July 28, 2012
WOMEN'S OLYMPIC ROUNDUP
Great Britain, Brazil clinch quarterfinal slots
Besides the United States, two teams clinched quarterfinals at the Olympic women's soccer tournament on Saturday -- Great Britain and Brazil.
GREAT BRITAIN 3, CAMEROON 0
Great Britian clinched a spot in the Olympic quarterfinals, registering a 3-0 victory over Cameroon in a Group E in Cardiff, Wales on Wednesday.
The British (2-0-0, six points) will face Brazil at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday to determine the Group E winner.
Captain Casey Stoney gave GB (2-0-0, six) all the scoring it needed in the 18th minute. Jill Scott doubled the lead five minutes later before Stephanie Houghton, who scored the game-winner in the victory over New Zealand, added a third goal in the 82nd minute against Cameroon (0-2-0, none).
BRAZIL 1, NEW ZEALAND 0
Cristiane extended her Olympic record goal total to 12 as she scored late in the Group E match to guarantee the Brazilians a spot in the knockout round in Cardiff, Wales.
The Brazilian tallied in the 86th minute after goalkeeper Jenny Bidon punched away an attempt.
It was New Zealand's second consecutive 1-0 defeat while Brazil improved to 2-0-0 and six points.
"New Zealand are a very good team. Very organized," Cristiane said. "It is very difficult to create chances against them. This is something we knew. Nobody said any of these matches at the Olympics were going to be easy."
CANADA 3, SOUTH AFRICA 0
Christine Sinclair scored twice in the second half after Melissa Tancredi gave the Canadians (1-1-0, three) the lead in the sixth minute in the Group F game against the winless Africans (0-2-0, none) in Coventry.
"All credit to the girls. They did their job," Canada coach John Herdman said. "Iím very happy with the performance but just wish we could have got another goal as it could have helped us later in the competition."
Sinclair found the back of the net in the 57th and 86th minutes.
"You can contain her for a period of time and when she's on, she's on," Herdman said. "I think that's the mark of truly great players, some days they're just unstoppable."
"Melissa Tancredi is scoring goals around her and I think that's taken a little bit of weight off Christine's shoulders."
FRANCE 5, NORTH KOREA 0
The French (1-1-0, three) bounced back from an opening 4-2 defeat to the U.S. as five players scored at Hampden Park. They need only a tie against Colombia on Tuesday in Newcastle to clinch a quarterfinal spot. The North Koreans fell to 1-0-1 and four points.
Laura Georges, Elodie Thomis, Marie-Laure Delie, Wendie Renard and Camille Catala tallied for the winners.
JAPAN 0, SWEDEN 0
The defending Women's World Cup champions were held to a scoreless draw by the Swedes in a Group F game in Coventry. The Japanese moved to 1-0-1 and four points, as did Sweden.
After a slow first half, both teams found themselves in the second half. Swedish goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl made two quick saves on Nahomi Kawasumi and Yuki Ogini to preserve the draw.