The women’s football tournament got under way at the Olympic Games in Japan today and there was plenty of Arsenal involvement. A full round-up of today’s Arsenal related action.
Team GB 2 – 0 Chile (Sapporo)
Ellen White scored twice in Team GB’s 2-0 win over Chile, with Gunners captain Kim Little playing the full 90 minutes in midfield and producing a stellar performance. Nikita Parris played the final 22 minutes as a substitute and Leah Williamson was an unused sub. Arsenal defender Lotte Wubben-Moy was one of the four players not to make the match day squad.
The Kim Little masterclass continues pic.twitter.com/0mf4f1wIvw
— – A🦋 (@KimLittlefc) July 21, 2021
Japan 1 – 1 Canada (Sapporo)
Mana Iwabuchi scored a late equaliser for hosts Japan against Canada in Saporro. Iwabuchi, who signed for Arsenal from Aston Villa this summer, wore the coveted Japan number 10 shirt and rescued a point for the home side with a sumptuous first-time finish from outside of the penalty area. Japan play Team GB on Saturday.
What a player Mana Iwabuchi will be for Arsenal pic.twitter.com/HYp05Gt88q
— BelindaEdits (@BelindaaEdits) July 21, 2021
Zambia 3 – 10 Netherlands (Rifu)
Vivianne Miedema needed only 60 minutes on the field to help herself to four goals in Netherlands’ opener against Zambia. Miedema had the hat-trick secured inside 30 minutes and left the field (with no injury) shortly after scoring her fourth on 59 minutes. It makes her the top scorer in the tournament after the first round of games and it wouldn’t be surprising to see her finish top of the scoring charts come the tournament’s end. Former Gunner Jill Roord was also on the score sheet in this one.
Miedema goal, van de Donk assist pic.twitter.com/9eJn9WGGHP
— Hedonist (@The_Hedonist_6) July 21, 2021
Australia 2 – 1 New Zealand (Chofu)
Lydia Williams, Steph Catley and Caitlin Foord were all starters for the Matildas as they opened their campaign with a 2-1 win over New Zealand. First half goals from Tameka Yallop and Sam Kerr put them on their way to victory, though New Zealand grabbed a late consolation goal. Catley and Williams played the entire game, Foord was substituted after 88 minutes.
On Saturday, Australia will play Sweden- who shocked world champions USA 3-0 today, Japan play Great Britain and Netherlands face Brazil.