Enter the semi-finals.
On Friday, the United States will play against the Netherlands in the quarter-finals of the Olympic Women’s Football Championship-bringing together the two teams that participated in the World Cup final in France two years ago.
The American women were enough to win 2-0, and then the crowd chanted “Equal pay for equal work!” Supporting the team’s legal rights struggle with the men’s national team.
This time, there will not be any crowds. The case is being heard in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the United States, and no ruling is expected in the near future. Obviously, the World Cup finals are more important than the quarter-finals of the Olympics.
But the Yokohama game became significant because the usually indomitable Americans showed weaknesses in the group stage: especially in the opening game of the Olympics they lost 3-0 to Sweden.
After defeating New Zealand with 6-1 rebounds, the United States and Australia drew a tie. Although the United States, which is dominant on the offensive end, was uncharacteristically, the team advanced to the knockout stage.
The United States has not been turned away since the 2017 Olympics, and now this team has been suspended twice in less than two weeks.
“I think many people understand that we are here to compete and win the gold medal. No matter where we get there, winning is the most important thing. So yes, fans and outsiders might say, “Oh, that’s so different. “You have never seen the United States do this,” defender Crystal Dunn said.
“But at the same time, it’s about executing a game plan, moving from one round to another. No matter what tactics and plans we have, our job as players is to trust and believe in ourselves and each other, and for the new Fight for one day.”
Instead, the Netherlands has become a master of high scores. The Dutch team scored 21 goals in the group stage, breaking the 16-goal record set by the US team in 2012.
Dutch striker Vivianne Miedema has set an Olympic record of 8 goals, and this is only in the group stage.
Midma is an Arsenal professional player. He is only 25 years old and is already the Dutch team’s historical scoring leader, scoring 81 goals in 99 games. She is also the best professional scorer in the English Women’s Premier League.
Since the World Cup finals, the United States has been playing against the Dutch team and won the same 2-0 score in Breda in November last year. Before losing to Sweden, the US team remained unbeaten in 44 consecutive games.
“We understand what they like to do as a team and their style of play. However, it was a friendly match and we knew we were in the knockout stage and everything could be completely different,” Dunn said on Thursday.
“It’s about focusing on our game plan and what we are trying to do because we can’t indulge in thinking,’Oh, we’ve played them before, so this is exactly what this game looks like.’ This is almost in the knockouts It’s impossible.”
In the other quarter-finals on Friday:
Canada v. Brazil, Lifo: Another rematch, but this time is the third game of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The Canadian team won the Olympic bronze medal for the second time in a row in that game, ruining the Brazilian team’s chance of winning a medal at home.
Japan has many similar faces. In Canada, there is Christine Sinclair, the international men’s and women’s scorer in football history. Brazil has Marta, who won the FIFA Player of the Year six times.
Brazil is now playing under the leadership of coach Pia Sundhage, who led the American women to win the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics. Canadian coach John Hedeman in Brazil now coaches the national men’s team.
Britain vs. Australia, Kashima: The Australian team advances to the knockout round as one of the third-ranked teams after the group stage. This is the fifth Olympic trip for Matildas and the third time they have entered the quarterfinals.
The United Kingdom is at the top of the E group. In an odd rule, the British Olympic team must include Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland, and all four teams must agree to participate. For this reason, the only other Olympic Games to include the British team is the 2012 London Olympics.
Sweden vs. Japan, Saitama: The Swedes have won and advanced in all three games in Group G, including a 3-0 victory over the American in the first game. Sweden eliminated the United States in the quarter-finals of the 2016 Olympics. The team advanced to the final but lost to the German team.
As the host, Japan entered the quarter-finals as one of the top three players. Nadeshiko won the silver medal at the London Olympics, but did not compete in 2016.
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