Sweden 4 – 2 Australia (Saitama Stadium)
Caitlin Foord and Steph Catley started for Australia against Sweden in Group G. Goalkeeper Lydia Williams was surprisingly dropped to the bench in a topsy turby game that saw Fridolino Rolfo give Sweden the lead, only for Sam Kerr to equalise soon afterwards. Kerr headed a Caitlin Foord cross home from close range to give the Matildas the lead early in the second half, but goals from Lina Hurtig, Rolfo and Stenius Blackstenius gave Sweden a 4-2 victory. Australia play USA on Tuesday.
Japan 0 – 1 Team GB (Saporro)
Leah Williamson, Nikita Parris and Kim Little all started for Team GB against Japan with Gunners captain Kim Little skippering the side. It was former Arsenal striker Ellen White who again scored for Team GB, guaranteeing them a place in the quarter-finals. Japan surprisingly left Mana Iwabuchi on the bench. GB take on Canada in the final group game, while Japan will play Chile on Tuesday in Group G.
Netherlands 3 – 3 Brazil (Rifu)
Vivianne Miedema started for Netherlands and scored twice in a see-saw encounter with Brazil in Group F. Miedema gave Netherlands the lead with a sumptuous turn and finish in the 3rd minute, before Debinha equalised for Brazil. A Miedema header restored the Dutch lead in the second half, but a Marta penalty and a Ludmilla goal put Brazil in front. Former Arsenal midfielder Dominique Janssen rescued a point for Sarina Wiegman’s team with a thirty yard free-kick into the top corner. Netherlands finish the group with a game against China on Tuesday. Miedema went off just before the end with what looked like a groin injury.
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