Great Britain and Canada are preparing to meet at the City of Coventry Stadium for a place in the last four. Team GB can expect another evening of frenetic support from the home fans, after their final group fixture against Brazil at Wembley set a new British women’s football attendance record of 70,584.
Great Britain are arguably the surprise package of the tournament so far. Team GB won all three of their matches in Group E, including their final fixture against favourites Brazil. Coach Hope Powell’s charges are also the only team yet to concede a goal. In a balanced and physically robust team, left-back Stephanie Houghton stands out with a goal in each of the three games to date.
Canada’s progress to the quarter-finals was a lot less smooth, as they only made the last eight as one of the two best third-placed teams. After a defeat to world champions Japan and victory over South Africa, the Canadians were 2-0 down to Sweden and heading for the exit, but Melissa Tancredi struck a brace to earn the draw which dragged the North Americans back into the frame. Canadian hopes now rest squarely on Tancredi, up to four goals at the tournament so far, and seasoned strike partner Christine Sinclair.
100 – The quarter-final between Great Britain and Canada is the 100th match in the history of the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament. The very first game was between Germany and Japan on 21 July 1996.
"They're going to be a strong team - anyone from here on in is going to be tough. But we’ve shown we can live with anybody and the performance against Brazil especially shows that," Great Britain midfielder Rachel Yankey.
"This team just never gives up. It's another step on the road for us. It's what we wanted and we're on our way, but this is just one stop on the journey," Canada striker Melissa Tancredi.