The seventh edition of the women’s Olympic football tournament officially gets underway this morning as Great Britain kick off proceedings at the Sapporo Dome.
It is nine years since we last saw Team GB in competitive action as they reached the quarter-finals at London 2012, where their medal hopes were cruelly extinguished by two-time bronze medalists Canada.
Hege Riise’s side have only played one solitary warm-up match in the build-up to Japan after a proposed meeting with Zambia was cancelled, with Ellen White notching a brace and new Arsenal signing Nikita Parris also on target in a 3-0 win over New Zealand last week.
GB’s strong and mostly English squad are expected to be in contention for a medal this summer, though Group E poses some potential challenges in the form of hosts Japan and old foes Canada.
2018 Copa America finalists Chile, meanwhile, are making their Olympic debut following an impressive rise under coach Jose Letelier that saw them reach the World Cup for the first time in France two years ago.
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After nine years away, Team GB’s footballers made a perfect start with Ellen White at the double.
Read Malik Ouzia’s report here and join us for their second game on Saturday.
Blimey, it’s now Sweden 2-0 USA! The US haven’t lost a game in 44 matches and are big favourites for gold.
This would be a turn-up for the books.
Former England international Sue Smith says on BBC Two; “Team GB should be looking for at least a medal.
“If you ask coach Hege Riise and the players they will be looking for gold. Why not?”
Good news with such a short turnaround for Team GB is that Saturday’s game against Japan is in the same venue.
Marta - who else? - has just made it 3-0 to Brazil.
In the other games under way, Brazil lead China 2-0, and favourites United States still trail to Sweden...
GB were pretty good there for their opening game. It’s a quick turnaround between games so coach Hege Riise may have to make a few changes. It’s a good start though. Lucy Bronze and Ellen White were superb.
FULL TIME | Team GB 2-0 Chile
Comfortable win to start the Olympics. Ellen White’s double seals the deal.