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Team Great Britain beats Chile 2-0 in women’s Olympic football

Tean GB vs Chile
Tean GB vs Chile

Tean GB vs Chile.[Credit/the guardian.com]

It is a win for Team GB after their successful game where they have outshined Chile. That has been acquired at an empty stadium in Sapporo, Japan.

The hotly contested football match has begun two days prior to the grand opening ceremony in Tokyo.

Moreover, team Great Britain players have emerged as the first of a 376-strong team to represent the nation.

One of the players that have shined bright in the game is Manchester City’s striker named Ellen White. The football sensation scored on either side of the break. That resulted in team GB being out ahead in Group E.

After 18 minutes of the game, a City teammate named Lauren Hemp kept the ball in play at the back post for White to poke in the opener.

Nevertheless, the game went on to turn hot as defender Lucy Bronze then flicked it past the defender and picked out White. White had an acrobatic overhead kick that made it 2-0 later in the second half.

Team GB got lucky and got off to the perfect start in Sapporo. This is the perfect time when the women’s football team made their first Olympics appearance in London in 2012.

On to the progress of the Team GB and Chile hyped game, Hege Riise had a part to play. Hedges’ side dominated possession and created a series of chances.

According to reports, GB top the group before hosts’ Japan’s opening game against Canada (11:30 BST kick-off).

“They took the knee prior to kick-off to highlight discrimination and racial injustice, a gesture that was reciprocated by the entire Chile team.”

White, who is an England striker has had an admired career in football. She was part of the team that reached the quarter-finals nine years ago.

Additionally, she scored her first two goals at the games as team GB resulted in Chile’s attacking problems.

As reported by BBC News, “Hemp, 20, was given the nod ahead of Arsenal’s Nikita Parris and was a nuisance throughout, driving at the full-back and often dragging across a second defender. The majority of GB’s most promising attacks came from Hemp out wide, while Bronze provided further the width on the overlap from right-back.”

At the central midfield was Scotland’s icon Kim Little. She entirely dictated play while Chelsea midfielder Sophie Ingle joined in late as a substitute.

Sophie marked the first female Wales footballer to represent Team Great Britain at the Olympics.

According to reports, team GB’s next game will be against hosts Japan on Saturday, 24 July in Sapporo.

Moreover, there were several views after the game. Some of the views were that Team GB should be in a position to at least hunt for a medal. The views were expressed by former England international named Sue Smith, who was talking on BBC two.

Other commentaries were;

“The midfield three were great. Little controlled and dictated the game and her ability to scan as the ball is on the move is excellent. She constantly has her head moving and she can beat pressure. The connections in midfield were really good – I really liked the balance of the team.”

Tean GB vs Chile

Team GB vs Chile.[Credit/independent.co.ke]

Views went on to be aired. Others had it that Little could be the key player in the tournament. She has been described as an influential player. Similar sentiments were echoed regarding White.

“White is also going to be key in this team. They haven’t got many options in that position so she needs to be scoring goals.”

The games kick start amid strict Covid-19 rules that have been put across to prevent further spreading.

The pandemic has resulted in many high-profile players withdrawing having contracted Covid-19. However, other players have cited that the measures put across are too strict thus opting to pull out of the Olympics.

The Olympics are set to begin on 23rd June and end at 7th August after being postponed from last year due to the strike of the pandemic.

Additionally, fans have been secluded from the fields, again to prevent the further spread of the virus.

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