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Football Ferns beaten 2-1 by Australia in Olympics opener

Australia opened the Olympic women's football tournament with a 2-1 victory over New Zealand this morning.

New Zealand's CJ Bott, left, and Australia's Caitlin Foord battle for the ball during a women's soccer match at the 2020 Summer Olympics. Source: Associated Press

Matilda's Tameka Yallop scored in the 20th minute and Sam Kerr added her goal in the 33rd to put Australia up before halftime. Australia, ranked No. 9 in the world, are playing in their fifth Olympics.

New Zealand, ranked No. 22, narrowed the gap with Gabi Rennie's goal in stoppage time.

Australia have advanced to the Olympic quarterfinals twice, including at the 2016 Games. Fourteen players from that team are in the Tokyo squad.

This is New Zealand's fourth Olympics. The Ferns are led by Tom Sermanni, the former coach of Australia and the US national team.

New Zealand's best Olympic showing was a quarterfinals appearance in 2012.

The group stage continues tomorrow with New Zealand set to play the US, while Australia meet Sweden in Saitama.

Earlier today, the Swedes upset the Americans 3-0 at Tokyo Stadium.