Zambia striker, Barbra Banda was the shining light for Zambia as they lost 10-3 to Netherlands; while Sweden recorded a comprehensive victory over the reigning World Champions, USA in the opening round of the Olympic women’s football event.
The Copper Queens forward marked her Olympic debut with a hat trick, making her the first female African player to score three goals in a single match at the Olympics.
Meanwhile Vivianne Miedema went one better scoring four of her team’s 10 goals while Lieke Martens got herself a brace.
Another shocking result on the opening day of the women’s football event was the USA losing 3-0 to Sweden in what was a completely dominant performance.
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The Swedes were dominant from the start creating good goal scoring opportunities which they failed to take until the 25 minute when Stina Blackstenius opened the scoring off a header from close range.
The World Champions made some changes at halftime but it was the Swedes who doubled their lead and eventually went on to add a third as all efforts to find the back of the net for the USA proved futile.
Olympic women’s football event full-time results.
Great Britain 2-0 Chile
Japan 1-1 Canada
China 0-5 Brazil
Zambia 3-10 Netherlands
Sweden 3-0 USA
Australia 2-1 New Zealand