(Aug. 4, 2016) - The Opening Ceremonies for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil may not be until Friday night, but the Olympics are well underway with the women’s soccer tournament kicking things off Wednesday.
Sweden and South Africa opened the Olympic Games, and it took until the 75th minute to see the first and only goal of the match. Sweden’s Nilla Fischer scored what held up as the game-winner.
Canada and Australia followed and the game produced the fastest goal in Olympics history. Canada’s Janine Beckie scored just 19 seconds into the match. Captain Christine Sinclair tallied a late goal to give Canada a 2-0 win over The Matildas.
Host nation Brazil dominated China in their opening match, taking a 3-0 victory. Monica, Andressa Alves, and Cristiane each scored for Brazil.
As expected, Germany trounced newcomers Zimbabwe. In the 6-1 win, Melanie Behringer scored twice. The Germans took a 2-0 lead on goals by Sara Dabritz and Alexandra Popp before Zimbabwe pulled one back courtesy of a goal by Kudakwashe Basopo. Goals by Behringer and Melanie Leupolz, and an own goal, accounted for the 6-1 final.
The U.S. easily handled New Zealand in a 2-0 win. Captain Carli Lloyd opened the scoring for the defending gold medalists. Alex Morgan added a goal in the second half for U.S.
France and Colombia rounded out the day, and the French dismantled their counterparts. An own goal in the second minute was followed 12 minutes later by a goal from Eugenie LeSommer. Camille Abily added one before halftime for the 3-0 lead. In the second half, Amel Majri scored on a free kick for France.
Play resumes for all teams on Saturday.