Sweden beats Brazil on penalty kicks, moves on to women's soccer final

The Lady Giant Killers of Sweden are moving on to the gold-medal game in women’s soccer after knocking Brazil out in the semifinal round.

Sweden won 4-3 on penalties kicks after the sides played to a 0-0 draw.

As they shocked the United States on penalty kicks, also 4-3, Sweden again used a heavily defensive approach to the game against Brazil. Brazil had won easily against Sweden in pool play, 5-1.

Sweden, which has never finished better than fourth at the Olympics, now guarantees itself either a gold or silver medal and will face either Canada or Germany, playing in the other semifinal, on Friday.

Sweden vs. Brazil (Getty Images)
Sweden vs. Brazil (Getty Images)

Making matters worse for Brazilians: the big screens in Olympic Park died midway through the penalty kick shootout, so the masses gathered didn’t get to see the frustrating finish.

The United States is FIFA’s No. 1-ranked team, and Brazil is ranked eighth; Sweden is ranked No. 8.