Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Women
3 August - 19 August

Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016

Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Women

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Germany make history, hosts claim hearts

The German national team made history in two ways at the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016. They not only won their first ever gold medal in six editions of the competition, having previously collected bronze at Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008, but also contested the first final between two European sides – with USA absent from the deciding game for the first time.

Despite travelling to Brazil for Silvia Neid’s final tournament as head coach with high hopes, the Germans were far from convincing in the group stages, recording one win, one draw and one defeat to qualify for the knockout phase as the second-placed team in Group F. From that point on, however, they looked a completely different prospect, easing into the final by beating China PR and Canada 1-0 and 2-0 respectively.

Final opponents Sweden made a similarly subdued start to the competition. After reaching the last eight as one of the two best third-placed sides in the group stage, the Tre Kronor surprised many by defeating gold medal favourites USA. Pia Sundhage’s side beat the Americans 4-3 in the first penalty shoot-out in Olympic women’s football history before dispatching hosts Brazil by the same spot-kick scoreline in the semi-final.

The final certainly lived up to expectations. Germany and Sweden had never drawn a match in 25 previous meetings – and their showdown at Rio de Janeiro’s legendary Maracana Stadium would be no different. German coach Silvia Neid enjoyed a fairytale ending to a remarkable career as her team won 2-1 in normal time thanks to a strike from Dzsenifer Marozsan and a Linda Sembrant own goal. The Swedes shrugged off the disappointment of defeat to celebrate their country’s first medal in women’s football and collect the tournament’s Fair Play Award.

Canada grab bronze again as hosts left empty-handedJust as at London 2012, Canada delivered another convincing performance at Rio 2016. After being the only team to collect maximum points from the group stages, the Canucks progressed to the last four with a formidable quarter-final display against France. Despite wearing the number 13 on her shirt, Sophie Schmidt’s luck was in against the European side as she popped up to score the only goal of the match and replicate Canada’s result against the same opposition in the bronze-medal match in London four years ago. John Herdman’s side ultimately stumbled at the penultimate hurdle as eventual Olympic champions Germany exacted revenge for their 2-1 group-stage defeat.

Having narrowly missed out on gold in both 2004 and 2008, Brazil were determined to climb to the top step of the podium in front of a home crowd, and raised fans’ hopes by winning Group E. The South Americans’ nerves were then shredded in the quarter-finals as Marta and her team-mates eventually beat Australia on penalties after 120 goalless minutes, thus avenging their FIFA Women’s World Cup™ exit at the hands of the Matildas the previous year. After failing to repeat that shootout success against Sweden in the last four, the Brazilians ended the tournament empty-handed after losing 2-1 to Canada in their quest for a bronze medal.

USA suffer early exit Despite travelling to Rio as overwhelming favourites having won Olympic gold for the third successive edition and fourth time overall at London 2012, the Stars and Stripes fell short of expectations. They followed two narrow victories with a 2-2 draw with Colombia in their final group game to take top spot in Group G, only to suffer an early exit to Sweden on penalties in the last eight to end their long period of dominance at the Olympic Games.

Although African representatives South Africa and Zimbabwe and second South American side Colombia exited the competition after the group stage, the progress made by all three teams was clear for all to see. New Zealand also made their way home before the knockout phase despite reaching the last eight in 2012. Despite beating Colombia 1-0, three points was not enough for the Football Ferns to advance alongside Group G rivals France and the USA as one of the best third-placed teams, with Australia and Sweden snatching these places instead.

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BRASILIA, BRAZIL - AUGUST 10: Son Heungmin #7 of South Korea celebrates the victory during the Group C match between Mexico v Korea Republic of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Mane Garrincha Stadium on August 10, 2016 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Celso Junior/Getty Images)
BRASILIA, BRAZIL - AUGUST 12: Stina Blackstenius #11 and Olivia Schough #12 of Sweden celebrates their 1-1 (4-3 PSO) win over team United States during the Women's Football Quarterfinal match at Mane Garrincha Stadium on Day 7 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 12, 2016 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Celso Junior/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 17:  Neymar of Brazil rounds the keeper to score the first Brazil goal during the Men's Semifinal Football match between Brazil and Honduras at Maracana Stadium on Day 12 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - AUGUST 12: Tamires of Brasil celebrates after scoring a goal during the Women's Quarter Final match between Brasil and Australia on Day 7 of the Rio2016 Olympic Games at Mineirao Stadium on August 12, 2016 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Joern Pollex - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Sara Daebritz (2nd L) of Germany celebrates with her team mates after scoring her team's second goal during the Women's Semi Final match between Canada and Germany on Day 11 of the Rio2016 Olympic Games at Mineirao Stadium on August 16, 2016 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  (Photo by Joern Pollex - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16:  Janine Beckie #16 of Canada and Tabea Kemme #12 of Germany compete for the ball during the Women's Semi Final match between Germany and Canada on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Mineirao Stadium on August 16, 2016 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  (Photo by Pedro Vilela/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16:  Melanie Behringer of Germany scores her team's first goal the Women's Semi Final match between Canada and Germany on Day 11 of the Rio2016 Olympic Games at Mineirao Stadium on August 16, 2016 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  (Photo by Joern Pollex - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16:  Melanie Behringer #7 of Germany celebrates scoring a goal during the Women's Semi Final match between Germany and Canada on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Mineirao Stadium on August 16, 2016 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  (Photo by Pedro Vilela/Getty Images)
Lotta Schelin of Sweden (L) and Rafaelle of Brazil compete for the ball
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16:  A general view during the Women's Football Semi Final between Brazil and Sweden on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16:  Lotta Schelin of Sweden and Poliana of Brazil in action during the Women's Football Semi Final between Brazil and Sweden on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16:  Andressa Alves of Brazil in action during the Women's Football Semi Final between Brazil and Sweden on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
BRASILIA, BRAZIL - AUGUST 09: Melanie Behringer of Germany scores her team's first goal during the Women's First Round Group F match between Germany and Canada on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Mane Garrincha Stadium on August 9, 2016 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Celso Junior/Getty Images)
Melanie Behringer of Germany celebrates with team-mates
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 06: Melanie Behringer of Germany is challenged by Laura Alleway of Australia during the Women's First Round Group F match between Germany and Australia on Day 1 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Arena Corinthians on August 6, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BRASILIA, BRAZIL - AUGUST 09: Melanie Behringer of Germany scores from the penalty spot during the Women's First Round Group F match between Germany and Canada on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Mane Garrincha Stadium on August 9, 2016 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Steve Bardens-FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - AUGUST 12:  Marta of Brazil controls the ball during the Women's Quarter Final match between Brasil and Australia on Day 7 of the Rio2016 Olympic Games at Mineirao Stadium on August 12, 2016 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  (Photo by Joern Pollex - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - AUGUST 12: Thaisa of Brazil and Kyah Simon (L) of Australia compete for the ball during the Women's Quarter Final match between Brasil and Australia on Day 7 of the Rio2016 Olympic Games at Mineirao Stadium on August 12, 2016 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  (Photo by Joern Pollex - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - AUGUST 12:  Marta of Brasil is pictured during the Women's Quarter Final match between Brasil and Australia on Day 7 of the Rio2016 Olympic Games at Mineirao Stadium on August 12, 2016 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  (Photo by Joern Pollex - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - AUGUST 12:  Andressa Alves of Brazil and Elise Kellond-Knight of Australia compete for the ball during the Women's Quarter Final match between Brasil and Australia on Day 7 of the Rio2016 Olympic Games at Mineirao Stadium on August 12, 2016 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  (Photo by Joern Pollex - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 19:  Dzsenifer Marozsan (C) of Germany is congratulated by team mates after scoring during the Women's Olympic Gold Medal match between Sweden and Germany at Maracana Stadium on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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