The Women’s Olympic football tournament began with the capital start-up of American superstars. The world champions around the glamorous captain Megan Robinho lost 0: 3 (0: 1) at the start of the gold rush against Sweden and lost for the first time after 44 games. “They hit us a little bit, didn’t they?” Robino, stunned. “We were very inactive today, a little nervous and did stupid things.”
Double packs from Blackstenius and Marta
Four-time Olympic champion Stina Blacksteinius (25th / 55th) and Lena Hardick (72nd) hit the neck at the Tokyo Stadium – the undefeated team since January 2019 and Japan’s top favorite team. However, Americans should have been warned. This is because Sweden had finished the U.S. gold hunt at the Summer Games five years ago in the quarterfinals in Rio de Janeiro. Before the kick-off, players from both teams stood on their knees and took an anti-racist stance.
Meanwhile, the Brazilians lived up to their favorite character against China. Star striker Marta, now 35, scored eleven and twelve Olympic goals (9th / 74th) 5-0 at Miyagi Stadium.
The Germans were not there
The German footballers – after gold in Rio de Janeiro – lost their qualification for Tokyo due to the quarterfinals against Sweden in the 2019 World Cup.
Ml / SN (SIT, DPA, Eurosport)
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