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China PR Women expensive Brazil Women Wednesday on the opening day of Group F at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, with the match to be played at the Miyagi Stadium in Rifu.
Brazil has been a ubiquitous team at the Olympics since women’s football was introduced in 1996, and China has been to all but one Olympics, missing out on London 2012.
China qualified for this summer’s Olympics alongside Australia, and Japan automatically entered the competition as the host nation, through the AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament, organized by the Asian Football Confederation.
The team finished second in their group in Brazil five years ago, but lost to eventual winner Germany in the quarter-finals, meaning they couldn’t match their best performance at an Olympics.
In their first appearance at the 1996 Olympics, China won a silver medal after losing to hosts the United States in Georgia.
Manager Jia Xiuquan He has been in charge of China since 2018, but only managed a round of 16 final at the 2019 World Cup in France, his first World Cup outing in his seven appearances.
China hasn’t played any friendlies since April, but their opponents hosted two warm-up matches on Wednesday last month in preparation for this summer.
Brazil defeated Russia 3-0 before a goalless draw with Canada ended their friendlies last Wednesday.
Against Russia, a double from the defender Bruna Benites and a late strike of Andressa sealed the 3-0 victory for Pia Sundhagefrom the side.
Brazil is always regarded as a strong contender for a medal at the Olympics, having won two silver medals in 2004 and 2008, and continuously reached the semi-final stage, except for the tournament in 2012.
The South American team would have hoped to achieve more at their home tournament five years ago when they finished fourth, after losing to Sweden on penalties in the semi-final and being defeated by Canada in the bronze medal match.
Captain of Brazil Martha She has won the FIFA World Player of the Year award six times and gives her nation great hope in any tournament after scoring 109 goals in 159 appearances for her country.
The captain of the China team this summer is the midfielder Wang Shuang, who has scored 30 times in 106 appearances for his country and has Olympic experience since 2016.
Wang Shanshan He is expected to lead the line for Xiauquan’s team on Wednesday, posing a major goal threat after having scored 49 goals in 141 international matches.
Wu haiyan provides defensive stability in the rear of China, and will use his 124 caps as experience to protect Peng Shimeng in goal.
OL Reign’s Angelina was a late addition to Brazil’s squad after replacing fellow midfielder Adriana, who had to retire due to injury.
Brazil has a recent Champions League winner in their ranks, at age 18 Giovana plays for Barcelona, who beat Chelsea 4-0 in the May final.
Possible starting line-up for Women’s PR China:
Shimeng; Haiyan, Guiping, Yuping, Xiaoxue; Shuang, Xin, Yan, Lina; Shanshan, man
Possible starting lineup of Brazil Women:
Barbara; Tamires, Rafaelle, Erika, Benites; Doubt, Julia, Formiga; Marta, Debinha, Beatriz
Correct Score: China PR Women 0-2 Brazil Women
Brazil have kept two clean sheets in their two warm-up friendlies and that should have built a good base to build on before hitting the Olympics.
China will be a tough challenge for Brazil as they have a lot of experience in their team, however the quality of Marta and her national teammates should be enough to beat China on Wednesday.
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