible 12 shots on goal throughout play, but none of them found the back of the net.
Sweden’s goalie Zeira Muovi established a tournament best with 11 saves during the game.
But the paucity of points forced the game to go to penalties at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium.
When Megan Rapinoe came up to fire her shot, Team USA was leading 3-2 on penalties.
She, though, kicked it too high, and the ball flew past the goal.
People observed that she was smiling as the retiring star of the United States football team turned and sprinted back to her colleagues.
Her reply prompted outrage on social media, with many wondering how she could be anything other than sad after missing the critical penalty.
She has finally revealed what was going on in her mind.
That’s like a sick, sick joke, the 38-year-old added. She has never hit it over, and when she misses, it’s saved. That explains why she was smiling.
She was thinking, ‘You’ve got to be f****ng kidding me.’ She is going to screw up a penalty.
She means, truthfully, she can’t remember the last time she missed.
The 38-year-old hasn’t missed a penalty in five years, so the outrage is understandable, particularly at this point.
After the game, she spoke about how difficult it was to end her World Cup career in this manner.
She added that she believed they played extremely well, and she is so happy for them that they went out playing the way they did.
She missed a penalty in this dark comedy. This is the game’s counterpoint to its gorgeous side.
She felt thankful and happy, and she understands this is the end, which is sad. This is the first time she has been in one of these…it’s an honor.
This is the first time the US team has failed to go beyond the World Cup semi-finals.
It’s also the first time they haven’t won a match since the 2011 championship game.
Sweden’s victory will pit them against Japan, the 2011 winners.
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