A good night for South America
It was a good night for South America as Brazil and Chile both registered convincing victories on the second day of matches at the men's Olympic Football Tournament in Australia, but the teams from the co-hosting countries of the 2002 FIFA World Cup experienced different fortunes.
Brazil - whose male teams have won everything FIFA has to offer except the Olympic gold - came from a 0-1 deficit to beat the resilient Slovakians in Brisbane, while in Melbourne Chile's star striker Ivan Zamorano helped himself to a hat-trick in a slightly flattering 4-1 margin over a Morocco team reduced to ten men for most of the match.
Japan also overcame an early setback to prolong their unbeaten run in dismissing South Africa in Canberra, 2-1, while their Asian colleagues, Korea Republic, met the full force of Spain's ambitions as the Europeans ran out comfortable 3-0 winners.
In the women's tournament, relief was written all over the faces of the reigning Olympic champions from the United States after two goals in the first half hour in Melbourne secured them the points against their old rivals from Norway. In Canberra, It took the exploits of China's outstanding Sun Wen to help make the difference in a 3-1 opening win against the constantly improving Nigerians.