Sweden beat an ambitious Japan 1-0 on Sunday, at the Olympics women hockey opener in Sochi.
Sweden’s captain Jenni Asserholt deflected a shot into the net for a first-period goal and Sweden held on to beat Japan 1-0. Valentina Wallner stopped 19 shots for the blue-and-yellows.
Nana Fujimoto made 22 saves for Japan. The country had not qualified for the Olympics in women’s hockey since the sport was added to the Winter Games in Nagano in 1998, the international press reports.
The Swedish hockey team is the only one who managed to defeat some of women’s hockey best teams, the United States and Canada’s, in the Olympics. In 2006, Sweden shocked the United States 3-2 in the semifinals and won a silver medal.
However, the Swedes have struggled lately, falling into the second-tier Group B that will have to compete for two spots in the quarterfinals.
The Winter Olympics in Sochi have started on February 7 and will end on February 23. A total of 98 events in 15 winter sport disciplines are being held during the Olympic Games, including biathlon mixed relay, women’s ski jumping, mixed-team figure skating, mixed-team luge, half-pipe skiing, ski and snowboard slopestyle, and snowboard parallel slalom.