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New Zealand vs USWNT summary: score, goals and highlights, 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Soccer Football - Women - Group G - New Zealand v United States - Saitama Stadium, Saitama, Japan - July 24, 2021. Alex Morgan of the United States celebrates scoring their fifth goal with teammates REUTERS/Molly Darlington

New Zealand vs USA: as it happened

A very tough night for New Zealand who were outclassed by the USA. Two first half goals and four second half goals sees the US move into second place in Group G.

FT: New Zealand 1-6 USA

Moore puts it in her own net and it's now six for the US.




There will be three minutes added-on.

New Zealand 1-5 USA

Morgan, not long off the bench, receives the ball in the box from a left wing cross, takes one touch and fires it home for her first of the Games. 




Press' goal has put the game to bed but the US are not finished here. The game has started to slow down with all the changes. 


USA double change

OFF Horan & Dunn

ON Macario & Krueger

New Zealand 1-4 USA

It's a superb fourth for the US

Christen Press makes it four with an excellent finish from the edge of the area. Ertz picks her out with a cross from the right, Press takes it down on her left knee, before firing a shot beyond Leat. 





New Zealand change

OFF Cleverley

ON Rennie

Group G, as things stand

1 | Sweden - 6 points

2 | Australia - 3 points

3 | USA - 3 points

4 | New Zealand - 0 points

New Zealand 1-3 USA


USA substitution

OFF Carli Lloyd

ON Alex Morgan 

Hassett scores for New Zealand after a defensive collapse from Dahlkemper allowed Satchell in to assist Hassett, who scored into an empty net. 



New Zealand pull one back



The US have dropped a gear in this half after running riot in the first. It's a long way back for New Zealand with just 20 minutes left on the clock. 


Double change for the USA

OFF Lavelle & Rapinoe

ON Mewis & Press


New Zealand change

ON Satchell

OFF Chance

New Zealand 0-3 USA


Horan crosses from the right. Lloyd heads it back across goal before Erceg heads it behind her and it unfortunately ends up in her own net. 


Erceg heads it into her own net...


The US knock it about nicely. Ertz plays in Carli Lloyd, who smashes a left-footed effort into the side netting. Good chance!


Ertz is down after a 50-50 challenge with New Zealand captain Riley. 


New Zealand have started well in the opening minutes of the second half. The US currently lead 2-0. 


New Zealand get us underway!

The players are back out on the pitch for the second half. 

HT: New Zealand 0-2 USA

The USA have been totally dominant here but it is somehow just 2-0 at half-time. New Zealand have had some chances on the break through striker Wilkinson but failed to convert.

New Zealand 0-2 USA


A goal straight off the training ground!

USA finally double their lead before the break after having the ball in the NZ goal five times. Ertz heads the corner back across goal and Horan is there to head home from close range. 



Wilkinson chance for New Zealand!

Super header by the striker after some fine passing play involving Cleverley and Bott. Wilkinson just can't direct her looping header on target. 


If New Zealand can take a 1-0 into half-time they will be both delighted and relieved. 


New Zealand withstand some more pressure. Daisy Cleverley wins the ball in the middle and plays it through the lines to Wilkinson. The US manage to regain possession. NZ captain Riley is now either down with cramp or is just having her hamstring stretched. Time will tell... 

The US have had the ball in the New Zealand net FIVE times so far, however, somehow it is just 1-0. 

Remarkably it is still only New Zealand 0-1 USA.


Horan scores!

It's flagged for offside AGAIN! The USA have now had four goals ruled out for offside and this one looks quite harsh on Horan. 


Rapinoe crosses from the left after beating Bott in a 1v1. Leat comes out to collect the cross-cum-shot. The USA are well on top now and New Zealand are struggling to get out of their own half. 


Rapinoe goal offside!

Rapinoe scores but incredibly, it's a third offside goal for the USA!

Lloyd was offside in the build-up. 1-0


It remains 1-0 to the US here as we approach the half-hour mark. They have been the better side but New Zealand have had a couple of decent chances and are still in the game. 


GOAL USA! (Offside)

Heath volleys home from 10 yards after some good work down the left by Dunn but the US have their second goal of the day ruled out for offside. 


Lloyd heads a cross back across the New Zealand goalline. Ertz charges into Moore as they tussle for the ball in the box and it's a free out. 


It has been a cracking opening 20 minutes here in Tokyo.

Lavelle buries her shot into the side netting from a very tight angle. She goes close to grabbing her second of the game. End to end stuff so far!


New Zealand chance!

Bott sends in a great cross from the right, Wilkinson rises highest to head just wide of the target. More positive play from New Zealand and Wilkinson's second effort of the match. 



Carli Lloyd lobs Leat with a fine finish but she is flagged for offside. Alex Morgan looks devastated on the bench!


Rapinoe's corner is fired into the box and looks like it is curling into the near post but Erceg gets a fine header away to clear the danger. Lively start for the USA, who are looking to win their first points at the Games.


New Zealand's free-kick from out on the left sails over the US backline but Erceg is offside. 

Lavelle scores her first ever Olympic goal

New Zealand 0-1 USA (Lavelle)

After a fine flick by Heath, Lavelle finds the near corner of the net and leaves Leat with no chance. 


Lavelle gives the US the lead inside 10 minutes.



USA take the lead


Wilkinson shoots!

Wilkinson's fine left-footed curler from the edge of the box is saved by Naeher in the US goal. 

The USA will certainly be hoping to take an early lead here and control the game after losing 3-0 against Sweden in their first Group G match on Wednesday at Tokyo Stadium in Japan.


Lavelle breaks through the middle and unleashes a shot that is eventually blocked by the New Zealand defence. 

Earlier today in Group G, Sweden won their second consecutive game of the tournament, beating Australia 4-2. 

Sweden currently top the group on six points. 

New Zealand are playing in all white from right to left. The USA are playing in their red and navy away kit.

Megan Rapinoe makes her first start of the Games for the US.

The USA get us underway! 

Time for the national anthems. The New Zealand anthem is up first.

The teams make their way onto the pitch!

Kick-off is in just under 10 minutes!

New Zealand

New Zealand lost their Group G opener 2-1 to Australia. 

The Aussies went on to lose 4-2 to group leaders Sweden on July 24.

Group G: Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, United States

24 July: Sweden 4-2 Australia

24 July: New Zealand vs United States, Saitama Stadium, Saitama, 8:30pm local time/7:30am

27 July: New Zealand vs Sweden, Miyagi Stadium, Rifu, 5pm local time/4am EDT

27 July: United States vs Australia, Kashima Stadium, Kashima, 5pm local time/4am EDT

Kick-off at the Saitama Stadium is just over 30 minutes away!


A general view inside the Saitama Stadium prior to the Women's First Round Group G match between Sweden and Australia on day one of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

(Photo by Francois Nel / Getty Images)

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The Saitama Stadium hosted four matches during the 2002 FIFA World Cup, including co-host Japan's first match against Belgium.

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