Olympic recap Day 2: U.S. advances, Australia nearly defeats Germany

(Aug. 7, 2016) - The second day of group stage action at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio saw the Games’ first draw, which almost was a near-upset, the U.S. Women’s National Team moving on to the knockout round, and the host nation dominating one of the top teams in Europe.

(Aug. 7, 2016)The second day of group stage action at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio saw the Games’ first draw, which almost was a near-upset, the U.S. Women’s National Team moving on to the knockout round, and the host nation dominating one of the top teams in Europe.


Via Fifa.com…

The game between two-time world champions Germany and the Canadians promises to deliver plenty of excitement. While the hosts of the last FIFA Women’s World Cup™ already have two wins and a spot in the last eight under their belts, the Germans will be seeking to set their disappointment aside after a draw with Australia in their second group match prevented them from securing early passage to the next round. Only victory will be enough to seal top spot in Group F for a team whose coach, Silvia Neid, is contesting her final tournament in charge of Die Mannschaft. History favours the reigning European champions, who have won all of the two teams’ previous 12 meetings in all competitions.

The other matches

Brazil will go into their match in Manaus as clear favourites against a South Africa side already packing their bags to head home. The South Americans sent a clear statement of intent to their rivals by defeating Sweden 5-1 in a show of strength. Although the second Group E encounter between Sweden and China PR will then determine who joins the Brazilians in the last eight, the losers of this match will still hope to join their rivals in the next round as one of the two best third-placed teams.

Having secured their own quarter-final place with two victories from their opening two games, world and Olympic champions USA meet bottom-placed Colombia in their last Group G tie. Attention then turns to the duel between France and New Zealand, with both teams chasing three points and a berth in the last eight.

Awaiting Australia on the final matchday in Group F are tournament debutants Zimbabwe, who will go into the game aiming to become one of the two best third-placed sides. The Matildas will also travel to Salvador full of confidence in their wake of their 2-2 draw with Germany.


The U.S. got a goal from Carli Lloyd in the 63rd minute. It was the only goal the U.S. needed to defeat France. Hope Solo, playing in her 200th match, made several key stops to earn her 102nd career shutout.

Australia held a 2-1 lead against European giants Germany up until the very end, but the Germans struck in the 88th minute, getting a goal from veteran Saskia Bartusiak. Australia took a 2-1 lead into the second half courtesy of goals by Sam Kerr and Caitlin Foord.

Host nation Brazil trounced Sweden, 5-1, getting two goals each from Marta and Beatriz and one from Cristiane, her 14th Olympic goal, which sets a record. Lotta Schelin scored a late goal for Sweden. In other action, Canada got past Zimbabwe, 3-1. Janine Beckie scored twice and captain Christine Sinclair scored the other goal for Canada, which led, 3-0, at the half. Zimbabwe’s Mavis Chirandu scored in the 86th minute. China beat South Africa, 2-0, and New Zealand squeaked past Colombia, 1-0.

Play resumes Tuesday with teams battling it out to advance to the knockout round.

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