Vivian Miedema (m) scores her fourth goal against Zambia. Photo: Environmental Protection Agency
Dutch footballers won their first match at the Olympics with ridiculous numbers. National coach Sarina Wegman’s team beat Zambia 10-3. Vivian Miedema scored four goals at the Miyagi Stadium in Rivo.
The lionesses will win a medal in their first game. In Zambia, the African actress in the women’s soccer tournament, they found a perfect contender to work on confidence. However, it wasn’t a good sign for the rest of the tournament. The 104th in the world ranking gave so much space and made so many mistakes at the back that the orange was already 6-1 ahead in the first half. The biggest win ever, 13-1 against Macedonia in 2009, was a long way off.
The footballers, who were the first Dutch sports team to take action, are expected to face much greater opposition from Brazil on Saturday, which also started the tournament with a landslide victory over China (5-0). The country that finishes first in Group F will face the second seed in Group G in the quarter-finals, and in that group, the United States, the gold nominees, started with a shock defeat to Sweden (0-3).
Greetings to Spetses
Wegmann and her players have been in Japan for more than two weeks to prepare themselves as best they can for these circumstances. In the evening game in Revo, the temperature was still around 25 degrees Celsius. Sherida Spitsy also belonged to the 2,000 spectators at the stadium, which could accommodate about 50,000 spectators. Sneak sustained the injury in training on Monday and has to watch the rest of the games at home in front of the television.
So reserve captain Sari van Veenendaal walked the field before kick-off in a Spetsey shirt and later showed the shirt as a tribute during the team photo.
Fifteen minutes later, the score was 3-0 thanks to goals from Midima (two goals) and Lieke Martins. Midema’s first goal came after a blunder from the Zambian goalkeeper, followed by several insane blunders.
The orange gave away 3-1 by Barbara Banda. Aniek Nouwen and Merel van Dongen misjudged a deep ball and goalkeeper Van Veenendaal was also surprised by the Zambia captain. After the African team also hit the crossbar, Midema completed a hat-trick in half an hour.
The European champions, the defending champion and No. 2 in the last World Cup, continued to score after that. Martens, Midema, Shanice van de Sanden, Jill Roard and substitutes Lyneth Berenstein and Victoria Belova ensured that the orange hit double digits. In the final stage, Banda scored two more goals for Zambia.