Tokyo 2020 live: Great Britain beat Chile as Olympics begin with football and softball
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The Tokyo Olympics is under way with football and softball matches taking place today ahead of Friday’s opening ceremony. Japan got off to the perfect start by thrashing Australia in a softball match in Fukushima, before the expected overall medal-table toppers USA beat Italy.
The women’s football competition gets under way with Great Britain taking on Chile in Sapporo at 8.30am BST (4.30pm in Japan). Kicking off in Tokyo at 9.30am BST will be the highly anticipated meeting between Sweden, who won silver in Rio losing to Germany in the final, and the reigning world champions USA.
The Games remains on course although the head of the organising committee Toshiro Muto refused to completely rule out a last-minute cancellation amid ongoing concern surrounding Covid-19. “At this point, the coronavirus cases may rise or fall, so we will think about what we should do when the situation arises.”
Meanwhile the American swimmer Becca Meyers has pulled out of the Paralympics because the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee won’t let her bring her mother to Tokyo as her personal care assistant. Follow all the latest news and updates below.
And Sweden immediately punish the USA on the break to take a 3-0 lead! Hanna Glas makes the overlapping run on the right and swings the ball into the box. Substitute Lina Hurtig gets betweenthe USA defenders to power a header past Alyssa Naeher – Sweden are in dreamland!
70 min: USA hit the post! Rapinoe latches onto a ball over the top before skipping past a couple of challenges and setting up Christian Press, who can only direct the shot onto the post. Big chance for the USA.
68 min: Better from USA. Dunn and Rapinoe link up on the left, with the full-back slipping in a pass to Rapinoe on the byline. The forward looks up before trying to squeeze in a shot past Hedvig Lindahl at her near post, but the goalkeeper makes the save.
60 min: Chances at both ends! Blackstenius has an effort at goal blocked before USA attack on the break through Lloyd. The forward cuts inside onto her left foot but her shot is deflected wide for a corner.
56 min: Space is opening up as USA pile forward in search of a route back into the game. Crystal Dunn sees a shot from range dribble out for a goal kick before Sweden look to counter attack at the other end.
Sweden double their lead! It comes from the second corner in succession for the Swedes, from the ball into the box Amanda Ilestedt rises highest and hits the post with a downward header, but Stina Blackstenius is hanging at the back post to volley the rebound high into the net. It’s a double for Blackstenius, who also scored in the win over the USA in 2016.
51 min: Kelley O’Hara is back up after receiving a bit of treatment. The USA have yet to get going in this second half but Sweden are responsible for that. They’re keeping the ball very well and are intense in their press too in order to win it back.
48 min: Fridolina Rolfö gets forward and hits a drive from range over the bar. Sweden dominated the USA in terms of goal attempts in the opening 45 minutes, outshooting their opponents by 11 attempts to three.
We’re off to Tokyo now for updates on the second half of the USA’s match against Sweden in Group G.
Sweden are leading through Stina Blackstenius’s goal in the 25th minute but USA have made two changes at the break, with Julie Ertz and Carli Lloyd coming on for Sam Mewis and Alex Morgan. Can the USA make a comeback in the second half?