Tokyo Olympics - Preview: USA stand in the way of Australian target
Ibaraki: Australia’s Tokyo Olympics women’s football odyssey will come to an end on Thursday, with the result of their match against the United States to determine whether the Matildas depart Japan with their nation’s first ever football medal at the Games.
Tony Gustavsson’s side had their sights set on gold after their epic 4-3 quarter-final victory of Great Britain, but a hard-fought 1-0 defeat to title favourites Sweden means they must now conquer the reigning FIFA Women’s World Cup winners to avoid leaving empty handed.
Tokyo Olympics: Japan need to be sharper against Mexico to win bronze, admits Moriyasu
Ibaraki: Hajime Moriyasu acknowledged his Japan team needs to improve in front of goal if they are bounce back from the disappointment of their Tokyo Olympics Men's Football semi-final defeat against Spain on Tuesday and claim the country’s first medal in 53 years.
Marco Asensio scored the only goal of the game deep into the second period of extra-time to leave Japan facing the prospect of a bronze medal match against Mexico at Saitama Stadium on Friday.
Tokyo Olympics: Australia’s Gustavsson looks forward to “unfinished business” against USA
Yokohama: A disappointed Tony Gustavsson will turn his focus to Australia’s bronze medal match against the United States, after their bid for Olympic gold was ended by a 1-0 semi-final defeat to Sweden on Monday.
The Matildas had a 42nd-minute Sam Kerr goal disallowed before Fridolina Rolfo struck the decisive blow in the first minute of the second half, taking the unbeaten Swedes through to Friday’s gold medal decider against Canada.
Tokyo Olympics: Australia will be ready for United States, vows Kerr
Yokohama: It was only 10 minutes since the final whistle had blown on Australia’s narrow 1-0 loss to Sweden in the Tokyo Olympics Women’s Football Tournament semi-finals when Sam Kerr explained that it was all still too “fresh” for her to look ahead to the next game – but then the 27-year-old changed her mind: “We know that we’re a special team and we know that we can do something special. Now is the time.
"We won’t be happy coming home empty handed. Unless we go home with something around our neck, it’s going to be a disappointment for us. We have a bronze medal we can still win.”
Japan international Yoshinori Muto has parted company with English Premier League side Newcastle United after the striker’s contract was cancelled by mutual consent.
Muto, who was a member of the Japan squad that reached the final of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates, leaves Newcastle after three years of a four-year contract signed upon his arrival from German side Mainz 05.