Brazil got off to a winning start in their home Olympics on Wednesday when the women’s soccer team defeated China 3-0 in Rio de Janeiro.
Although, the opening ceremony doesn’t take place till Friday, the soccer competitions began ahead of time with six matches on Wednesday and eight men’s matches taking place today (Thursday). Brazil put in a commanding performance in front of their home crowd at the Olympic stadium in Rio. Defender Monica opened the scoring on 35 minutes with a headed goal, this was followed by a well taken volley from Andressa Alves just before the hour mark. Cristiane got the third goal of the game in the final minute of the game.
The result leaves them top of group E ahead of Sweden who beat South Africa 1-0 in their opening game. Nilla Fischer grabbing the only goal of the game on 73 minutes for the Swedes. She bundled the ball to the net with her knee after the South African keeper failed to hold on to a cross.
In the second game in group F Canada beat Australia 2-0 in spite of playing most of the game with 10 women. Canada got the first goal after just 16 seconds and then added another 10 minutes from time even though they had Shelina Zadorsky sent off after 18 minutes. Germany hammered Zimbabwe 6-1, with Melanie Behringer scoring twice for the Germans. The Germans were 2-0 up at half time before they moved up a gear and ended up easy winner in Sao Paulo.
The United Stated defeated New Zealand 2-0 thanks to a goal in each half from Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan. The final game of the night seen France hammer Columbia 4-0 in Belo Horizonte.
The men’s competition begins today, with eight games including Brazil against South Africa and Mexico versus Germany.