Women’s Olympic Soccer Matchday Two Recap
It was another exciting day in the women’s soccer competition, as a few countries punched their tickets to the quarterfinals.
Canada (3) vs. Zimbabwe (1)
The Canadians advanced to the quarterfinals with their second straight win in the tournament. They were led by goals from Janine Beckie and Christine Sinclair. Mavis Chirandu scored the lone goal for Zimbabwe.
United States (1) vs. France (0)
Carli Lloyd was the hero for the Americans, as she scored the match winning goal in the 63rd minute to give her country all three points. The French had their own share of fair chances, but Hope Solo was up to the task to keep the clean sheet.
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Germany (2) vs. Australia (2)
A late goal from Germany allowed them to avoid their first loss of the competition. Saskia Bartusiak was the scorer of the equalizer in the 88th minute. Samantha Kerr and Caitlin Foord had given Australia a 2-0 lead in the first half, but Sara Daebritz scored a crucial goal in first-half stoppage time to bring the Germans back into the match. Germany can clinch a quarterfinals spot with a win or draw against Canada in matchday three.
China (2) vs. South Africa (0)
China won their first match of the competition as they move into second place in the group. Yasha Gu and Ruyin Tang were the goal scorers. Lina Zhao recorded the clean sheet.
New Zealand (1) vs. Columbia (0)
In a closely contested match, the Kiwi’s were able to come away with all three points. Amber Hearn’s 31st minute goal proved to be the match winner. Erin Nayler recorded the clean sheet for New Zealand. The only blemish on the match was the loss of captain Abby Erceg, she was sent off in the 87th minute after receiving a red card.
Brazil (5) vs. Sweden (1)
Brazil continued their fantastic run of form with another dominant victory. The host country jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first-half. They received goals from Beatriz, Cristiane, and Marta, and added two more goals in the final ten minutes of the match, with Marta and Beatriz finding the back of the net once more. Lotta Schelin scored a late consolation goal for Sweden.
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