The fate of the 12 teams involved at the Women's Olympic Football Tournament at London 2012 will become a little clearer on Saturday night as six more matches take place across the length and breadth of Great Britain.
Match of the day
Japan-Sweden, Coventry, 12.00 (local time)
It’s high noon at the City of Coventry Stadium as the world champions meet the third placed team from the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011. The teams met in the semi-final stage of that competition in Frankfurt, with Japan running out 3-1 winners. Both teams head into this match after wins in their first games, but the Europeans haven’t beaten the Asians since 1996. “It will be a lot more difficult than the game against South Africa, that’s for sure,” said defender Lina Nilsson. “They won the World Cup 12 months ago, but we played them recently in a training game so we know them pretty well. I think it will be a good game, a tough game."
Great Britain could equal USA’s record of winning their first two matches as hosts which they set in 1996 should they defeat Cameroon in Cardiff. Canada and South Africa will be looking to get their first points on the board in the second game in Coventry, while France will be hoping to bounce back against a Korea DPR side full of confidence following their 2-0 win over Colombia.
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Should Abby Wambach score against Colombia at Hampden Park, she will become the USA’s all-time top Olympic goalscorer, surpassing Mia Hamm and Tiffany Milbrett, who currently have five goals to their name. Wambach’s header against France put her on par with the US striking legends, but she may fancy her chances of overtaking them against a Colombia defence that conceded twice against Korea DPR.
3.67 – The opening six matches of the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament London 2012 yielded 22 goals. If that average is maintained until the final it will be the highest-scoring tournament in the history of the competition.
"We're here to learn. We had a very tough match against Brazil, one of the favourites. For many of my players, it was the very first time that they had played against non-African opposition. Without doubt, the British team is a very experienced side with quality players. However, this is football and anything is possible," Enow Ngachu, Cameroon coach.
The schedule (all kick-offs local time)
Japan-Sweden, Coventry, 12:00
New Zealand–Brazil, Cardiff, 14:30
Canada-South Africa, Coventry, 14:45
USA-Colombia, Glasgow, 17:00
Great Britain-Cameroon, Cardiff, 17:15
France-Korea DPR, Glasgow, 19:45