This week we assessment this month’s Olympic Games Finals Women’s Football Tournament in Japan, gained by Canada on penalty kicks over Sweden; the 16 day competitors delivered some nice particular person and staff performances, together with three of the 4 quarterfinals video games requiring additional time to determine a winner, with two of these going to penalty kicks.
Oh Canada! Third Consecutive Olympic Medal—a Gold Medal–includes a First Win over their Neighbors to the South—the U.S.—in Two DecadesOn August 6, Canada gained the Olympic Gold Medal on penalties after a 1-1 tie towards favored Sweden, who have been excellent all match. Chelsea’s Jessie Fleming (67′) scored on a penalty kick for the second consecutive match after Sweden’s Stina Blackstenius (34′) opened the scoring throughout regulation play. At the top of an exhausting and brief match (see extra beneath) each groups noticed 7 of 12 penalty makes an attempt miss or have been saved; Nathalie Bjorn (Everton of the WSL) and Olivia Schough (Rosengard of Sweden) scored for Sweden whereas Chelsea’s Jess Fleming (once more), Deanne Rose (ex-University of Florida and—regardless of being the tenth decide in the NWSL 2021 draft—signed on July 28 to play this season for Reading in the WSL on a two yr contract) and Julia Grosso (University of Texas) scored for the Canadians. Grosso’s kick was touched with one hand by a diving Swedish keeper Hedvig Lindahl (at the moment with Atletico Madrid in Spain after one yr with Wolfsburg in Germany and 4 with Chelsea) however ricocheted up excessive into the web. Sweden’s veteran midfielder Caroline Seger of Rosengard might have gained the sport and the Gold Medal for her nation, however she put her spot kick acres over the aim that was defended by her membership teammate Steph Labbe.

Canada Women’s National Football Team shows their Gold Medals after their victory over Sweden on August 6. Photo courtesy of Canada Soccer.Canada defeated the U.S. in a 2020 Olympic Games semifinal match on August 2, 2021 (1-0) for solely their fourth win in 62 video games all-time between the 2 neighboring nations in order to make the Gold Medal match towards Sweden. Canada is now 4-7-51 (W-D-L) towards the Americans relationship again to 1986 and was its first win in the collection since March of 2001 in the pleasant Algarve Cup spring match in Portugal.
Canada performed a robust defensive recreation and utterly befuddled the U.S., who had 17 photographs—however not often threatened to attain—whereas Canada had solely 5 (6 vs. 2 for photographs on body). The essential second got here in the seventy fifth minute when American again Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars) was adjudged by VAR assessment to have taken down Deanne Rose in the penalty space after Ukrainian referee Kateryna Monzul had initially let play proceed.
All-time males’s and girls’s chief in worldwide targets Christine Sinclair (187 targets from 304 caps) normally takes the penalty kicks for Canada however had missed her first try towards Brazil in the penalty kick decider in their quarterfinal match and turned the ball over to Chelsea midfielder Jess Fleming, who beat substitute goalkeeper Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns)—who changed starter Alyssa Naehler (Chicago Red Stars), who injured her leg after the primary half hour. France dived to her left however Fleming’s shot was completely positioned into the aspect netting. Sinclair didn’t point out it after the sport however a part of her rationale was in all probability that she can be going through long-time Portland Thorns clubmate Adrianna Franch in aim, who doubtless has seen each model of Sinclair’s makes an attempt in follow [She did the same thing in the Final match against Sweden after being fouled in the box, with Fleming again burying her spot kick]. She confirmed once more how nice a captain she is in deferring to her teammate in Fleming for such an enormous kick, explaining after the sport that “[Jess] was at all times so calm.” Sinclair stated in regards to the historic win minutes after the match on NBC tv, “It’s been a very long time coming to lastly beat these guys in a match that issues, I’m so pleased with these guys.” [I think over the years of just the tournaments that I have covered live in which Canada fell narrowly to the U.S., including the Bronze Medal match of the 2003 Women’s World Cup in Los Angeles, the 2008 CONCACAF Olympic Qualification Tournament in Juarez, Mexico and last year’s 2020 CONCACAF Olympic Qualification Tournament in Los Angeles, as well as other big matches between the two sides over the years, including the FIFA U-19 [now U-20] Women’s World Cup Final in 2002 in Canada, the 2008 Olympic Games Quarterfinal in China and the 2012 Olympic Games Semifinal in London. This win was sure to occur sooner or later and it lastly did on an enormous stage in a significant match.] Sinclair referred to as the efficiency of her aspect “Gritty…. Our aim heading right here was to alter the color of the medal after back-to-back Bronze Medals. What a efficiency, what a struggle, I’m simply so pleased with our staff, and yet another to go. For these of us who have been a part of 2012, it was good to get slightly revenge in an Olympic semi-finals [a 4-3 loss to the Americans in extra-time in London]. This is a really distinctive and particular group, one I’m very proud to be a part of; we struggle for every little thing. Job one is finished for us, altering the color of the medal, however now that we’re in the Final, we go for it. This match is grueling, that is why I’m proud that now we have 22 gamers sturdy that may step on the sphere and make a distinction and so they have this match.”
Head Coach Bev Priestman, who has been in the lead teaching place in Canada job all of 10 months after serving to England to the 2019 Women’s World Cup semifinals in a two yr stint together with her native nation’s girls’s nationwide staff program, stated after the match, “All credit score to the gamers, they left every little thing on the market. It meant a lot to them to get to this Final. I feel you noticed that in the shift that they’ve put in. There’s some veterans on this staff that also really feel that harm from London 2012. I’m over the moon for that group of gamers to get that, and somebody like Christine [Sinclair] now will get to go to an Olympic Final; they’ve achieved a lot for this system. For us, we have been clear; we wished to alter the color of the medal. Winners win and we’re going into that closing to get a Gold Medal.”

Note: Former Canada WNT head coach John Herdman, who introduced Priestman from New Zealand a number of years after taking the job in Canada in the autumn of 2011, following taking the Football Ferns to 2 WWCs in China and Germany, has had a very good 2021 Gold Cup match not too long ago with the Canadian males’s nationwide staff (which he switched to in January of 2018). The Maple Leafs misplaced narrowly to CONCACAF big Mexico in the semifinals 2-1 and had significantly higher of the play for massive components of their match on July 29. Canada’s males’s staff now enters the ultimate section of CONCACAF 2022 World Cup qualifying this fall with a legit shot at a World Cup Finals spot in Qatar, for the primary time for the reason that CONCACAF qualifying tournaments of the 1990’s, which, in the event that they qualify, can be solely their second ever World Cup Finals look since their debut in 1986 in Mexico.
The USA’s finest probability of the Canada recreation got here on a Carli Lloyd (NJ/NY FC Gotham) header that slid simply previous the highest of the crossbar in the 86th minute, although it was nicely coated by Canada goalkeeper Steph Labbe (Rosengard of Sweden). Labbe was the hero of Canada’s shootout win over Brazil in the quarterfinals (see beneath) ending the 120 minutes with six saves.
The North American semifinal recreation was held in Kashima, a few 90 minute prepare journey east from central Tokyo station and residential to the Kashima Antlers, the place Brazilian super-star Zico performed and coached in the 1990’s, when the skilled J-League started. Unfortunately, no followers have been allowed on the match due to COVID.
I coated girls’s soccer for two Canadian retailers for years and nonetheless take part in media calls with the federation. I knew sooner or later that the Canadians would finest the Americans in a recreation that mattered, after coming so shut on so many events. Canada has for years achieved so many issues appropriately in growing their girls’s recreation, notably in rising the game on the youth stage for girls and boys, which overtook ice hockey in the variety of youth gamers in the nation years in the past. They have the nucleus of a brand new surprise technology of gamers rising together with Fleming, Jordan Huitema of PSG and defender Vanessa Gilles (ex-University of Cincinnati who has performed for Bordeaux in France since 2018, after shifting to Europe to play the primary half of 2018 with Apollon Limassol in Cyprus), who was all-world towards the Americans with 19 clearances—45% of her aspect’s 42 clearances and he or she alone had six extra clearances than your complete American staff with 13, and may very well be shifting to the next profile membership in England or Spain in the subsequent yr or two—together with Janine Beckie of Manchester City up entrance. Combine this with a robust youth nationwide staff program (ending fourth on the FIFA U-17 WWC in Uruguay in 2018) and Canada is in superb form. The subsequent step for future development is to start out a nationwide skilled league (which now we have talked about not too long ago; see final week’s column: The Week in Women’s Football: Ex-Arsenal coach joins Reign; Matheson retires; Iceland replace – Tribal Football) in order that they don’t seem to be so reliant on the American’s NWSL, although the connection between the 2 nations has been very useful to each nations. Congratulations to the Maple Leafs on their Olympic Gold Medal and landmark victory over the Americans.

Canada celebrates on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the place they gained the Gold Medal. Photo courtesy of Canada Soccer.Canada had superior to the quarterfinals with solely 4 targets scored, tied with Great Britain and Australia for seventh better of the 12 rivals, however solely allowed three targets—tied for fourth finest with Brazil, who they knocked out of the quarterfinals after a scoreless tie by successful the penalty kick decider 4-3. Great Britain solely allowed one aim in their three matches for the very best staff protection in the group stage, adopted by Japan and Sweden with two. Janine Beckie scored twice for Canada in the 2-1 win over Chile, of which Head Coach Bev Priestman stated, “You had Olympic debuts for Jayde Riviere (University of Michigan) and Julia Grosso (University of Texas)—each 20-years-old—who got here by way of the youth system, and I used to be actually pleased with each of these performances.” Evergreen ahead Christine Sinclair scored in the 1-1 opener towards Japan; and Adriana Leon (West Ham United) scored in the final group recreation, a 1-1 tie towards Great Britain.
In the quarterfinal towards Brazil, goalkeeper Labbe was the hero with two saves in the penalty kick session—one from Andressa with AS Roma of Italy and the opposite from Rafaelle, who not too long ago joined Palmeiras in Sao Paulo after 5 years in China with Changchun Dazhong Zhuoyue, after taking part in on the University of Mississippi and one season with the Houston Dash in 2014—in the fourth and fifth rounds of the shootout, to provide Canada a semifinal spot at their third consecutive Olympic Games. Sinclair had her opening spot-kick denied by Brazilian goalkeeper Barbara (Kindermann in Brazil) however Fleming, Ashley Lawrence (Paris St. Germain), Leon (West Ham United) and Gilles all made consecutive penalty kicks to earn the 4-3 shootout victory. Canada’s protection successfully gained the match as through the 120 minutes of area play, that they had one shot on the right track, whereas Brazil had 4 (of 9 complete photographs).
Note: In Brazil’s 5-0 win over China, 35-year-old Marta (Orlando Pride), scored twice whereas turning into the primary participant to attain in 5 girls’s Olympic soccer tournaments, whereas her teammate Formiga (Sao Paolo FC, after taking part in with Paris St. Germain for 5 seasons and performed in the States in the W-League and WPS) turned the primary girls’s footballer to play in seven Olympics. The 43-year-old Formiga performed in the inaugural girls’s Olympic soccer competitors in 1996 and every match since.

American Introspection—What Went Wrong and What Will Change?The U.S. was shutout in three of their first 5 Olympic Final matches and gained solely as soon as in regulation previous to their Third Place match (not together with the QF win over the Netherlands on penalty kicks)—it had been shutout simply twice in its first 32 Olympic Finals video games and allowed seven targets, probably the most it has ever allowed in an Olympic match. Head Coach Vlatko Andonovski’s place was sadly trying shaky (it should not be the case however earlier WNT coaches have been let go after just one or two losses—Greg Ryan, after a devastating 4-0 loss to Brazil in the 2007 semifinals in China mixed with Hope Solo’s meltdown as a result of he used backup Brianna Scurry in that essential match, and Tom Sermanni after dropping two video games on the Spring Algarve Cup whereas giving younger gamers an opportunity, as he was directed to do by Federation administration..
The strain on Vlatko was launched with their Third Place match 4-3 victory over Australia to seize a Bronze Medal (see extra beneath). Returning residence and not using a medal in all probability would have pushed a head teaching change. Andonovski is now 24-3-2 (W-D-L) in his first 29 video games in cost.

One of the photographs of the match—instantly following the match, Carli Lloyd ponders the U.S.’s shock loss to Canada 1-0 in the 2020 Olympic Games Semifinal on August 2, 2021. Photo Source: suppose that the U.S. staff was too previous (at a median age of 32) with Carli Lloyd (39) and Megan Rapinoe (34) not taking part in to earlier expectations, in addition to Alex Morgan (32). This actually seems to be just like the final match for Lloyd—who scored twice in the Third Place recreation and completed because the U.S.’s all-time Olympic Goals scorer with 10 targets in 312 caps—second on the U.S. staff forward of now retired Christie Rampone (311) and now solely behind Kristine Lilly with 354 appearances all-time The midfield in specific at instances seemed overrun—notably towards Sweden in the opener—with Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns), Sam Mewis (North Carolina Courage) and Julie Ertz (coming back from harm suffered earlier this NWSL season with the Chicago Red Stars) not dictating play as normal. Others that will have performed in their final main match embody central defender Becky Sauerbrunn (36) and wing again Kelly O’Hara (33). If Alex Morgan returns—as anticipated—the forwards must get youthful because the Japan squad’s youngest ahead was Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) at 28, who has by no means been seen as a constant starter for the Nats regardless of sturdy NWSL seasons with the Courage. Andonovski needed to take care of a transparent lack of chemistry on his aspect (which COVID restrictions might have impacted however each staff needed to take care of them—see extra beneath), little coherency in addition to questionable line-up choices and techniques. There is younger expertise ready in the wings, notably in the NWSL, but in addition a number of overseas like Catarina Macario of Lyon, who was on the aspect in Japan however solely performed for 6 minutes in the 6-1 dismantling of New Zealand in the Group Stage.Three European Sides carry out nicely however Only One Made the SemifinalsSweden, beneath their stellar head coach Peter Gerhardsson (61), who coached for years on the boys’s aspect earlier than taking on the ladies’s nationwide staff in 2017—with eight seasons at BK Hacken’s males’s aspect in Goteborg—created an early stir on match day one once they completely defeated the reigning Women’s World Cup Champions Americans 3-0, in a recreation that would have been worse for the U.S.. The Swedes then defeated Australia (4-2) and New Zealand (2-0) to high Group G and was the one aspect with three Group spherical victories. Great Britain and the Netherlands additionally topped their teams (E and F, respectively) with 7 factors, every with one tie (1-1 with Canada and 3-3 towards Brazil, respectively).
In the Quarterfinals, solely Sweden superior after a 3-1 win over Japan—the one one of many 4 matches to be determined in regulation time, whereas Great Britain fell to Australia 4-3 in additional time and Netherlands misplaced to the Americans 4-2 on penalty kicks after a 2-2 tie by way of 120 minutes. For Great Britain, Ellen White was sensational in scoring all however one in every of their 7 targets (the opposite being a Canadian personal aim), together with a hat trick in the QF misplaced to Australia. Vivianne Mediema of the Netherlands scored 8 of her aspect’s tournament-leading 21 targets in the group stage after which added two extra towards the Americans to complete because the Golden Boot winner with 10.
The Americans have been seen as considerably fortunate to knock the Netherlands out however the recreation might have gone both manner earlier than penalty kicks, with Lieke Martins having her penalty kick try saved by veteran goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars) late in the second half (81st minute). Midfielder Danielle van de Donk (who joined Olympique Lyon of France this summer time after an extended spell in the WSL with Arsenal) despatched a close-range header simply large in the 86th minute and Megan Rapinoe’s (OL Reign) cross prompted havoc in the Dutch defence in the 89th minute. The Netherlands had a header aim disallowed for offside in the 94th minute and Naeher made a diving save on Miedema’s header in the 103rd minute. The U.S. had two disallowed targets in the ultimate quarter-hour of additional time by Christen Press (ex-Manchester City and at the moment and not using a membership) and Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride).
The Americans scored 4 consecutive spot kicks after the 120 minutes by way of Rose Lavelle (OL Reign), Morgan, Press and Rapinoe, whereas Naehler saved two in the penalty shootout, together with one from the primary shooter Miedema and the Netherlands’ final shooter Aniek Nowen (Chelsea in the Super League). The consequence was a tragic manner for head coach Sarina Weigman—a former worldwide participant for the Netherlands—to depart the aspect she guided to the 2017 EUROs title and the 2019 WWC closing. She will now coach England’s girls’s nationwide staff.
COVID modified the Atmosphere of the GamesMegan Rapinoe talked in regards to the lack of environment at these Olympics—with COVID limiting attendance to minimal numbers outdoors of Tokyo and video games utterly closed to followers inside Tokyo—being staged in a rustic the place the overwhelming majority of residents have been towards them coming due to the low variety of residents having been vaccinated through the pandemic. Remember that the primary girls’s soccer matches in the Olympics have been on the 1996 Games in Atlanta, Georgia, which helped create the platform for the massively profitable 1999 Women’s World Cup in the States, which shot the American girls to nationwide prominence with thrilling performances and sell-out crowds across the nation. Rapinoe stated, “There’s fairly actually no fanfare. There’s signage, and you bought the lanyard, and you’ve got all of the issues to make it really feel like an Olympics….[It] is totally completely different…I feel now that is every little thing’s kicking off, we’ll be capable of watch extra occasions on TV, you will get all of the little again tales, and from that perspective, it will really feel extra prefer it. But to play a significant championship in a stadium with, there’s in all probability like 100 folks right here complete; clearly it is actually completely different.” The U.S. stayed in a resort in central Tokyo and acquired every day COVID assessments, and Rapinoe continued, “Obviously you are in the center of Tokyo, and there is probably not a inexperienced area, or anyplace you could go. So that is slightly more durable. I feel the work-life stability might be slightly off or utterly off right now.” Rapinoe additionally admitted that, towards Sweden in their opening match, that the U.S., “received our asses kicked,” however once more introduced up the shortage of followers, “Probably the environment sucked slightly bit out of us.” To be truthful, the opposite groups and different sport disciplines needed to take care of the identical factor. Japan was a beautiful co-host of the 2002 Men’s World Cup which I attended and it was unhappy to observe all of the empty stadiums on TV, however the well being threat was too nice to not take these excessive precautions.
Zambia and Barbra Banda Were RevelationsWe commonly cowl the African girls’s recreation so Barbra Banda was a identified entity to common readers of this column, however many viewers have been taken unexpectedly together with her scoring expertise. She scored three targets in every of Zambia’s first two matches (a 10-3 defeat to the Netherlands adopted by a 4-4 tied with China) to guide the Copper Queens. A slim 1-0 loss to Brazil, once they performed with 10 girls from the thirteenth minute on after Lushomo Mweemba (20) of Green Buffalos acquired a straight purple card, despatched them residence however there’s a lot to construct on. The Zambian Federation should proceed to speculate in the ladies’s league, the youth stage and the complete nationwide staff, staging friendlies at residence and overseas.
Zambia’s efficiency in Japan was much more superb on condition that the Copper Queens struggled to boost the funds ($2 million funds) to organize for the video games and truly compete in Japan, however a late fundraising marketing campaign at residence was profitable. Access Bank and United Bank for Africa pledged US$10,000 and US$5,000 respectively whereas Bank of Zambia donated K100,000 (US$5,200) with an analogous quantity pledged by employees from the Vice President’s workplace, whereas NATSAVE (Zambian Government Financial Institution] gave K60,000 together with K60,000 (US$3,100) from chosen everlasting secretaries, K50,000 (US$2,600) from the Zambia National Building Society and K2,000 ($104) pledged by the City of Lusaka gamers That’s nice that the gamers are serving to the National Team however they should not should as these gamers and golf equipment are struggling for salaries and sources at residence as it’s.
Zambia (ranked 104th in the final FIFA girls’s nationwide staff scores) shocked many on the finish of final yr once they defeated Cameroon (the twelfth ranked staff in CAF) to take the African title. Typically not as many African groups contest the Olympic Games qualifiers in contrast with the Women’s World Cup, however Zambia should now goal a berth in the 2023 Women’s World Cup in order that 2021 is just not seen as an aberration. To achieve this, they have to compete with the likes of standard powerhouses Nigeria (thirty eighth), Cameroon (52nd), South Africa (fifty fifth) and Ghana (59th), in addition to Cote d’Ivoire (61st), Equatorial Guinea (74th), Tunisia (77th), Morocco (eightieth), Mali (84th), Algeria (86th), Senegal (87th) and even an bettering Kenya (one hundred and fortieth). Encouraging the native league whereas pursuing extra alternatives for their high expertise to play overseas is important for the Zambian federation.
Banda got here to soccer late as she first was a boxer (by no means dropping a struggle till she focused on soccer) with the Green Buffaloes aspect in Zambia, performed in Spain’s Primera Division with Logrono, after which made a high-paying switch to Shanghai Shengli of the Chinese Super League in 2020. For the Copper Queens, she displayed tenacity, a never-give-up perspective and her straight ahead runs at excessive pace have been superb to see. Banda ought to take the identical path as Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala blazed when she was with Dalian Quanjian for components of two seasons after leaving Arsenal in England after which returning to Europe to affix Barcelona of Spain, the place she gained the UEFA WCL Final final season and contributed 38 targets in the least two seasons. The Chinese league pays nicely and has some good competitors however coaches nonetheless see it as a little bit of a retirement vacation spot and at 21, Banda must be gracing the beginning lineup for one of many high 20 golf equipment in UEFA. Look for Banda to maneuver to a European membership staff close to you in the long run.
Matilda’s Swedish Head Coach Tony Gustafsson’s Job is Probably Safe after Making the Semifinals and giving Sweden a Difficult SportAustralia’s advance to the semifinals—their first ever look in the medal stage of a Olympic Games or Women’s World Cup—in all probability ensures that new Swedish head coach Tony Gustafsson will stay in his place by way of the 2023 WWC, which they are going to co-host with New Zealand.
The Matildas hadn’t gained in 4 earlier friendlies in Europe earlier than the Olympics since Gustafsson’s appointment and a 2-1 win towards the Football Ferns after which a 4-2 defeat towards Sweden left it handy {that a} tie in the final recreation towards the Americans would advance each groups to the knockout stage. In a recreation of few actual probabilities, it was clear that after 60 minutes, neither aspect had a lot incentive to attempt for a winner.
In the 4-3 Third Place Match loss to the Americans, the Australian aim scorers have been Caitlin Foord and Emily Gielnek together with Sam Kerr, who together with her forty eighth worldwide aim and sixth of the Olympic Games Finals turned the Matilda’s all-time main scorer. The U.S. has a 27-4-1 (W-D-L) all-time file towards Australia. The priorities for the aspect is to tighten its protection, which seemed a lot too sluggish, and has been a little bit of an Achilles Heel for the previous couple of years.
Sweden secured their 1-0 win over the Matildas in the semifinals on August 2 and will have doubled the scoreline late, however general—regardless that the winner by Fridolina Rolfo got here from some turbulent play in the Australian penalty field and was slightly messy—they have been definitely worth the win.
Sweden’s Emma Blackstenius (Hacken) had 5 targets in the match whereas Fridolina Rolfo (who transferred this summer time from Wolfsburg in Germany to reigning UEFA Women’s Champions League title holders Barcelona) had three targets and Lina Hurtig (in her second season at Juventus) completed with two.
Worthiness of the Olympic Games Women’s Football CompetitionEven some non-Olympic girls’s soccer followers, who hadn’t prioritised watching the Olympics soccer match, raved about a few of the matches, however solely two days relaxation between the entire matches is an issue. Expanding the rosters to incorporate the 4 alternates—regardless that information of the change was official simply days earlier than the Games began—was an actual constructive. Over time, some have anticipated FIFA to disengage considerably from the Olympic Games as they’ve achieved on the boys’s aspect, in order to guard their income making World Cups (now ladies and men) and there are solely 12 groups in the previous relatively than 32; this might embody not fielding full nationwide groups for the ladies’s match in future occasions and mirroring the boys’s U-23 format. This match did present that the Olympic Games Finals are nonetheless necessary on the senior stage and helps to drive the curiosity in the game between the 4 yr WWC cycles. With sports activities like baseball and softball seeming coming in and out on the whim of Olympic hosts’ curiosity, it can be crucial for girls’s soccer to stay a senior stage sport for basic visibility in addition to for gender fairness numbers for the IOC, and to additionally hold consistency in funding for growing nations like Chile and Zambia. The incontrovertible fact that UEFA, Oceania and CONMEBOL all don’t maintain separate Olympic Games qualification tournaments—sending the highest finishers from the WWC (UEFA) or continental championships—exhibits lower than full dedication on the confederation stage. Overall, this was a memorable Olympic Games and a lift for the ladies’s recreation.
Group E Standings:
W-D-L-GF-GA-Pts1. *Great Britain 2-1-0-4-1-7 2. *Canada 1-2-0-4-3-53. *Japan 1-1-1-2-2-44. Chile 0 -0-3-1-5-0Group F Standings:1. *Netherlands 2-1-0-21-8-72. *Brazil, 2-1-0-9-3-7 3. Zambia 0-1-2-7-15-14. China 0-1-2 6-17-1Group G Standings:1. *Sweden 3-0-0-9-2-92. *USA 1-1-1-6-4-4 3. *Australia 1-1-1-4-5-44. New Zealand 0-0-3-2-10-0*Advances to quarterfinals
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