International Fixtures

Olympics Women’s Football Gameday 2

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As the group stage of Tokyo Olympics women’s football is winding to an end. Some teams have already booked their place in the quarter-finals. While others will be waiting for the last matchday of the group stage to book their place in the quarter-finals.

GROUP E: Group of Caginess

Right before kick-off Canada and Great Britain were the clear favorites to win their fixtures. The only thing they clearly won was the possession. Chile and Japan played with an urgency and more precision than their opening match. They gave Canada and Great Britain a good game and only lost by a goal each.

Japan 0 – 1 Great Britain

Japan Squad

Starting XI – Ayaka Yamashita (GK), Risa Shimizu, Saki Kumagai, Moeka Minami, Hina Sugita, Emi Nakajima, Mina Tanaka, Yuzuho Shiokoshi, Yui Hasegawa, Asato Miyagawa, Honoka Hayashi

Used Substitutes –Jun Endo, Yuka Momiki, Narumi Muira, Mana Iwabuchi

Unused Substitutes – Saori Takarada, Sakiko Ikeda, Yuika Sugasawa

Great Britain Squad

Starting XI –  Ellie Roebuck (GK), Lucy Bronze, Demi Stokes, Keira Walsh, Steph Houghton, Sophie Ingle, Nikita Parris, Kim Little, Ellen White, Lauren Hemp, Leah Williamson

Used Substitutes – Jill Scott, Ella Toone, Millie Bright, Caroline Weir, Rachel Daly, Georgia Stanway

Unused Substitutes – Carly Telford, Millie Bright, Niamh Charles

Canada 2 – 1 Chile

Canada Squad

Starting XI – Kailen Sheridan (GK), Kadeisha Buchanan, Shelina Zadorsky, Ashley Lawrence, Desiree Scott, Christine Sinclair, Nichelle Prince, Janine Beckie, Jessie Fleming, Julia Grosso, Jayde Riviere

Used Substitutes – Quinn, Deanne Rose

Unused Substitutes –Vanessa Gilles, Adriana Leon, Evelyne Viens, Gabrielle Carle, Erin McLeod

Chile Squad

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

Used Substitutes – Yenny Acuna, Javiera Grez

Unused Substitutes – Fernanda Ramirez, Natalia Campos, Javiera Toro, Nayadet Opazo, Fernanda Pinilla

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GROUP F: Group of draws

This group was satisfied in sharing points amongst themselves. Everybody got a point as the two fixtures in the group ended in a draw. With a high scoring game in both fixtures in games that could have been won by Japan and Netherlands. Late drama for Netherlands and Zambia to take consolation points in their fixtures.

China 4 – 4 Zambia

RIFU, MIYAGI, JAPAN – JULY 24: Wang Shuang #7 of China penalty shots during the Women’s First Round Group F match between China and Zambia on day one of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Miyagi Stadium on July 24, 2021 in Rifu, Miyagi, Japan. (Photo by Zhizhao Wu/Getty Images)

China Squad

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

Used Substitutes – Jing Liu, Wurigumula, Yuyi Xiao

Unused Substitutes – Yuping Lin, Yu Zhu, Yan Wang, Yanwen Wang,

Zambia Squad

Starting XI – Hazel Nali (GK), Lushomo Mweemba, Esther Siamfuko, Mary Wilombe, Grace Chanda, Barbra Banda, Avell Chitundu, Ireen Lungu, Ochumba Lubandji, Agness Musase, Racheal Kundananji

Used Substitutes – Hellen Mubanga, Martha Tembo, Margaret Belemu

Unused Substitutes – Catherine Musonda, Anita Mulenga, Evarine Katongo, Esther Mukwasa

Netherlands 3 – 3 Brazil

Netherlands Squad

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

Used Substitutes – Victoria Pelova, Lineth Beerensteyn

Unused Substitutes – Sisca Folkertsma, Lize Kop, Merel van Dongen, Renate Jansen, van Es Kika

Brazil Squad

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

Used Substitutes –  Angelina, Geyse, Ludmila, Andressa

Unused Substitutes – Poliana, Jucinara, Leticia



Sweden 4 – 2 Australia

This fixture certainly provided entertainment, with a brace from both sides and a saved penalty by Hedvi Lindahl. Another impressive performance from the Swedes to secure a spot in the quarter-finals of the Tokyo Olympics. After their win over USWNT, more people have been keeping their eyes on Sweden. Sam Kerr the Chelsea and Australian striker tried till the very last whistle to keep the game within her team’s reach. At the end, Sweden was collectively more determined and kept dictating the flow of the game.

Sweden Squad

Starting XI – Hedvig Lindahl (GK), Jonna Andersson, Hanna Glas, Magdalena Ericsson, Lina Hurtig, Kosovare Asllani, Sofia Jakobsson, Amanda Ilestedt, Filippa Angeldal, Caroline Seger, Fridolina Rolfo

Used Substitutes – Hanna Bennison, Madelen Janogy, Olivia Schough, Stina Blackstenius, Nathalie Bjorn

Unused Substitutes – Emma Kullberg, Jennifer Falk

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 1 – 6 United States

After the loss to Sweden in the opening games of the Olympics, USWNT had a must-win fixture. Their coach Vlatko made a huge adjustment to the starting line-ups. Megan Rapinoe was back in the starting line-up and Alex Morgan was benched. Although USWNT had a convincing victory in this fixture, they did not play with the fluidity we have seen over the years. USWNT have still not made a convincing argument of why they should be the clear favourites of this tournament. New Zealand played till the last whistle and matched USWNT strength for strength. Perhaps they were undone by nerves of facing the champions but they put the game out of their reach through their own mistakes by conceding two own goals.

New Zealand Squad

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

Used Substitutes – Gabi Rennie, Paige Satchell, Annalie Longo

Unused Substitutes – Annalie Longo, Erin Nayler, Marisa Van der Meer, Anna Green

United States Squad

Starting XI – Alyssa Naeher (GK), Crystal Dunn, Julie Ertz, Emily Sonnett, Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan, Carli Lloyd, Tierna Davidson, Rose Lavelle, Abby Dahlkemper

Used Substitutes – Christen Press, Sam Mewis, Alex Morgan, Macario Catarina, Casey Krueger

Unused Substitutes – Jane Campbell, Becky Sauerbrunn

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Vivianne Miedema6Netherlands
Barbra Banda6Zambia
Wang Shuang4China
Sam Kerr3Australia
Marta Silva3Brazil
Ellen White3Great Britain
Debinha Oliveira2Brazil
Lieke Martens2Netherlands
Janine Beckie2Canada
Fridolina Rolfo2Sweden
Lina Hurtig2Sweden
Stina Blackstenius2Sweden
Tameka Yallop1Australia
Andressa Silva1Brazil
Beatriz Joao1Brazil
Christine Sinclair1Canada
Araya Karen1Chile
Mana Iwabuchi1Japan
Dominique Janssen1Netherlands
Jill Roord1Netherlands
Lineth Beerensteyn1Netherlands
Shanice Van de Sanden1Netherlands
Victoria Pelova1Netherlands
Betsy Hassett1New Zealand
Gabi Rennie1New Zealand
Kundananji Racheal1Zambia
Alex Morgan1United States
Christen Press1United States
Lindsey Horan1United States
Rose Lavelle1United States

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