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Africa’s sole representative Zambia hit for 10 by Netherlands Tokyo Olympics

The Tokyo Olympics received underway with the ladies’s soccer occasion witnessing two shock outcomes on the opening day. First, four-time gold medal winners and event favourites the USA had been on the receiving finish of a 3-0 bashing from Sweden earlier than one other European facet, the Netherlands, handed Africa’s sole consultant, Zambia, a 10-3 beating.

Zambia’s feminine nationwide workforce, the Shepolopolo, was making its first-ever look on the Olympics after they confronted a Netherlands facet led by Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema within the opening Group F fixture. The first half of the sport ended 6-1, with Miedema having netted thrice, with Barcelona ahead Lieke Martens including two targets and Shanice Van de Sanden including the sixth. Zambia captain Barbara Banda scored the nation’s first-ever aim within the Olympics as nicely. The second half kicked off in the identical vein, with Miedema, her Arsenal teammate Jill Roord, Lineth Beerensteyn and Victoria Pelova scoring to place the Netherlands 10-1 up by the eightieth minute. Banda accomplished her hattrick with two targets in two minutes to make the scores 10-3, making her the primary African to attain a hattrick on the Olympics.

In Group G, Sweden thrashed the USA 3-0 on the Ajinomoto Stadium, inflicting a significant upset on the opening day of the event. Stina Blackstenius scored twice on both facet of halftime to place the Swedes 2-0 up earlier than Lina Hurtig added a 3rd to finish the victory over the Americans.

In the opposite Group F sport, Brazil defeated China 5-0, with Marta turning into the primary participant to attain in 5 Olympic video games and teammate Formiga turning into the primary to look in seven Olympic video games. In the opposite Group G sport, Australia defeated New Zealand 2-1, leaving the USA on the backside of the log.

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