The U.S. women’s national team rallied from an early defeat at the Olympics to win 6-1 against New Zealand at the Saitama Stadium on Saturday at the Tokyo 2020 football tournament.
Rose Lavelle, Lindsay Horan, Kristen Press, Alex Morgan and two own goals ensured Vladko Antonovsky’s team victory.
Betsy Hazette scored a consolation goal for New Zealand, but the United States displayed an amazing performance to secure its first victory at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The United States entered the game with the aim of recovering from defeat to Sweden in the opening game, ending a 44-game unbeaten series.
Lavelle got America a perfect start nine minutes after receiving a direct pass from Tobin Heath and scoring quietly.
Horan thought he doubled the lead in the 35th minute, but his shot was blocked by VAR on the off side.
Shortly before the break, Horan hit a header from close range with the help of Megan Robinho.
AB Erzek headed in his own goal with a touch of Carly Lloyd when the United States finished third after 63 minutes.
Nine minutes later, New Zealand used a poor defense to score through Hassett.
However, the United States responded with late victories from the Press and Morgan, as well as an own goal from CJ Pat that ensured a comfortable victory.
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