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Friday, August 08, 2008

Beijing Olympics Games Women’s Football: First Day Results

There was an upset on the very first day of women’s football event of Beijing Olympics Games 2008 as defending champion USA lost to Norway 2-0. This was USA’s only second defeat at Olympics. Interestingly, their first Olympics defeat in the 2000 Sydney Olympics final was also against Norway.

In another high profile match, Germany and Brazil, the current world champion and runner up respectively, settled for a goalless draw. Germany defeated Brazil in last year’s world cup final and thus, Brazil got the chance of taking revenge of their 0-2 defeat to Germany in the final of the tournament. Host China also started off their Olympic campaign well as they outclassed Sweden 2-1. Canada opened their Group E campaign with a 2-1 victory over Argentina.

Asian powerhouse Japan clinched a point in the 2-2 draw with New Zealand, after coming back from 2-0 down in the match. Japan got the equalizer four minutes off the final whistle. In another match, North Korea defeated Nigeria 1-0.

There are six matches in women’s football event on 9 August. In Group E, Sweden will face Argentina, while Canada will take on China. Nigeria will face Germany and Brazil will play against North Korea in the Group F. USA vs Japan and New Zealand vs Norway are the two matches in Group G.

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