Australia teams fight for survival
With Sydney 2000 well and truly launched after a spectacular opening ceremony in the main stadium on Friday evening, the Olympic Football Tournaments continue on Saturday with both the Australian men’s and women’s teams in action in the Olympic city.
The Matildas take on Sweden in a match they have to win to keep their hopes alive for a place in the semi-finals, while the men face a similar situation against the 1996 gold-medallists, Nigeria. The Sydney Football Stadium is sold out for the Aussie double-header.
The day’s other double-header is in Canberra. First, the German and Brazilian women will seek to repeat their impressive victories from their first matches, then the US men try to improve on their first-round draw when they meet a Cameroon team with three points already secure.
Italy and Honduras promise to serve up a connoisseur’s feast in Adelaide, the Italians sure of plenty of support in a city with a large Italian population, and the central Americans looking to capitalise on their fine opening draw against Nigeria. In Brisbane, Kuwait meet the Czech Republic in another game that neither team can afford to lose.