Sylvia Escuerto / A.P.
TOKYO – The United States won a tough match against the Netherlands at the Olympics, which went into extra time and penalty kicks. This means they will advance to the semifinals.
The score was even after 30 minutes of extra time in the tough game. In brisk penalty kicks, all four American players scored, ending with team captain Megan Robinho. Two of the four attempts from the Dutch were blocked by American goalie Alyssa Nair.
The United States is trying to become the first World Women’s World Cup champion to win Olympic gold.
The Netherlands, ranked 4th in the world, is the European champion and finished second to the United States in the 2019 World Cup.
Dutch forward Viviane Midema scored the first goal 18 minutes into the first half, but the American team responded quickly.
Ten minutes later, American midfielder Samantha Mewis scored with a diving header, deeded by teammate Lynn Williams. Three minutes later Williams scored his own goal.
In the second half, Midema scored again with a goal in the 54th minute, leveling the score. The 30-minute extra time without a score led to a penalty kick round.
The team’s start so far in the games has been uneven. The team lost the match 3-0 to its long-time rival Sweden. The Americans then easily beat New Zealand 6-1 in a scoreless draw against Australia.
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