The United States and Canada each advanced to the semi-finals, in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Women’s Football fixtures today.
After advancing to the final four from the quarterfinals, the United States and Canada will face off in the semi-finals.
Meanwhile, Japan, Brazil, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom faced elimination in today’s women’s quarterfinal matches in the Games.
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Women’s Football Fixtures Today
United States – Netherlands (2-2, 4-2 on penalties)
The United States, who have won the Olympic tournament four times in a row, defeated the Netherlands 4-2 on penalties.
Their game with Netherlands ended 2-2 even after playing extra time in the quarter-finals.
USA finished with fewer than six points in a major event group stage for the first time in their history. So, they knew they needed to improve against a Dutch side that scored 21 times in their first three games.
Indeed, the Netherlands have scored the most for any women’s side at a single Olympics.
However, USA did duly delivered a strong performance, taking the lead twice.
Vivianne Miedema continued her sensational form, scoring twice. This brace cancelled out goals from Samantha Mewis and Lynn Williams in an engrossing match in Yokohama.
After Alyssa Naeher made two saves to her right, Megan Rapinoe swept the game-winning penalty kick high into the net.
Canada – Brazil (0-0, 4-3 on penalties)
Canada awaits the United States after inflicting further heartbreak on Brazil, who’ll continue their wait for gold in this event.
Brazil, who have beaten semi-finalists in Rio five years ago, disappointed with a 0-0 draw with Canada in the quarterfinals.
Eventually, the Brazilian women lost to the Canadian ones, the 2016 bronze medalists, on penalties.
Stephanie Labbe suffered an injury, late in extra time. But she recovered to make two crucial saves in the shootout to secure a 4-3 victory.
Australia – Great Britain (4-3)
The standout quarter-final, however, featured Australia and Great Britain, a seven-goal thriller ending in a 4-3 victory for the Matildas.
Ellen White’s two goals had turned the game on its head and appeared to have sent Hege Riise’s team through.
But Chelsea star Sam Kerr leveled the game in the 89th minute with a crisp low strike.
After Caroline Weir’s penalty strike was a failure, the game swung Australia’s way in the final minute of extra tim. Mary Fowler’s deflected shot found the top corner.
Kerr then added another goal before White completed her hat-trick with a deft header. All this set up a frantic finish in which Australia barely held on for a famous victory.
Moreover, they outperformed in terms of goals, and they enjoyed their highest figure in these finals.
Sweden – Japan (3-1)
Australia will face Sweden in the semi-finals after they demolished Japan’s hopes on their (Japan’s) home soil. Sweden clinched a 3-1 quarterfinals victory over Sweden.
Mina Tanaka equalized Magdalena Eriksson’s sixth-minute opener, but Sweden took control in the second half with goals from Stina Blackstenius and Kosovare Asllani.