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Christen Press celebrates her goal with teammates during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Saitama Stadium in Saitama. Photo: Ayaka Naito / AFP

The U.S. women's national soccer team beat New Zealand on Saturday in a must-win game for their second appearance of the Tokyo Olympics.

The big picture: Following a stunning defeat to Sweden in the first match of the Olympics, the U.S. team rebounded Saturday, easing past New Zealand with a final score of 6-1 and dominating possession — a 180-degree turnaround from the U.S. team's first performance in the tournament.

Driving the news: Rose Lavelle started the scoring, finishing off of a pass from Tobin Heath in the ninth minute.

  • Lindsey Horan also scored in the first half off of a header.
  • The scoring continued in the second half, with an own-goal by a New Zealand player, a finish from Christen Press and another from Alex Morgan. One final own-goal finished the game in stoppage time.

What's next: The U.S. team plays Australia on Tuesday in the final round of the group stage, providing a chance to gain momentum ahead of the knockout rounds.

View from inside the stadium from Axios' Ina Fried:
Photo: Ina Fried
Photo: Ina Fried
Photo: Ina Fried

Go deeper: U.S. women's soccer team seeks redemption on Olympic stage

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Oct 12, 2021 - Podcasts

Social media is having a Big Tobacco moment

Senators at the Facebook hearing last week used an analogy we’ve all heard before — Big Tech is having a Big Tobacco moment. Are the harmful effects of social media sites like Facebook and Instagram that clear cut?

Axios Re:Cap talks with Axios’ chief technology correspondent Ina Fried about how Big Tech compares to Big Tobacco.

Oct 11, 2021 - Health

New Zealand announces vaccine mandates for health and education workers

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern during a news conference at Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand, on Monday. Photo: Robert Kitchin - Pool/Getty Images

New Zealand officials announced Monday that COVID-19 vaccines would soon be mandatory for most workers in the education and health sectors.

Why it matters: The country is battling an outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant, with Auckland the epicenter. NZ's most populous city has been under lockdown restrictions since August.

California governor declares drought emergency for entire state

California Gov. Gavin Newsom speakinng to reporters in Los Angeles in September. Photo: Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) extended a drought emergency declaration to cover the entire state on Tuesday.

Why it matters: "California is experiencing its worst drought since the late 1800s, as measured by both lack of precipitation and high temperatures," per a statement from the governor's office. This past August was the driest and hottest one on record, "and the water year that ended last month was the second driest on record," the statement added.