The Matildas have dropped crucial points in the second match of their Olympics campaign, going down 4-2 to Sweden after a late capitulation.
In a see-sawing affair, both sides traded the lead late deep into the second half despite the Aussies scrambling at times to keep their heads above water under the wealth of Swedish possession at Saitama Stadium.
But it would all come undone for the Matildas when skipper Sam Kerr, who had scored two headers to keep her side in the game, missed a crucial penalty from the spot in the 69th minute.
The rare blip from the Aussie superstar allowed the Swedes to hold on to a slender 3-2 lead, before over-running the Matildas to wrap up the game 4-2 by the final whistle.
"I thought it was a really good save, probably not the best penalty. I apologised to the girls but that's football," Kerr said at full-time.
"We missed one, myself. So yeah, at the end of the day we lost which is disappointing," Kerr said at full-time."
The loss means Australia will need to pick up points against the USA in their next match, setting up a blockbuster encounter to decide who will progress out of Group G.
Sweden is now 8-1-4 against Australia since 1995. The two sides previously played to a scoreless draw in June in a friendly.
Australia was coming off a 2-1 victory over New Zealand in its opener. It was the Matildas' first win of 2021.
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