Orange lionesses are not afraid of the reigning world champion United States. Why should the Netherlands too? Team USA certainly didn’t impress in the group stage of the Olympic Football Tournament. Holland concedes more goals than they want, but has managed to pull the trigger no less than 21 (!) times in all three group matches.
The World Cup final replay, when the Netherlands lost 2-0, will begin on Friday at 13:00 (NL time). “Now we are having a very beautiful match, perhaps the most beautiful imaginable,” Gronin told AD. “We are all looking forward to it, and hopefully we can catch up with them this time.”
In Group G, the United States came second with 4 points and a 6-4 goal difference. These are moderate numbers, although that group with Sweden, Australia and New Zealand is somewhat heavier than the F group.
There were times when “The Stars and Stripes” always won it all, and by great numbers too. The United States has reached finals in 5 out of 8 World Cups (3 wins), played 5 out of 6 Olympic finals (4 wins), and won 8 out of 9 Gold Cup entries.
It is likely, of course, that this will be a temporary decline in form among American women. “You can’t underestimate the United States, so that’s not a problem,” Gronin says. “We’re very sharp and it’s not in our nature to avoid a big country, let them come.”
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