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Olympics Women’s Football Gameday 1

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Tokyo Olympics has ‘unofficially’ begun, with the opening ceremony scheduled Friday July 23rd. The women’s football tournament kicked-off Wednesday July 21st, twelve (12) teams, three (3) groups, six (6) fixtures.

GROUP E

Great Britain 2 – 0 Chile

GB started off their Olympics campaign on the right note. In the opening 10 minutes Ellen White’s first shot was ruled offside. GB scored their first goal when Lucy Bronze (FIFA 2020 Player of the Year) crossed the ball and Lauren Hemp could not get her head on the ball. White scored the goal after a few seconds of scrabbling in Chile’s box. At the 73rd minute, White got her chance at a brace through a pass by Bronze.

Chile were not allowed to play to their strengths of quick on the ball movement. GB were able to isolate their players and limit their options. Chile had no real solution for Hemp’s  speed down the left flank. Tiane Endler a world class goal keeper has kept the tournament within their reach. In what could come down to goal differemce.

(9) WHITE Ellen of Team Great Britain score first goal during the Women’s First Round Group E match between Great Britain and Chile during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Sapporo Dome Stadium on July 21, 2021 in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. (Photo by Ayman Aref/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Great Britain Squad

Starting XI –  Ellie Roebuck (GK), Lucy Bronze, Keira Walsh, Steph Houghton, Kim Little, Ellen White, Caroline Weir, Rachel Daly, Millie Bright, Lauren Hemp, Georgia Stanway

Used Substitutes – Sophie Ingle, Nikita Parris, Jill Scott, Ella Toone

Unused Substitutes – Demi Stokes, Carly Telford, Leah Williamson

Chile Squad

Starting XI – Tiane Endler (GK), Carla Guerrero, Francisca Lara, Nayadet Opazo, Karen Araya, Maria Urrutia, Yanara Aedo, Yessenia Lopez, Daniela Pardo, Daniela Zamora, Camila Saez

Used Substitutes – Yenny Acuna, Rosario Balmaceda, Francisca Mardones

Unused Substitutes – Fernanda Ramirez, Natalia Campos, Javiera Toro, Javiera Grez

Japan 1 – 1 Canada

Canada started really fast scoring the opening goal at the sixth minute by Christine Sinclair who became one of a select few players to earn 300 caps. Japan took their time to settle into the game. Labbe conceded a penalty but was able to save it even after sustaining an injury. Japan got back into their usual rhythm of progressing the ball up the field with quick accurate passes. They were able to level the score keeping their hopes for advancing further within reach.

Japan Squad

Starting XI – Sakiko Ikeda (GK), Risa Shimizu, Saki Kumagai, Moeka Minami, Emi Nakajima, Narumi Muira, Yuika Sugasawa, Mana Iwabuchi, Yuzuho Shiokoshi, Yui Hasegawa, Nanami Kitamura

Used Substitutes – Hina Sugita, Mina Tanaka, Jun Endo, Yuka Momiki

Unused Substitutes – Saori Takarada, Asato Miyagawa, Ayaka Yamashita

Canada Squad

Starting XI – Stephanie Labbe (GK), Allysha Chapman, Kadeisha Buchanan, Shelina Zadorsky, Quinn, Ashley Lawrence, Desiree Scott, Christine Sinclair, Nichelle Prince, Janine Beckie, Jessie Fleming

Used Substitutes – Kailen Sheridan, Evelyne Viens, Adriana Leon, Deanne Rose

Unused Substitutes – Julia Grosso, Jayde Riviere, Vanessa Gilles

PositionCountryPWDLGFGAGDPTS
 Great Britain11002023
 Canada10101101
 Japan10101101
 Chile100102-20

GROUP F

China 0 – 5 Brazil

The Brazilians were able to hold the top 10 ranked China at bay. Making sure that China barely got any momentum all through the game. Brazil with stars like Formiga who became the first footballer to participate in eight Olympics game at 42. Marta scored a brace to ensure China never stood a chance. Overall the Brazilians had an organized attack and defence. China were not able to overcome Brazils physicality.

RIFU, JAPAN – JULY 21: Formiga of Brazil during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Football Tournament match between China and Brazil at Miyagi Stadium on July 21, 2021 in Rifu, Japan (Photo by Pablo Morano/BSR Agency/Getty Images)

China Squad

Starting XI – Shimeng Peng (GK), Mengwen Li, Qingtong Li, Xin Zhang, Shuang Wang, Yan Wang, Siwen Miao, Shanshan Wang, Lina Yang, Xiaoxue Wang, Guiping Luo

Used Substitutes – Jing Liu, Wurigumula, Yuyi Xiao

Unused Substitutes – Yuping Lin, Man Yang, Qiaozhu Chen, Xuan Ding

Brazil Squad

Starting XI – Barbara (GK), Erika, Rafaelle, Tamires, Duda, Formiga, Debinha, Marta Silva, Bruna Benites, Beatriz, Andressinha

Used Substitutes –  Julia, Ludmila, Andressa

Unused Substitutes – Poliana, Jucinara, Geyse, Leticia

Zambia 3 – 10 Netherlands

This game look like it was over by the 40th minute when the world class Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema was able to score a first half hattrick. She became the fourth woman in Olympics history to score a hattrick. By the second half she became only the second player to score four goals in a single game. The game was won long before the final whistle but Banda, the Zambian captain, got her chance to write her name in the history books by becoming the first African female footballer to score an hattrick in an Olympics game.

Zambia Squad

Starting XI – Hazel Nali (GK), Lushomo Mweemba, Esther Siamfuko, Anita Mulenga, Mary Wilombe, Margaret Belemu, Hellen Mubanga, Grace Chanda, Barbra Banda, Avell Chitundu, Ireen Lungu

Used Substitutes – Ochumba Lubandji, Agness Musase, Esther Mukwasa

Unused Substitutes – Catherine Musonda, Fikile Khosa, Evarine Katongo, Hellen Chanda

Netherlands Squad

Starting XI – Sari van Veenendaal (GK), Stefanie van der Gragt, Aniek Nouwen, Merel van Dongen, Jill Roord, Shanice van de Sanden, Vivianne Miedema, Danielle van de Donk, Lieke Martens, Jackie Groenen, Dominque Janssen

Used Substitutes – Victoria Pelova, Lineth Beerensteyn, Renate Jansen, Kika van Es, Lynn Wilms

Unused Substitutes – Sisca Folkertsma, Lize Kop

PositionCountryPWDLGFGAGDPTS
 Netherlands110010373
 Brazil11005053
 China100105-50
 Zambia1001310-70

GROUP G

Sweden 3 – 0 United States

All eyes were on this fixture, USWNT have been dominant for the last couple of years. But Sweden has been the team that that has been able to get results against them. Knocking them out in Rio 2016, playing a draw (1-1) in their last friendly to end a 16 game win record. This recent loss to Sweden has ended the world’s champion 30+ game unbeaten record.

Sweden dictated the flow of the game forcing USWNT to play their way. USWNT were limited to the plays they could make and Sweden cut out the connection between their midfield and attack. The scoreline is indicative of the whole game. Sweden were solid defensively and able to play together effectively.

CHOFU, JAPAN – JULY 21: Carli Lloyd of United States is seen at full time as Amanda Ilestedt and Nattalie Bjorn of Sweden celebrate in the background during the Women’s First Round Group G match during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Stadium on July 21, 2021 in Chofu, Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Sweden Squad

Starting XI – Hedvig Lindahl (GK), Jonna Andersson, Hanna Glas, Kosovare Asllani, Sofia Jakobsson, Stina Blackstenius, Amanda Ilestedt, Nathalie Bjorn, Filippa Angeldal, Caroline Seger, Fridolina Rolfo

Used Substitutes – Hanna Bennison, Madelen Janogy, Lina Hurtig, Olivia Schough, Julia Roddar

Unused Substitutes – Emma Kullberg, Jennifer Falk

United States Squad

Starting XI – Alyssa Naeher (GK), Crystal Dunn, Sam Mewis, Becky Sauerbrunn, Kelly O’Hara, Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan, Christen Press, Alex Morgan, Rose Lavelle, Abby Dahlkemper

Used Substitutes – Kristie Mewis, Julie Ertz, Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe, Tierna Davidson

Unused Substitutes – Emily Sonnett, Adrianna Franch

Australia 2 – 1 New Zealand

Australia controlled the pace of the game, putting pressure on New Zealand’s defence from the left flank. Pressure which made New Zealand to play long balls trying to relieve pressure making them unable to formulate fluid attack plays. Chelsea forward Sam Kerr was able to get a goal and an assist. At the closing minutes of the game New Zealand were able to get a goal through substitute Rennie.

Australia Squad

Starting XI – Lydia Williams (GK), Sam Kerr, Clare Polkinghorne, Aivi Luik, Steph Catley, Caitlin Foord, Emily Van Egmond, Ellie Carpenter, Tameka Yallop, Hayley Raso, Kyah Simon

Used Substitutes – Kyra Cooney-Cross, Mary Fowler, Alanna Kennedy, Emily Gielnik

Unused Substitutes – Chloe Logarzo, Teagan Micah, Laura Brock

New Zealand Squad

Starting XI – Erin Nayler (GK), Ria Percival, Anna Green, CJ Bott, Meikayla Moore, Ali Riley, Abby Erceg, Olivia Chance, Betsy Hassett, Katie Bowen, Hannah Wilkinson

Used Substitutes – Claudia Bunge, Gabi Rennie, Paige Satchell, Daisy Cleverley

Unused Substitutes – Annalie Longo, Anna Leat, Marisa Van der Meer

PositionCountryPWDLGFGAGDPTS
 Sweden11003033
 Australia11002113
 New Zealand100112-10
 United States100103-30

GOALS TABLE

PlayerGoalCountry
Vivianne Miedema4Netherlands
Barbra Banda3Zambia
Ellen White2Great Britain
Marta Silva2Brazil
Lieke Martens2Netherlands
Stina Blackstenius2Sweden
Sam Kerr1Australia
Tameka Yallop1Australia
Andressa Silva1Brazil
Beatriz Joao1Brazil
Debinha Oliveira1Brazil
Christine Sinclair1Canada
Mana Iwabuchi1Japan
Jill Roord1Netherlands
Lineth Beerensteyn1Netherlands
Shanice Van de Sanden1Netherlands
Victoria Pelova1Netherlands
Gabi Rennie1New Zealand
Lina Hurtig1Sweden

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