Canada, China in dead heat
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After two Group E matchdays of the Women's Olympic Football Tournament debutants Canada and hosts China PR are tangled at the summit with four points apiece. The Swedes aren't far behind on three points from one win, while Argentina cling to the hope that a miracle will save them from elimination on the final day of play in the section.

The games
China-Argentina, Tuesday 12 August, Qinhuangdao, 19:45
Sweden-Canada, Tuesday 12 August, Beijing, 19:45

The context
Argentina will be desperate to salvage a little pride and their first points of their first Olympic finals when they take on China. The hosts, for their part, are likely to have star striker Han Duan back from injury and will be keen to try to seal top spot in the section with a win, which would take them to seven points from three games.

The meeting between ultra physical and hard-working Canada and tactically astute Sweden looks like one of the classics of the final matchday of group play. Canada, with their direct approach and the goal threat of Christine Sinclair, will be looking to make it seven points from three matches in what coach Even Pellerud calls "an intense-looking match-clash." The Swedes, keen to rebound from a sluggish start, are looking to add to the three points they picked up in a win over Argentina.

The player to watch: Victoria Svensson (SWE)
The Sweden captain, 30, has been banging in goals for a fair few years now. In this campaign in China, she has dropped into a supporting role behind the outstanding Lotta Schelin. But after creating a host of chances against the Argentines, even hitting the post, the Djurgardens forward is looking likely to find her range come Tuesday against the Canadians.

The numbers game
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The number of games an Argentine women's team has won at the Women's Olympic Football Tournament and the FIFA Women's World Cup. It is also the number of opening games Sweden have won at their four Olympic Finals.

The quotes
"The game against the Swedes will be a classic between the tactics and organisation of the Swedes and our hard running and direct game," Canada coach Even Pellerud.

"I don't know if I will start or come in off the bench, but I just want to do everything I can to help China move closer to an Olympic medal," China striker Lou Jiahui.

The question

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