Olympic Football Tournaments Sydney 2000 - Men

Olympic Football Tournaments Sydney 2000 - Men

13 September - 30 September 2000

Olympic Football Tournaments 2000 - Men

Spain again -- or Cameroon's first-ever Olympic gold?

Cameroon and Spain clash in the men's Olympic Football Final in Sydney on Saturday - thanks to a last-minute penalty for the Africans against the favoured Chile in Melbourne and a clear win for the classy Spaniards over the United States in Sydney.

A place in the Final gives Cameroon a chance to win their first gold medal ever in any Olympic sport, while for Spain it is an opportunity to regain the Olympic title they won on home soil in 1992.

The Spaniards went into an early lead against the US at the Sydney Football Stadium but the Americans retaliated with a penalty goal before half time. But the Europeans got a late third to put the issue beyond doubt as the Americans showed the effects of their quarter-final marathon against Japan.

Cameroon went behind to Chile at the Melbourne Cricket Ground through an own goal but hit back to equalise and then grabbed a dramatic late winner from the penalty spot and could now succeed their fellow Africans from Nigeria as Olympic champions.

The bronze medal game on Friday could either add to the impressive US tally - although the American men have never won a football Olympic medal - or produce Chile's first medal of any kind since Seoul in 1988.

On Sunday the US women's team, defending Olympic champions, and outsiders Norway qualified for the gold medal match of the women's tournament on a cool and windy Sunday night. In Canberra, the American were lucky not to concede the equaliser. Brasilian's Roseli was denied by a fabulous save of the US goalkeeper. At Sydney Football Stadium, Germany were the dominant team but Wunderlich's own goal sent Norway through to the final which is a re-match of the 1991 Women's World Cup championship game.

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