Soccer

Tokyo Olympics soccer scores: Sweden pull stunner over USWNT; Netherlands score 10 goals vs. Zambia

Olympic women’s soccer is underway in Tokyo and the opening round of games certainly threw up some unexpected results. The USWNT went down to Sweden as their 44-game run of invincibility came to a halt in Group G.

Group F saw a staggering 18 goals across two matches as the Netherlands and Brazil both sank their teeth into their opponents and hosts Japan were unable to get off to a winning start in Group E with a draw against Canada.

Vivianne Miedema, Ellen White, Marta, Lieke Martens and Stina Blackstenius all made strong individual and collective starts to the tournament with the Dutch, British, Brazilian, and Swedish sides all registering wins while Barbra Banda still notched a hat-trick for deflated Zambia.

Here are scores and takeaways from day one.

Olympic soccer scores

Group E
Great Britain 2, Chile 0
Japan 1, Canada 1

Group F
Netherlands 10, Zambia 3
Brazil 5, China 0

Group G
Sweden 3, United States 0
Australia 2, New Zealand 1

Sweden stunner

The USWNT were handed an early wakeup call at Tokyo Stadium with some Stina Blackstenius genius helping the Swedes to an impressive 3-0 victory which also ended the 44-match unbeaten American run which dates back to an early 2019 friendly with France.

A goal in either half from the BK Hacken attacker and a Lina Hurtig effort ensured that Olympic soccer started with an unexpected bang which now requires Vlatko Andonovski and his team to ace their dates with New Zealand and Australia.

The Matildas look particularly dangerous after a 2-1 victory over the Football Ferns which saw Tameka Yallop and Sam Kerr get off the mark in the first half before a late Gabi Rennie consolation strike.

Although nothing is decided after the opening round of fixtures, emerging from the group just became that bit more difficult for the Stars and Stripes. However, back in 2008 at the Beijing Games, a 2-0 opening loss to Norway did not stop the USWNT from ultimately being gold medallists.

Group F goal glut

An incredible 18 goals were scored in Group F’s opening two matches with the Netherlands and Brazil getting off to winning starts and accounting for 15 of the 18 scored with China yet to get off the mark.

Oranje wasted little time with Vivianne Miedema grabbing a first-half hat trick as part of a six-goal first-half haul in their record score win while the Brazilians left it late to run away with it against China after playing over 50 minutes at 2-0 in Rifu.

Things do not look good for China or Zambia, but the fact that they play each other next with Netherlands and Brazil meeting offers a potential route to knockout qualification for one of the two beaten outfits.

The winner of Sarina Wiegman and Pia Sundhage’s tactical battle should decide top spot and which of these two early Group F leaders is the strongest favorite to go all the way.

Hosts held to draw

It was a difficult start for Japan as a late Mana Iwabuchi strike was required to cancel out Christine Sinclair’s opener in Sapporo and next up are Great Britain, who beat Chile 2-0 to get off to a smooth start.

By the time the Japanese face Chile in arguably their most straightforward matchup, they could be looking at a potential exit if they do not get something against Great Britain next time out with top spot within reach for Hege Riise’s squad.

Ellen White’s brace puts the British in a position of power with Canada up against a motivated Chilean side before their final showdown which could decide top spot between the two and leave Japan looking hopefully at a knockout berth through finishing third.



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