Sweden and the Netherlands ensured the most effective implementation of their game plans to emerge as the most productive teams at the end of the women’s soccer group stage at the Tokyo Olympics. Sweden, who have convincingly defeated the world and Olympic champions four times on their way to the Group G leader, proved to be the most dangerous contender for the gold medal they lost in Rio de Janeiro.
The previous edition silver medalist racked up three wins from most matches by easily beating weak New Zealand 2-0 in the group final on Tuesday. Sweden was the only team in the group stage to achieve three wins and a full points to advance to the knockout quarter-finals, meeting with the host country and the 2011 World Cup winner, who managed to qualify for one. 3rd place between the two best teams.
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The Netherlands, who started with a massive 10-3 victory over African qualifier Zambia, finished in Yokohama with a thrilling 8-2 victory over former Asian champion China. The European champions, who drew 3-3 in the second round with South American giants, Brazil, finished with an unmatched league record of 21 goals in their favour, while Arsenal striker Vivian Miedema, who played in the second half against China, scored twice. to set a new record with eight goals at the Women’s Olympic Games. Barcelona midfielder Leke Martens scored twice as well as Bayern Munich striker Linneth Bernstein, while Shanice van de Sanden and Victoria Belova found the goal once to complete the Chinese demolition.
The Netherlands faced the United States in the quarter-finals, as their 44-game unbeaten streak ended with a 0-3 loss to Sweden in their first match of the tournament. The United States advanced to the playoffs with a 6-1 win over underperforming New Zealand in the second round. The Americans played a goalless draw with Australia in the last round and that was enough to see them finish second with a better goal difference after the two ended in a draw at four points each. Brazil, who defeated Zambia 1-0 in the last round, finished second behind the Netherlands and will face second-seeded Canada in Group E in the quarter-finals.
Great Britain, which played the sole representative of four British football associations for the first time, advanced in Group E after their 1-1 draw with Canada, leading to the 85th minute before Nichelle Prince scored an own goal to save the player. . withdrawal of force. The British national team will face Australia in the quarter-finals.
QUARTER-FINAL (all matches on July 30th):
In Kashima: Great Britain vs Australia
In Saitama: Sweden vs Japan
In Yokohama: Holland vs. United State
In Revo: Canada and Brazil.
Group competition results (last round):
Group E: Chile lost to Japan 1 (Tanaka 77) and Canada drew 1 (Lyon 55) with Great Britain 1 (Prince 85).
Group F: Netherlands 8 (Van de Sanden 12, Berenstein 37, 45 + 2, Martins 47, 70, Midema 65, 76, Belova 71) beat China 2 (Wang Shanshan 28, Wang Yanwen 69), Brazil 1 (Andressa 19) ). ). bt Zambia 0.
Group G: New Zealand 0 lost to Sweden 2 (Invegaard 17, Januji 29), the United States 0 drew with Australia 0.
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