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RIO DE JANEIRO -- The roaring crowd at the Maracana Stadium desperately wanted Lisa Dahlkvist to miss. NFL Jerseys Free Shipping .It didnt bother her at all.Dahlkvist just pretended all those Brazilians were cheering for Sweden, and then she stepped up and buried her penalty kick to eliminate the host country and send the Swedes to the Olympic soccer final.The noise was for me, to get the ball in the goal. Simple answer, Dahlkvist said, laughing while describing how she tuned out the din at the nearly full stadium.Sweden advanced to the gold medal match in womens soccer for the first time by beating host Brazil 4-3 in a penalty shootout following a scoreless draw.And it was the second time Dahlkvist had come through under pressure on penalties: Her kick ousted the favored U.S. women in the quarterfinals.Brazil forward Marta, one of the biggest stars of the tournament, buried the first kick of the shootout. But at 3-3, Sweden goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl stopped Andressas shot before Dahlkvist beat Barbara to end it, stunning the packed home crowd.Sweden, which has never before played in the gold match at the Olympics, will face Germany for gold on Friday at the Maracana, the site of the mens World Cup final in 2014. The Germans defeated Canada 2-0 in the later match Tuesday in Belo Horizonte.Brazil will play for the bronze on Friday in Sao Paulo against Canada.Marta had one of Brazils best chances to put her team in the lead, but her free kick in the 115th minute bounced before the goal and Lindahl was able to snag it.The fans at the 78,000-seat Maracana -- the biggest crowd ever for a womens national team match in Brazil -- roared whenever Marta touched the ball. Brazils charismatic forward won FIFAs Womens World Player of the Year five consecutive years from 2006-10. But she has never won a major international tournament with her national team.One fan lofted a sign that said Marta We Love You.This loss wont take away from all that we have done to get here, Marta said. We have the match for the bronze medal now and we will fight until the end to get that medal. We have to pick up the pieces to try to win this medal.Both teams had their chances in the opening 90 minutes, and the intensity rose as the defensive-minded Swedes started going on the attack more.Sweden was riding high after knocking off the three-time defending champion United States in the quarterfinals. The loss sent the top-ranked Americans home without a medal for the first time since womens soccer joined the Olympics in 1996. The World Cup champions were vying for their fourth straight gold.Sweden deployed a defensive strategy against the United States and advanced 4-3 on a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw in Brasilia. Afterward, U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo drew attention for calling Sweden a bunch of cowards for its style of play.Sweden coach Pia Sundhage used a similar tactic against Brazil, changing her approach after losing to Brazil 5-1 in group play. Marta and Beatriz scored two goals each in that first match.Sundhage said that Sweden did not use Solos comments as motivation against Brazil.What people are saying in the media, its not a big deal. Very often you say it, and I dont even really think you mean it, Sundage said. We talk about football.Sundhage coached the United States to gold medals at both the Beijing and London Games. A victory in Brazil would give her a third-straight Olympic title.The Brazilians have twice won silver medals at the Olympics. Both times, at the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Games, the United States won in the final.Swedens best finish was in Athens when the team fell to Germany in the bronze medal match. Brazil beat Sweden 1-0 in the semifinals at those Olympics.Yes, we are very excited. That we are doing something that the Swedish national team has never done before -- play for a medal -- its a big smile, Sundhage said. Still, were not satisfied. We want to win the next game. NFL Jerseys For Sale . Jon Montgomerys gold medal in skeleton at the Whistler Sliding Centre and his subsequent auctioning off of a pitcher of beer in the village square elevated him to folk-hero status. Authentic NFL Jerseys . -- Vincent Lecavalier got everything but the desired result in his return to Tampa Bay. http://www.wholesalenfljerseysstore.com/ .com) - The game was all punts and field goals before Kodi Whitfields catch.As stunned as we may be by the Blue Jays 23-31 record and last place standing in the A.L. East, there are actually two teams that have blown me away by their monumental collapses in May. Lets start in the National League. Youve got to concede, Milwaukee hasnt been quite as imposing since Prince Fielder left for Detroit as a free agent. But they still looked like a solid team that could at least be close to one of the Wild Cards. Ron Roenickes crew got out of the gate with a fairly solid 14-11 record in April. They have a star left fielder in Ryan Braun (juiced or not) and a budding superstar at short in Jean Segura. However they havent had the starting pitching and their bullpen has been in turmoil through injuries and inconsistency. The Brewers are heading for the worst month of May in franchise history. They have dropped six in a row and are just 5-22 for the month. The "Brew Crew" has tumbled into last place in the N.L. Central, and they are already 16 games back of first place St. Louis and 13 behind division rival Cincinnati for the second Wild Card spot. Barring a miracle, their season is already over on the final day of May. General manager Doug Melvin and assistant GM Gord Ash would appear safe, based on an excellent track record and the Brewers solid attendance. Roenicke, though, could be in trouble if the nose dive continues. Royal Pains The team though that really puzzles me is the Kansas City Royals. G.M. Drayton Moore went out in the off-season and appeared to fill the void in the starting rotation by acquiring James Shields and Wade Davis from Tampa Bay and Ervin Santana from the Angels. Though none of the three have been spectacular, they have added some stability to the starting staff and some veteran leadership. The Royals actually went 17-10 in April, and looked like a team that might press Detroit for the division lead over the course of the season. Then in May, the bats died. The Royals are only 5-19 this month. Not only that but they tied a franchise record by dropping 10 in a row at home and had dropped eight in a row overall before Thursdays bizarre win at St. Louis. More on that in a second. But for now K.C. is last in the A.L. Central and seven and a half back of the Yankees for the second Wild Card spot, same as the Blue Jays. A year ago, the Royals tied for last in the American League in home runs. Again this season, they were struggling to hit the long ball. Early this week, batting coach Jack Maloof stuck his foot in his mouth by saying the Royals would likely finish last in homers again. A couple of days later Maloof and his assistant batting coach Andre David were re-assigned withhin the organization. Cheap NHL Jerseys. The man taking over as interim batting coach for Thursdays game was 60-year-old George Brett, the greatest Royals player of them all. Yes, the Royals did win the game at St. Louis and break off that eight-game losing skid, but it was one of the strangest games you would ever want to see. The Royals could only muster four hits on the night, but managed to rally for three runs in the top of the ninth to beat the "Red Birds" 4-2. Thats not even half the story. The game played in front of over 43,000 fans was delayed for an hour at the start by rain. Heading to the top of the ninth, St. Louis was up 2-1. Then Jeff Francoeur slugged a homer - the Royals first in 59 innings - and Eric Hosmer later in the inning hit what proved to be a game winning two-run bases loaded double off Victor Marte. That wasnt the final chapter though. Right after that, the skies opened up again, and the game went into a marathon rain delay of four hours and 32 minutes. The game finally ended at 3:14am. This was the Royals one and only visit to St. Louis this season, so veteran ump Joe West was determined to get it in. He actually could have ruled the game was official after eight and given St. Louis the 2-1 victory. Over the course of the delay the Cardinals brass and manager Mike Matheny actually lobbied for West to do just that. Matheny said he was worried that one of his players might have been injured on the slippery field. He couldnt be too critical though because it was his home grounds crew at Busch Stadium. In fact, he said later they did a great job just to make the field playable. When play resumed, it took just 12 more minutes to get the final six outs. Will this be a turning point in the Royals season? Who knows? I thought the Blue Jays might get some huge momentum by having four relievers combine to shut out Atlanta 3-0 on Wednesday night. So what happens Thursday? R.A. Dickey struggles again and the Blue Jays get blasted 11-3 in the series finale. Bruised Yankees This is circle the wagons weekend for the Yankees. Theyve lost five in a row including a four-game sweep in Queens at the hand of their crosstown rivals, the Mets. This weekend they are home to the division-leading Red Sox whom they trail by two games. C.C Sabathia will be facing Jon Lester in a duel of lefties in game 1. The Yanks are due to get Kevin Youkilis and Mark Teixeira back in the line-up. At this point it would probably be better for the Blue Jays if one team or the other get swept in their respective series. Of course, they would have to co-operate by taking three themselves at San Diego. Game on! Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys AuthenticWholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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