The women's Olympic football tournament has kicked off the
competition at the Beijing Games with some surprises. As VOA's Jim
Stevenson reports from the Chinese capital, tournament favorites came
away with opening round disappointments.
Norway blasted the top
ranked United States team with two quick goals in the first four
minutes of their Group G contest Wednesday in Qinhuangdao. Leni Larsen
Kaurin headed in the first score in the second minute before Melissa
Wiik followed with a powerful shot from the right side in the fourth
Also in the group, Japan and New Zealand played to a 2-2
draw. That result gives the U.S. women hope of advancing to the next
round despite their loss.
In a rematch of last year's Women's
World Cup final, champion Germany and Brazil played to a scoreless draw
(0-0). Both of the tournament favorites were hoping to squeeze out a
victory from the very physical game in Shenyang. North Korea meanwhile
defeated Nigeria, 1-0, to take the early lead in Group F.
Group E, host China got off to a winning start in Tianjin with a 2-1
decision over Sweden. Canada topped Argentina by that same 2-1 score.
Candace Chapman scored in the 27th minute. Canadian teammate Kara Lang
found the net in the 72nd minute before Argentina scored late.
first round continues on Saturday and concludes Tuesday. The women's
tournament ends August 21 at Workers Stadium in Beijing with the bronze
and gold medal games.