The Tokyo 2020 Olympics soccer quarter-final series has opened with four matches from the women’s sector on Friday (30/7/2021). As a result, Canada and Australia managed to win and were entitled to advance to the semifinals of women’s soccer at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Sweden and the United States then completed the list of semifinalists.
While struggling in the quarter-finals, Brazil, who qualified as runners-up in Group F, struggled in the face of resistance, Canada as runner-up in Group E. Brazil was forced to draw 0-0 until 90 minutes of normal time was over.
While undergoing additional rounds, Brazil, which was strengthened by women’s soccer star, Marta, never broke the deadlock. Likewise, Canada, which has senior players, Christine Sinclair, and Manchester City striker, Beckie Janine.
As a result, the winner of the duel between the Brazilian and Canadian women’s national teams had to be determined on penalties. In the penalty shootout, Brazil’s first three executioners, namely Marta, Debinha, and Erika, managed to complete their task.
Meanwhile, Andressa and Rafaelle’s kicks were saved by the Canadian goalkeeper, Stephanie Labbe. On the other hand, Canada managed to execute a penalty through Jessie Fleming, Ashley Lawrence, Adriana Leon, and Vanessa Gilles. One Canadian kicker who failed was Christine Sinclair.
As a result, Canada was ahead 4-3 over Brazil in a penalty shootout and was entitled to advance to the semifinals. Apart from Brazil, Australia also ensured a move to the last four after getting rid of Great Britain.
Australia qualified for the semifinals after winning the duel which ended 4-3 in extra time. This defeat was painful for Great Britain because they had a 2-1 lead before finally, Australia equalized in the 89th minute.
The pair of British goals were created through the action of Manchester City striker, Ellen White, in the 57th and 66th minutes, respectively. Meanwhile, Australia’s goals were scored by Tottenham Hotspur defender Alanna Kennedy (35′) and Chelsea striker Sam Kerr in the 89th minute.
The score of 2-2 made the match proceed to extra time. In the 2 x 15 minute round, Australia managed to score two goals at once through the actions of Mary Fowler (103′) and Sam Kerr (106′). Great Britain had reduced the distance to 3-4 via Ellen White’s goal in the 115th minute.
However, in the end, the 4-3 score for Australia’s advantage lasted until the match was over. After defeating Great Britain, Australia will face Sweden in the semifinals, which previously beat Japan 3-1.
Magdalena Eriksson (7′), Stina Blackstenius (53′) scored three Swedish goals and Kosovare Asllani’s penalty in the 68th minute. The only Japanese goal was recorded in the name of Mina Tanaka in the 23rd minute.
The last country to ensure a place in the semifinals was the United States. The certainty was obtained by the United States after defeating the Netherlands on penalties.
The two teams had to duel until the high-five after playing a 2-2 draw for 120 minutes. Vivianne Miedema scored two Dutch goals in the 18th and 54th minutes. While the goals for the United States were created by Samantha Mewis (28′) and Lynn Williams (31′).
In extra time, both the Netherlands and the United States failed to score, so the winner had to be determined via a penalty shootout.
The United States will face neighbors Canada in Monday’s semifinal match (2/8/2021). Great Britain 3-4 Australia (Ellen White 57′, 66′, 115′; Alanna Kennedy 35′, Sam Kerr 89′ , 106′, Mary Fowler 103′)
Sweden 3-1 Japan (Magdalena Eriksson 7′, Stina Blackstenius 53′, Kosovare Asllani 68′; Mina Tanaka 23′) Netherlands 2-2 United States (Vivianne Miedema 18′, 54′; Samantha Mewis 28′, Lynn Williams 31′; penalty shootout 2-4)