Though a clutch of teams have already checked into the quarter-finals of the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament London 2012, all the other sides in the competition still have at least a mathematical chance of going through in Tuesday’s final round of group matches, where the two games in each of the three sections will be played simultaneously.
FIFA.com looks ahead to a decisive day as the battle for gold continues.
Match of the day
Great Britain-Brazil, London, 19:45 local time
History will be made no matter what happens in this battle for top spot in Group E, as Wembley stages its first ever women’s match. Both genuine medal contenders, the two sides involved go into the game with 100 per cent records to their names.
World champions Japan are hot favourites to collect three points against South Africa in Cardiff in Group F and book their place in the next round. That means the other match in the section between Canada and Sweden, who both acquitted themselves well in their games against the Japanese, is more or less a straight fight for the other automatic qualification slot. However, with the best two third-placed teams in the three groups also advancing to the quarter-finals, a draw would take both sides through.
Having already powered into the next phase with six points out of six, Group G leaders USA are considering giving the likes of Abby Wambach and Megan Rapinoe a rest in their last group match against Korea DPR, who are still licking their wounds after going down 5-0 to France. Meanwhile, Bruno Bini’s side will make sure of second if they beat Colombia, who have yet to score. Also goalless to date, New Zealand and Cameroon meet in Coventry intent on finishing third in Group E.
Player to watch
When Canada and Sweden locked horns in the final round of group games at Beijing 2008, Lotta Schelin scored twice to give the Scandinavian side a 2-1 win, condemning the North Americans to a quarter-final tie against neighbours and eventual champions USA. Will the Swedish hotshot prove their undoing again on Tuesday?
0 - The number of goals GB goalkeeper Karen Bardsley and her Brazilian counterpart Andreia have conceded in helping their sides reach the last eight in double-quick time. The two teams are the only ones left in the competition who have yet concede a goal.
“The good thing is that our fate is in our own hands. If we win, we’ll finish second, and that’s a good situation to be in in such a difficult group,” France defender Sonia Bompastor.
The schedule (all times local)
Japan-South Africa, Cardiff, 14:30
Canada-Sweden, Newcastle, 14:30
USA-Korea DPR, Manchester, 17:15
France-Colombia, Newcastle, 17:15
New Zealand-Cameroon, Coventry, 19:45
Great Britain-Brazil, London, 19:45