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Hope Solo changes gloves during United States v Sweden penalty shoot-out

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Hope Solo made headlines before this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio after tweeting a photo of herself wearing a hat with a mosquito netting.

This led to fans in Brazil teasing her with chants of ‘Zika, Zika!”.

“I’m glad the fans had fun,” Solo was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail after the United States’ first match against New Zealand. “And if they had fun at my expense, more power to them.”


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It wasn’t a good start and it’s not been a good finish, either, for the 35-year-old at Rio 2016.

The US played Sweden in the Olympic women’s football quarter-finals this evening - and Solo was heavily criticised on social media after changing her gloves midway through the shoot-out.

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Video: Hope Solo changes gloves during shoot-out

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Football fans on Twitter was convinced this was a deliberate act of gamesmanship. Check out this reaction…

Solo then embarrassed herself with post-match comments

To make matters worse for herself, Solo described the Swedish women’s team as a “bunch of cowards” after the match.

“We lost to a bunch of cowards,” she told reporters, per L.A Times sportswriter Kevin Baxter. “The better team did not win.”


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