Source: Pedro Vilela/Getty Images Rio 2016

Rio 2016 – Women’s Football

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Although the official Opening Ceremony hasn’t taken place yet, the Women’s football kicked off on Wednesday and hosts Brazil gave the home crowd a lot to cheer about with their 3-0 win over China.

Canada v Australia Rio 2016

Canada v Australia (Photo: Alexandra Schneider/Getty Images Rio 2016)

Canada got their Olympic campaign off to a great start with a convincing win over Australia. They also made Olympic history when Janine Beckie scored their first goal after just 19 seconds. It was a game that featured almost everything with the Australian team losing a player to a red card and Beckie also missing a second half penalty but the Maple Leafs went on to win 2-0.

It will be interesting to see how the Matildas bounce back from this loss when they face Germany on Saturday, while the German team will be full of confidence after a dominant performance against Zimbabwe, where they found the back of the net six times to run out 6-1 winners.

Tournament favourites USA beat New Zealand 2-0 and France overwhelmed Colombia with a 4-0 win. While South Africa will have it all to do on Saturday after a 1-0 loss to Sweden.

[It is incredibly sad that the GB team don’t feature in this competition and it seems almost inexplicable when other codes have found an easy solution to the dilemma faced by home nations that the various FAs cannot come to a similar agreement.  Of course its no skin off the noses of the men in blazers but the hard-working footballers, for whom this could have been the pinnacle of their career, all lose out.  For any athlete to represent their country at the Olympics must be an awesome achievement and to have the possibility taken away by politics is shameful.]

Details of the Pools, fixtures and results are below:

Rio 2016 Olympics – Women’s football

Pool E: Brazil, Sweden, South Africa, China

Pool F: Germany, Canada, Australia, Zimbabwe

Pool G: France, USA, New Zealand, Colombia

Fixtures and Results:

3 August 2016

Group E

Brazil Women  3-0 China Women

Sweden Women 1-0 South Africa Women

Group F

Canada Women 2-0 Australia Women

Zimbabwe Women 1-6 Germany  Women

Group G

USA Women 2-0 New Zealand Women

France Women 4-0 Colombia Women

Saturday 6th August 2016

Group E

South Africa Women 0-2 China Women

Group F

Canada Women 3-1 Zimbabwe Women

Germany Women 2-2 Australia Women

Group G

USA Women 1-0 France Women

Sunday 7th August 2016

Group E

Brazil Women 5-1 Sweden Women 02:00

Group G

Colombia Women 0-1 New Zealand Women

Tuesday 9th August 2016

Group F

Australia Women 6-1 Zimbabwe Women

Germany Women 1-2 Canada Women

Group G

Colombia Women 2-2 USA Women

New Zealand Women 0-3 France Women

Wednesday 10th August 2016

Group E

China Women 0-0 Sweden Women

South Africa Women 0-0 Brazil Women

Women’s Olympic Football – Quarter Finals

Friday 12th August 2016

USA 1-1 Sweden     AET – Sweden win on penalties

China PR 0-1 Germany

Canada 1-0 France

Saturday 13th August 2016

Brazil 0-0 Australia      AET Brazil win on penalties

Tuesday 16th August 2016

Women’s Olympic Football – Semi-Final

Brazil v Sweden    17:00

Canada v Germany    20:00

Friday 19th August 2016

Women’s Olympic Football – Bronze Medal Match

3rd Place Play Off 2 v 3rd Place Play Off 1               17:00

Women’s Olympic Football – Gold Medal Match

Finalist 2 v Finalist 1         21:30