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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Track and field events in these Olympics take place a few miles away from the Maracana at the Olympic Stadium. Antonio Garcia Womens Jersey . But the first semifinal of the womens soccer tournament between Sweden and Brazil felt as much like a race against time as anything else.Sweden tried to outlast the clock for 120 minutes and take its chances in a shootout.Marta tried to outlast a lifetime of minutes to come up with a defining moment of glory for Brazil.For both, the clock finally ran out.Which goes a long way to explaining why Sweden will play for gold after edging Brazil 4-3 in a penalty shootout that followed 120 minutes of scoreless soccer. In front of 70,544 people in the Maracana, a voice vote suggesting almost all of them rooting for the host, Sweden absorbed, managed, dulled and finally escaped the Brazilian attack.For the second game in a row, frustration reigned. For the second game in a row, following a quarterfinal shootout win against the reigning Olympic champion United States, Sweden ceded possession, soaked up shots and let what most will call a better team run itself out.Although the language barrier makes it difficult to confirm, it didnt sound like anyone from Brazil called the Swedes covardes after the Europeans replicated their earlier stunner, right down to the Lisa Dahlkvist penalty that clinched it.It is a very different way of playing, I have to say that, allowed Sweden coach Pia Sundhage of the contrast with her past jobs, including the United States. With the U.S. team it was attacking football, great personalities in the box. Now its the other way around. If I mentioned Abby Wambach, to give an example, I will now mention Linda Sembrant and Nilla Fischer.Those two defenders anchored the middle of a back line that was under siege from the outset, pressed by 11 Brazilian players and deafened by tens of thousands in the stands. They were stars on this day, if you cared to appreciate their work.Take one sequence with a little more than half an hour gone. With the right back next to her threatened by one of Brazils endless diagonal long passes that sought to slip behind the defense, Fischer had to step out to stop the advance. As if connected by a rope, Sembrant slid inside and was in position to deflect the ball then played toward what had a second earlier been open space.Perhaps a minute later, as another wave of Brazilian possession washed over Sweden, it was Sembrant pulled wide to assist the left back vulnerable next to her. When Brazils Beatriz then beat Sembrant, Fischer came across and timed a tackle to perfection to force a goal kick. The 32-year-old defender stayed down for a minute, then got up and limped on, a new attack surely imminent.If this isnt the kind of soccer people think will sell the sport -- a team advancing with 35 percent of possession and 27 fewer shots than its opponent -- then so be it. But it ought to be the kind of athletic effort that is appreciated. There is no margin for error, no room for anything but collective effort.When I started coaching, I wanted to play attacking football and take a lot of chances, said Sundhage, noting that this included her time with the United States. Now whatever team I have in front of me, I adjust my way of playing and try to coach that way because we need to get out the most of the players. If its a lot of attacking, defending -- four in the back or five in the middle -- it doesnt matter. My job is to make sure that they want me to lead the team, to be the coach, and trust what were doing. And in order to do that, I need to know the players.For all of that effort expended, there was still a moment that seemed fit for the setting. After a foul on Brazils Beatriz, Marta stood over a free kick in the 118th minute. A little more than 20 yards from goal, she had an opportunity to shake Brazils most famous stadium with the kind of noise no woman ever generated on a soccer field in this soccer-mad country.At 30, Marta is not the player she was even a few years ago, there are simply too many games on her legs. But she is still Marta, still able to show in bursts things that few if any other players can do. So many times Tuesday it felt like she was close to making it happen.She swung her foot at history, but Swedens organization left her with room only to bounce a shot into the waiting arms of goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl. Marta made her final kick on the day count, burying the opening shot of the shootout, but even that noise was quickly dulled when Lotta Schelin, another star with more career behind her than ahead, answered in kind.So Brazil, which drew nearly 150,000 fans to its final three games in three different cities, will play for bronze in Sao Paulo. But even with that game to play, and a medal in its own Olympics no insignificant prize, it felt like the end of a run Tuesday afternoon. Brazil coach Vadao was asked whether the next generation was ready if those 30 or older like Marta, Cristiane and the indomitable Formiga, playing in her sixth and final Olympics, will soon be gone.Theyre needed in order to pass this on to the new generation, especially considering there is little support in Brazil for womens football. Vadao said. So this makes the replenishment a bit slow. So if you lose five, six, seven players, of course, this is going to affect the new generation. And a lot of hard work and effort will have to be put in to replacing them. Its not easy to replace the women, as opposed to the men, where the structure and the support is all there.The Brazilian team should be judged by results. Pity support, a condescending pat on the head, is barely better than no support at all in any push for equality. At some point, it would oddly say more about the health of the womens game in Brazil if instead of cheers, the team left the field after a game like this to a chorus of boos. Or at least the background noise of grumbling.But the team should also be judged based on its circumstances. Context does matter. And there was something inspirational about what this team tried to do. The starting lineup in the semifinal included players based in seven countries. The 33 players who started for the other semifinal teams were spread across just five countries. Granted, thats true for the Brazilian men, too, but they go abroad to seek their fortunes. The women do because its their only choice to play.This loss wont take away from all that we have done to get here, Marta said in Portuguese. 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.Swedens Sofia Jakobsson, who played her own role in the tactical success by stretching the field with fresh legs as a second-half substitute, counts several Brazilian players as close friends from her time on pro teams in Russia and now France.They are playing for home and in front of so many people out there, Jakobsson said. Im happy for our team, but I feel for them. But soccer is like that. One team wins and one team loses. Im happy for us, but Im sad for them.A lot of people will be sad Brazil is out of the running for gold.Yet the reasons to celebrate Brazil share common root with the reason to celebrate Sweden.Take what you have and make something of it. 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United have struggled to produce the scintillating performances frequently seen during Sahas four-year spell at Old Trafford.The Frenchman was part of a United team which stood at the pinnacle of European football, winning back-to-back Premier League titles, the 2008 Champions League and the 2006 League Cup. United are currently fifth in the league and face a battle to finish in the top four, while the clubs only chance of silverware lies in the FA Cup.And, asked whether United would appoint a new manager if they failed to qualify for the Champions League, Saha told Soccer AM: Yes, that could be.It is obvious (Jose) Mourinho wants the job. The club is looking for a solution because it has been really hard to see them play some games. Louis Saha discusses his new business, Manchester Uniteds season and the potential of Anthony Martial If you look at the history of Manchester United it is all about the style. The faans are really used to winning games in a special way. Antonio Garcia Patriots Jersey. There is nothing to hide there. United need a change in some ways.In what has been a season of highs and lows, Van Gaal has gone from being on the verge of the sack to looking likely to see out the final year of his contract at United. Key to the upturn in both his and Uniteds future has been his development of young players at Old Trafford, with no more than 14 players handed their debuts this season.And Saha believes their uninterrupted development at Old Trafford should take precedence over the appointing of a new manager, were a decision to be made.Im not going to only blame Louis van Gaal because some big players left the club and the big manager (Sir Alex Ferguson) left the club, so it was going to be hard for anyone, Saha added. The club is looking for a solution because it has been really hard to see them play some games. There is nothing to hide, United need a change in some ways. Louis Saha All the talk about a new manager is disruptive for young lads who are trying to prove themselves to a manager who could then not be there next season, it is not nice.You want to have consistency. It will be nice for the club to keep things quite if they have a decision to make at the end of the season. I think that will be best.Watch Manchester United in action against Tottenham, live on Super Sunday on Sky Sports 1 HD from 12.30pm.By purchasing a Sky Sports Day Pass for £6.99 or Sky Sports Week Pass for £10.99, you can enjoy access to all seven Sky Sports channels and watch on a TV with a NOW TV Box or on a range of devices. Also See: Not a job for Mourinho? Van Gaal: Im counting on Roo Man Utd fixtures Man Utd stats Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys AuthenticWholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '