Canada and the United States, Australia and Sweden, which were in the same starting block, will decide the Olympic medals in women’s football.
Helsinki / Tokyo
Women the great power of football The United States stumbled on penalties at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, but the reigning world champion at the Tokyo Games received a rebate for the events of five years ago.
The United States advanced to the semifinals by taking a penalty shootout against the Netherlands 4-2. After 120 minutes, the match played in Yokohama ended in a result of 2–2.
United States was convincing in the penalties, for Rose Lavelle, Alex Morgan, Christen Press and Megan Rapinoe all succeeded in scoring. Keeper Alyssa Naeher rejected the Dutch Vivianne Miedeman and Aniek Nouwenin companies.
Naeher showed his fighting skills already at the end of the actual playing time when he stopped Lieke Martensin a hefty penalty kick.
“This team just kept working hard until the end. I am very proud of the four players who stepped forward and scored all penalty kicks. It was huge, ”Naeher smoked The According to The Guardian.
Quadruple Olympic champion The United States suffered a semi-final relegation in Rio to Sweden, which took the victory hard and advanced to silver. In Tokyo, the United States is seeking a return to the Olympic gold standard after a nine-year hiatus.
The Americans face Canada in the semi-finals, which defeated Brazil in their semi-finals after a 1-0 penalty shootout.
Miedema, who hit two goals in the U.S. net, made Olympic history in Japan, as the Dutch striker became the first female player to score ten goals in a single Olympic tournament. However, the goal cannon failed as the first shooter in the polka dot race.
Playoffs on the other side, Australia bounced Britain out of the tournament with a 4-3 overtime win, and Sweden continued their clean game by knocking Japan 3-1.
The Australian hero became two goals scored Sam Kerr, who scored a 4-2 victory in the 106th minute.
The semi-finals USA-Canada and Australia-Sweden will be played next Monday. Of the teams, Sweden, the United States and Australia all played in the same starting block.