Tokyo Olympics Soccer Power Rankings: USWNT out of top three; here comes Vivianne Miedema’s Netherlands

The Tokyo Summer Olympics continues as group play in the women’s soccer tournament concluded on Tuesday with some surprising results. The United States advanced out of Group G in second place but failed to find the back of the net for the second time in three Olympic games as they settled for a scoreless draw against Australia. Sweden took home first place honors in the group, and Netherlands and Great Britain won Groups E and F, respectively. Let’s take a look at where teams land on our rankings now that the Olympic tournament moves to the knockout stages. 

1. Sweden (–)

Sweden’s Olympic dominance continues as they close out group play with nine points out of nine, thanks to their 2-0 win over New Zealand. Group G, arguably considered the group of death heading into the Summer Games, goes to Sweden as they now prepare to face tournament host Japan in the quarterfinals.  

Want more coverage of women’s soccer? Listen below and make sure to follow Attacking Third, A Tri-weekly CBS Soccer Podcast devoted to bringing you everything you need to know from the NWSL and around the globe. 

2. Netherlands (+2)

The team powered through their three opponents, posting up big scorelines and closing out their group stage with another lopsided win — an 8-2 victory over China. Their star striker Vivianne Miedema is in top form, scoring seven goals already in the tournament. The Netherlands will face USA in quarterfinal action, a rematch of the 2019 Women’s World Cup final in France. 

3. Great Britain (–)

Team GB scraped their way to a 1-1 draw against Canada to secure first place in Group E. Ellen White leads the team with three goals through three games, and the squad walks away with seven out of nine possible points over that span. They will now face Australia in the quarterfinals. 

4. United States (-2)

The USWNT drop two spots after a scoreless draw against Australia as they secure second place with the result, picking up four of nine possible points. It was enough to advance, but the performance still left much to be desired on offense. Vlatko Andonovski told reporters he came away happy with the gameplan they executed against the Aussies, but we’ll see if that pays off when they face the Netherlands in the quarterfinals in a repeat of the 2019 World Cup final.

5. Brazil (–)

Pia Sundhage’s side closed out the group stage securing second place with a 1-0 win against Zambia. The Brazilians were level with Netherlands in the standings on seven points, but it was the goal differential — +13 for Netherlands, +6 for Brazil — that separated the two teams. Marta and Brazil will face Canada in the Olympic quarterfinals.

6. Canada (–)

The Canadians stay tucked in the middle of the pack after picking up second place in their group. The team had a chance to take top spot in the standings, but conceded a late goal against Great Britain in the final game of group play, settling for a 1-1 draw. It’s the second lead Canada has let slip away in the group stage, and as a result, they will face Brazil in the quarterfinals.

7. Australia (–)

The Matildas stay locked at seventh despite holding the Americans to a scoreless draw to secure a third-place finish in a tricky group. The squad had opportunities in front of goal they couldn’t capitalize against the United States, but the result was enough to earn them a spot in the quarterfinals against Great Britain.

8. Japan (+1)

Japan earned their first Olympic win on the final day of group play against Chile. The 1-0 win was enough to earn them third place in their group, and eighth on our rankings. The host nation has not been lethal in front of goal, and will need more in the final third to be a threat in its quarterfinal against Sweden.

9. Zambia (-1)

Zambia’s Olympic journey is over, but they leave with praise as the only African side in the tournament and finishing third in their maiden Olympic voyage, picking up one point over three games. Barbra Banda makes her exit from the Summer Games after turning heads with her performance and solidifying herself as a standout top scorer, notching two hat-tricks over the three games.

10. Chile (–)

The South American side finish 10th after being eliminated in group play. The team picked up no points, but did manage to finally break through on goal during their second match against Canada, and played tightly contested games throughout the Summer Games.

11. China (–)

China’s Olympics are over after failing to make it out of the group. They had suffered two blowout losses against Brazil and Netherlands, but did manage to scrape out a point against Zambia in a thrilling 4-4 draw.

12. New Zealand (–)

The Football Ferns aren’t the only team without a win in group play, but they end their Olympic journey tied for the worst goal differential in the group stage at -8.

 Source link

Back to top button
SoundCloud To Mp3