As it happened - Women's Olympic Soccer
Updated: Thursday, 26 Jul 2012 15:03Tap here to refresh
There were six matches throughout the evening as the women's Olympic soccer event got underway.
Team GB 1-0 New Zealand
USA 4-2 France
Japan 2-1 Canada
Cameroon 0-5 Brazil
Colombia 0-2 North Korea
Sweden 4-1 South Africa
The evening's other match was delayed when North Korea players left the pitch in protest after the South Korean flag was shown by mistake on the big screen as the they warmed up on the pitch prior to the match. However, after a lengthy delay, North Korea returned and saw off Colombia 2-0.
Sweden's women emphasised the gulf in class as they easily disposed of South Africa 4-1 after a first-half scoring spree in their Group F clash at the City of Coventry Stadium.
Sweden's skipper Nilla Fischer broke the deadlock after seven minutes although her shot from the edge of the box took a deflection off Refiloe Jane. And after 20 minutes Lisa Dahlkvist side-footed home a Hammarstrom centre to double Sweden's lead. Then 60 seconds later Lotta Schelin slipped the ball past South African keeper Roxanne Barker to make it 3-0.
Portia Modise reduced the arrears after 60 minutes with a spectacular long range chip over the head of Swedish keeper Hedvig Lindahl. But three minutes later Schelin converted a near post cross from Dahlkvist for her second goal.
Brazil went top of Group E as they opened their Olympic campaign in style with a comfortable 5-0 victory over tournament newcomers Cameroon at the Millennium Stadium. Early goals from Francielle and Renato Costa put Brazil in control, before captain Marta with a brace and substitute Cristiane sealed victory.
Alex Morgan scored twice as the US overcame France. The reigning Olympic champions looked in trouble at Glasgow's Hampden Park when Gaetane Thiney and Marie-Laure Delie handed France a 2-0 lead after 13 minutes. However, Abby Wambach's header and a cool finish from Morgan brought the score level before half-time and further goals from Carli Lloyd and Morgan early in the second half gave the Americans a deserved 4-2 victory.
The USA completed a remarkable comeback to prevail 4-2 against France, while Japan edged out Canada 2-1 in the other match to kick off at 5pm.
And the USA have completely turned things around against France. From trailing 2-0 during the first half, they've showed why they are strongly fancied to now lead 3-2 during the second half.
And so Team GB hold on for three minutes of injury time to register a deserved but hard-fought 1-0 victory.
USA have comeback strongly to draw level with France at half-time. It's 2-2 there now, while Japan lead Canada 2-0.
New Zealand are obviously playing with far more urgency now with the clock ticking down. And Amber Hearn comes very close to equalising. Her looping shot from the edge of the area is tipped over the bar by Bardsley. And Bardsley is there again to punch the corner clear. Three minutes of normal time remain.
New Zealand are denied at the other end when British 'keeper Karen Bardsley dives at the feet of Sarah Gregorius to deny her a shooting chance when through on goal. Gregorius then misses a golden opportunity minutes later when collecting in the box following an awful defensive mix-up, but her weak shot when clean through is saved again by Bardsley. 15 minutes of normal time remaining. Team GB 1-0 New Zealand.
Steph Houghton gives Britain a deserved lead. She strikes low and hard from a free kick just outside the box to give the Kiwi 'keeper no chance. Team GB 1-0 New Zealand.
USA, one of the favourites for gold, have made an awful start and trail France 2-0 already.
Eniola Aluko and Anita Asante came close to scoring for the home side in the first half, while forwards Kelly Smith and Eniola Aluko look dangerous, but a mixture of poor finishing and the goalkeeping of Kiwi Jenny Bindon has kept them at bay.
USA v France and Japan v Canada are now also underway.
HALF-TIME: Team GB 0-0 New Zealand
Team GB, playing in all-white against the Kiwis' all-black kit, have dominated the half completely and missed a lot of chances, while playing decent football. However the score remains 0-0 with three minutes of normal time left in the first half.
Because the soccer programmes for men and women do not fit easily into the tight Olympic schedule, the soccer competition begins before Friday's opening ceremony. Team GB are favourites for this match and have started the stronger.
The men's soccer tournament starts tomorrow.
And we're off. Team GB 0-0 New Zealand.
Team GB and New Zealand have finished their warm ups at the Millennium Stadium and the first match of the evening is about to get underway.