All nine of Arsenal’s Olympians were in action on match day four at Tokyo2020 as the women’s football tournament entered the quarter-final stage. Here is a round-up of how they all got on.
Team GB 3 – Australia 4 (AET) (Kashima)
Leah Williamson and Kim Little started for Team GB, while Steph Catley and Caitlin Foord started for Australia in Kashima. Lydia Williams was on the bench for the Matildas while Nikita Parris came on in the second half for Team GB. Ellen White’s hat-trick couldn’t stop Team GB from bowing out of the tournament as a brace from Sam Kerr and goals from Mary Fowler and Alana Kennedy put the Matildas through to the semi-finals, where they will play Sweden on Monday.
Sweden 3 – 1 Japan (Saitama)
Mana Iwabuchi started for hosts Japan against Sweden but was powerless to prevent the Swedes from progressing to the semi-final. Magdalena Eriksson gave Sweden an early lead before Tanaka’s equaliser. Second half goals from Stina Blackstenius and Kosavore Asllani gave Sweden the victory. Iwabuchi joins Williamson, Wubben-Moy, Parris and Little in exiting the tournament.
Netherlands 2 – 2 USA AET (Yokohama)
USA win 4-2 on penalties.
Vivianne Miedema scored twice for Netherlands against USA, giving them an early first half lead, which was traversed by goals from Sam Mewis and Lynn Williams, before Miedema equalised in the second half. Unfortunately, Miedema was one of two Dutch players to miss in the subsequent shootout, with Lieke Martens also having a spot kick saved during the match. Miedema leaves the tournament with ten goals scored, the record for goals scored in a single Olympic tournament prior to this was six. This match was also Miedema’s 100th cap for her country.
WHAT A GOAL FROM MIEDEMA! pic.twitter.com/gYzu1HAnJz
— Hedonist (@The_Hedonist_6) July 30, 2021
This means Arsenal’s Australians are the last players standing at Tokyo 2020. It is not yet clear whether the others will be available for Arsenal’s Champions League qualifiers in Moscow on August 18th and 21st but Arseblog News plans to ask coach Jonas Eidevall on Sunday.