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Posted 31st July 2012, 22:19 in
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Olympic Quarter-Final Line-Up Confirmed

France, Japan and Sweden join Brazil, GB & USA in the last eight, while Canada and New Zealand also go through as best third-placed teams.

Great Britain 1-0 Brazil

A truly great start for Britain as Karen Carney did well to find Steph Houghton, who nicked the ball away from the keeper and netted from a tight angle in the first 2 minutes. Cristiane threatened in particular for Brazil but the closest they came was when Renata Costs forced Alex Scott to head against the outside of her own post.

The chance to double the lead fell to Kelly Smith early in the second half after Eniola Aluko was brought down but Andreia saved well in front of over 70,000 fans at Wembley Stadium.

New Zealand 3-1 Cameroon

New Zealand beat Cameroon 3-1 at Coventry City to stay in the competiton at the opponents expense. Rebecca Smith broke the deadlock 2 minutes before the break and Ysis Sonkeng conceded an own-goal 4 minutes after the restart. Sarah Gergorious sealed the victory with the third on 62 minutes, with Gabrielle Onguene then getting a consolation goal.

Canada 2-2 Sweden

Canada recovered a two-goal deficit to tie with Sweden at St.James's Park. Marie Hammarstrom got a foot in front of Wilkinson to turn home a cross on 14 minutes and seconds after provided a fine cross that beat keeper Erin McLeod and was turned in by Sofia Jakobsson.

Melissa Tancredi half-volleyed a Wilkinson cross into the top corner just before the break. With just 7 minutes left on the clock, Tancredi got between two defenders to nod home Christine Sinclair's cross to send the Canucks' bench jumping for joy, including Newcastle-born Coach John Goodman. The point was enough to edge his side through as one of the two best third-placed teams.

Japan 0-0 South Africa

South Africa ended their tournament on a high, by holding reigning World Cup champions Japan to a goalless draw at the Millenium Stadium. Karina Maruyama and Kozue Ando were both denied by Thokozile Mndaweni, while Portia Modise fired narrowly over from long distance at the other end. Chances were even fewer in the second half, with Japan none too concerned about the win.

USA 1-0 North Korea

Alex Morgan forced a smart save from O Chan Ran saved and was also denied by the post in the first 15 minutes in front of 30,000 at Old Trafford. But after 25 minutes, it was Morgan who set up Abby Wambach to sidefoot home what turned out to be the game's only goal. The USA therefore topped the group with three straight wins. The Koreans attempts to nick an important point were perhaps ended with a seconed caution for Choe Mi Gyong in the last 10 minutes.

France 1-0 Colombia

France finished second in Group G with a single goal win over Colombia in the second match of the day in Newcastle. Elodie Thomis again made the difference for Les Bleues but this time in the starting eleven she only took 4 minutes to get the only goal, Lousa Necib with the perfectly timed and weighted ball through. Colombian keeper Sandra Sepulveda kept her side in the game but ultimately they are now on their way home.

It had been a difficult night for the Columbians, who lost Catalina Usme before half time to a knee injury, substitute Melissa Ortiz with a dislocated shoulder and Ingrid Vidal later required hospital treatment for dehydration.

How they finished:

Group E        L   Pts
Great Britain 3 3 0 0 7 0 9
Brazil 3 2 0 1 4 1 6
New Zealand 3 1 0 2 3 3 3
Cameroon 3 0 0 3 1 11 0
Group F       L   Pts
Sweden 3 1 2 0 6 3 5
Japan 3 1 2 0 2 1 5
Canada 3 1 1 1 6 4 4
South Africa 3 0 1 2 1 7 0
Group G       Pts
USA 3 3 0 0 8 2 9
France 3 2 0 1 8 4 6
North Korea 3 1 0 2 2 6 3
Colombia 3 0 0 3 0 6 0


Friday August 3rd
Sweden v France (Hampden Park, 12:00)
USA v New Zealand (Newcastle Utd FC, 2.30)
Brazil v Japan (Millenium Stadium, 5pm)
Great Britain v Canada (Coventry City FC, 7.45)

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