The Americans, who lost the first match, regained some color by eliminating New Zealand.
Reaction after humiliation. Three days after the opening match (3-0) against Sweden during the Tokyo Olympics, the US women’s soccer team is back on track, beating New Zealand 6-1 on Saturday in Saitama. The 2019 World Champions and the big favorites of the tournament completely missed their debut against Sweden, the finalists of the Rio Olympics. The defeat put an end to the Americans’ 44-match unbeaten streak. For this second Group G meeting against the New Zealanders, Megan Robino was aligned from the start and Alex Morgan started on the reverse bench of the first match.
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American goals were scored by Rose Lovell (9th), Lindsay Horan (45th), Kristen Press (80th) and Alex Morgan (87th), including two goals against the New Zealand camp by Abby Erzek (63rd) and C.J. Bottom (90 + 3). New Zealand reduced Betsy Hazette (72nd)
The Americans conceded three goals offside during the match, which was suggested by Stephanie Fraford. At the other meeting of the group, Sweden beat Australia 4-2 to take another victory and are 6 points ahead of the Americans and Australians (3 points).
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