World Cup heartbreak lingers for Alyssa Naeher, as the United States women’s national team was eliminated by Sweden in the last-16 on penalties.
Initially, the shot-stopper blocked Sweden star Lina Hurtig’s 12-yard attempt, but the ball rotated backward and crossed the goal line before she could retrieve it from the net.
Alyssa Naeher maintains that the call to count it as a goal was wrong, and she steadfastly rejects any attempts to persuade her otherwise.
“Truthfully, I will go to my grave claiming that I saved it,” Naeher said on the Snacks” podcast. “You cannot convince me otherwise.”
Lynn Williams seconded her team-mate and responded: “You can’t convince me either.”
“I have the pictures saved on my phone. I have looked at it an unhealthy amount of times since the game ended. I’ve watched it over and over. Like I genuinely thought that I saved it,” Alyssa Naeher added.
Hurtig takes a different stance from Naeher and conceded that she never views the replays of the shootout.
“I don’t want to watch it again. It makes me sick to my stomach,” the 27-year-old told Radiosporten.
“There are so many emotions, it’s so close, so I get a little sick to my stomach when I look at it. Obviously, it was crazy. It was such a relief when I saw the ref pointing and then I went crazy. Just running and screaming … That night, I couldn’t sleep very well. It was a lot of emotions there.”