Group F is expected to be a tight affair, with Canada, Germany and Australia all strong teams, along the unknown quality of Zimbabwe, there was all to play for. The first round of games saw Canada beat Australia despite being without a player for 70 minutes, and Germany give Zimbabwe a fiery debut with a 6-1 thrashing.
Germany’s game was a baptism of fire for Zimbabwe, but not without some resilience. Germany used their power in the box two score two headers, and were aided by an own goal and a penalty, which they scored the rebound of. Zimbabwe did take one of their few chances, scoring early in the second half, but never looked like they could mount a comeback. Eventually the Germans showed their quality. The Europeans will be very confident going into the game against Australia, hoping to guarantee their place in the knock out rounds. Zimbabwe can regroup and hope that they can still take their chances against Canada.
Canada and Australia proved to be the more interesting game. Within 20 seconds Beckie scored for Canada to break an Olympic record after some very poor defending from Australia. Zadorsky then fouled Heyman and was given a straight red for her efforts. At this moment you could imagine Australia would push for an equaliser, dominate possession and turn the game around. Simply, Australia’s finishing was horrendously poor, and certainly that’s an area they need to improve in for next game, they managed 16 shots, only three of which were on target. Canada managed more shots on target and they had one less player for 70 minutes.
Canada did well to sit back and absorb the pressure that they were under, then counter and hope to score, which is what happened near the end of the match when Sinclair rounded the keeper close to the halfway line and scored in an open goal. Australia will demand more from there team in the next game, they still have a chance to qualify if they win one of their games, and they need to find their shooting boots.
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