Netherlands celebrate their 8-2 win over China.

United Women duo learn Olympics quarter-final fate

Wednesday 28 July 2021 10:43

Manchester United Women's representation in the Tokyo Olympics football tournament will continue, after the group stage came to a close on Tuesday.

Jackie Groenen played the full 90 minutes as the Netherlands upped their group-stage goal tally to a whopping 21, with an 8-2 thrashing of China.

The Oranje led 3-1 at the break, thanks to Shanice van de Sanden's opener and a double from Lineth Beerensteyn. Lieke Martens and Vivianne Miedema added further braces in the second half, while Victoria Pelova also got on the scoresheet.

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There was VAR controversy in Yokohama when Ivory Coast faced one of the tournament favourites.

The win ensured Sarina Wiegman's side top Group F on goal difference from Brazil, but they now face a stern test in the quarter-finals, which will be played on Friday 30 July.

The Nissan Stadium in Yokohama will host a rematch of the 2019 Women's World Cup final, as the Netherlands aim to get revenge over the world champions United States, who beat them 2-0 in France.

Great Britain - with Ella Toone in the squad - will take on Australia in Kashima, after they secured the draw they needed with Canada to finish first in Group E.

Nichelle Prince deflected Caroline Weir's long-range effort into her own net on 85 minutes, levelling the scores after Adriana Leon's opener.

Toone was an unused substitute but will hope to be involved on Friday, as Team GB aim to better the quarter-final finish they managed at the London Olympics nine years ago.

QUARTER-FINAL LINE-UP

Canada v Brazil (09:00 BST)
Great Britain v Australia (10:00 BST)
Sweden v Japan (11:00 BST)
Netherlands v USA (12:00 BST)

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