Saitama, Japan (AP) – The United States overcame defeat in its Olympic debut match at the 2020 Tokyo Women’s Football Championship by defeating New Zealand 6-1 on Saturday against the country’s first woman Jill Biden.
With the United States leading 2-0 at the break, Biden arrived just in time to seal the team’s victory in the second half at Sydama Stadium.
Sweden surprised the Americans with a 3-0 victory in the first game. It was America’s first defeat since January 2019 and it ended its 44-game run unbeaten.
But the team promised that they would regain control of the match. Defender Kelly O’Hara said the United States should be ruthless against New Zealand.
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Rose Lavelle scored after a good pass from Tobin Heath in the ninth minute of play, which opened the national team’s score account in these games. Although the goals did not come, the Americans dominated the first half, a very different situation from the meeting with Sweden.
Lindsay Horan put on a header just minutes before the break and extended her 23rd international tally to her 100th appearance with the national team.
This may have been bad for New Zealand but the United States did not concede all goals, four goals in the first 45 minutes.
Sweden beat Australia 4-2 for their second victory.
Netherlands 3, Brazil 3
Dominic Johnson’s goal in the 79th minute gave the Netherlands a 3-3 draw with Brazil in Rifu.
Vivian Midema put the Netherlands ahead three minutes later, but Debinha equalized in the 16th. Couldn’t see the goal again until 59 through Midema.
Marta converted a penalty 2-2 in the 64th minute, and four minutes later Ludmila’s goal temporarily put Kanarinha ahead.
Brazil beat China 5-0 in their first Group F match. Marta scored a pair of goals, becoming the first athlete to score in five consecutive Olympics. Brazil is under the command of former US selector Pia Sundage – who won gold in London in 2012 with him – and Sweden.
The Netherlands, ranked 4th in the world, beat Zambia 10-3. The Dutch team lost to the United States in the World Cup final two years ago.
In the other major match, Zambia and China were tied 4-4.
Canada 2, Chile 1
Jenin Becky scored two goals as Canada beat Chile 2-1.
Becky hit the post in the 21st minute, but Nichelle Prince’s cross in the 39th minute won.
Becky increased his team’s rent early in the second half, with Karen Araya closing the gap for Chile in the 57th minute, Roja’s first in a game.
Canada began its Olympic journey with a 1-1 victory over host Japan.
Chile fell to Great Britain 2-0. “La Rose”, the world’s No. 37, debuted at the Olympics.
Great Britain led Japan to a six-point lead with a 1-0 victory.
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