Saitama, JapanThe Americans recovered from their opening loss with a 6-1 win over New Zealand against the first lady on Saturday morning in the women’s soccer tournament at the Tokyo Olympics.
With the US leading 2-0 at the end of the first half, Jill Biden arrived just in time to see the team finish the game in the second half at Saitama Stadium.
The United States stunned Sweden in the first match, losing 3-0. This was the team’s first loss since January 2019 and they went 44 games unbeaten in a row. Americans have not been without goals since 2017.
But the Americans promised to take back control of the tournament. Defender Kelly O’Hara said the United States should be “tough” against New Zealand.
And they were cruel.
It could have been worse for New Zealand, but the US had four disallowed goals, all offside, in the first half.
American coach Vlatko Andonovsky made five changes to the starting lineup he used against Sweden, giving Carli Lloyd the lead over Morgan, Megan Rapinoe for the press, Ertes for Sam Mewes, Emily Sonnett for O’Hara and Terna Davidson over captain Becky Sauerbrunn.
The United States, World Cup champions, has participated in every Olympic Games since women’s football joined the event in 1996. The world’s highest-ranked team has won five gold medals, more than any other country.
New Zealand lost to Australia 2-1 in their opening match and reduced Ferns’ chances of reaching the knockout stage with a loss on Saturday.
Fair goals in the draw between China and Zambia
Wang Shuang scored four goals, including one in 83 minutes from the penalty kick, to give China a 4-4 draw with Zambia on Saturday in the group stage of the women’s Olympic football competition.
Barbara Banda scored three goals for Zambia, her second hat-trick in consecutive matches, a historic record for Olympic women’s football as she is the first player to achieve the feat.
China, ranked 15th in the world and playing in its fifth Olympics, lost to Brazil 5-0 in its opening match in Group F on Wednesday. Zambia lost to the Netherlands 10-3. Banda scored all three goals for Zambia, the team with the lowest ranking, 104th.
The Netherlands and Brazil are also presenting an attacking display
Dominic Jansen’s 79th minute goal led the Netherlands to a 3-3 draw with Brazil this Saturday in women’s soccer at the Tokyo Olympics.
The Netherlands, ranked No. 4 in the world, defeated Zambia 10-3 in their first Olympic match. Midema scored four goals.
The Netherlands qualified for the World Cup final two years ago in France, but lost to the United States. The Tokyo Games are the first Olympic Games in the Netherlands.
Great Britain defeats Japan and qualifies
Elaine White scored her third goal in two matches at the Olympics, leading Great Britain to a 1-0 win over Japan on Saturday and earning a place in the women’s soccer quarter-finals.
The striker scored twice in Wednesday’s win over Chile and then added another at the same Sapporo Dome in the 74th minute against the host nation.
Great Britain leads Group E with six points, two ahead of Canada, who beat Chile 2-1 in the other game on Saturday. First place will be decided on Tuesday when Great Britain plays Canada.