Team GB Olympics football

Toone and Groenen start Olympics with victories

Wednesday 21 July 2021 14:35

Ella Toone's Great Britain got off to a winning start at the 2020 Olympic Games with a comfortable 2-0 victory against Chile on Wednesday morning.

In the midday game, Jackie Groenen started for a Netherlands side that blew Zambia away, winning 10-3.

Toone was a late substitute for Team GB, playing their first game since London 2012. The side is mainly made up of English players, but it was the Scottish midfield pairing of Caroline Weir and particularly Kim Little who dominated the game, controlling it from the off.

21-year-old Toone was a 92nd-minute sub in Sapporo.

Ellen White scored the two goals for England, the first-half goal a header and the 73rd-minute strike a volley from a Lucy Bronze cross.

Great Britain's win puts them top of Group E, which also features tournament hosts Japan. The two sides face off in the second group match on Saturday 24 July.

Toone is likely to remain an option off the bench for most of the tournament, despite an excellent season for United in which she scored nine times in 21 WSL appearances. Great Britain manager Hege Riise initially selected Toone as a reserve for the squad.

Groenen (no.14) lines up pre-match for the Netherlands.

Meanwhile, Groenen made one assist in a thumping victory for the Netherlands at the Miyagi Stadium, where Arsenal striker Vivienne Miedema scored a first-half hat-trick.

The Dutch side are now comfortably top of Group F, with games against Brazil (Saturday 24 July) and China (Tuesday 27 July) to come.