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Olympics women’s football roundup – matchday 2: Great Britain, Sweden & USA all win

The Olympic women’s football tournament is already motoring through the group stage, with all 12 competing teams having now played two games.

The United States were looking to get a win on the board after a shock defeat in their opening game, while Sweden and Great Britain were keen to carry on strong early momentum.

After 28 goals in the six games on matchday one, there were another 29 on matchday two.

Here’s a rundown of all the results…

Group E

Chile 1-2 Canada

Canada recorded their first win of the 2020 Olympics by seeing off the challenge of Chile, who at least scored their first goal of the tournament.

Janine Beckie scored both Canadian goals, one either side of half-time, to give her team a commanding lead that proved to be enough for take the three points.

Karen Araya pulled one back from the penalty spot for Chile.

Japan 0-1 Great Britain

Great Britain had a more difficult game against Japan than they’d previously had against Chile in the opening game, with a cagey contest against the hosts yielding few chances for either team.

A midfield substitution at the hour mark made Team GB more fluid in the second half and Ellen White was the player who broke the deadlock when she met Lucy Bronze’s cross.

Japan now go into their final game against Chile knowing that a victory is absolutely crucial if they are to avoid an early exit at their home tournament.


Group F

China 4-4 Zambia

Zambia forward Barbra Banda scored a hat-trick for the second game in a row, but was again overshadowed by an opposing player scoring four. Last time it was Dutch forward Viviane Miedema, this time it was China’s Wang Shuang.

Wang completed her hat-trick inside just 23 minutes, but Zambia, who had already scored through Racheal Kundananji, then got three more without replay to lead 4-3 in the closing stages.

Having been thrashed 5-0 by Brazil last time out, China’s blushes were spared when Wang got her fourth of the game with an 84th minute penalty.

Netherlands 3-3 Brazil

Netherlands rescued a late draw against Brazil

Netherlands and Brazil scored 15 goals between on matchday one in wins over Zambia and China respectively and share another six in a thriller that lurched back and forth.

Vivianne Miedema made the breakthrough inside three minutes, but that lead was soon cancelled out by Debinha. Miedema restored the Dutch lead in the second half but again it didn’t last because Marta converted from the penalty spot.

Brazil went ahead for the first time in the game soon after through Ludmila, only for Dominique Janssen to equalise and ensure it ended all square.


Group G

Sweden 4-2 Australia

Fridolina Rolfo

A strong Sweden side won again / Francois Nel/Getty Images

Sweden underlined their strong claim for a medal, potentially gold, by beating Australia in Saitama, although they were made to work for it by a potent Matildas side.

New Barcelona signing Fridolina Rolfo gave Sweden a first half lead, before a Sam Kerr double turned the score-line on its head and put Australia ahead soon after the interval.

The Swedes composed themselves from the shock of going behind and scored three more of their own without reply to storm back into an unassailable lead. Lina Hurtig equalised, before Rolfo got the go-ahead goal and Stina Blackstenius made sure of the win.

New Zealand 1-6 USA

Alex Morgan, Christen Press

USA scored a flurry of late goals against New Zealand / Francois Nel/Getty Images

A second half collapse from New Zealand gave the United States a commanding 6-1 win after the disaster of their opening defeat against Sweden last time out.

Rose Lavelle scored early for the Americans but there were no more goals until the stroke of half-time when Lindsey Horan doubled that advantage. An Abby Erceg own goal just after the hour mark then made it 3-0, before Betsy Hassett pulled one back.

The United States proceeded to run away with it after that as Christen Press and Alex Morgan each scored to make it 5-1, with another own goal pushing it to six.

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