Canada and the USA advanced to the quarterfinals of the Women's Football Tournament Beijing 2008 via different routes during the group stage on Monday evening.
Canada finished third in Group E following a 2:1 loss to Sweden at Worker's Stadium in Beijing. Lotta Schelin scored twice for the Swedes, while Melissa Tancredi had the only goal for the Maple Leafs.
The overall group record (1 win - 1 loss - 1 draw, 4 Points) was enough to put Canada in the quarterfinals as one of the best third-place finishers.
Elsewhere, the USA defeated New Zealand by a score of 4:0 in Group F play at the Olympic Sports Center Wu Lihe Stadium in Shenyang. Angela Hucles, Lindsay Tarpley, Heather O'Reilly and Amy Rodriguez all scored for the Stars & Stripes as they claimed first place over Norway on goal difference (+3 to - 1).
The USA will now face Canada in a quarterfinal encounter set for Shanghai Stadium on 15 August as CONCACAF is assured one of the four semifinal places.
The Football Tournament continues for the CONCACAF teams with the Men's Competition on Wednesday with the USA taking on Nigeria in Group B at the Worker's Stadium, while Honduras face Korea Republic at Shanghai Stadium.
OLYMPIC GAMES BEIJING 2008
Men's Football Tournament
13.08: Beijing; Workers' Stadium (17:00)
NIGERIA - USA
13.08: Shanghai Stadium (17:00)
KOREA REPUBLIC - HONDURAS
Women's Football Tournament
12.08: Beijing; Workers' Stadium (A: 51112)
SWEDEN - CANADA 2:1 (1:0)
Lotta SCHELIN 19', 51'; Melissa TANCREDI 63'
SWE: Hedvig Lindahl - Caroline Seger, Sara Thunebro (86: Anna Paulson), Sara Larsson, Lotta Schelin, Victoria Svensson-C, Frida Ostberg, Therese Sjogran, Linda Forsberg, Charlotte Rohlin, Nilla Fischer (27: Jessica Landstrom). Booked: none
TD: Thomas DENNERBY
CAN: Erin McLeod - Emily Zurrer (81: Robyn Gayle), Clare Rustad, Sophie Schmidt (46: Amy Walsh), Rhian Wilkinson, Diana Matheson, Candace Chapman, Martina Franko, Christine Sinclair-C (67: Jodi-Ann Robinson), Melissa Tandcredi, Kara Lang. Booked: none
TD: Even PELLERUD
R: Pannipar KAMNUENG (THA)
12.08: Shenyang; Olympic Sports Center Wu Lihe Stadium (A: 12453)
USA - NEW ZEALAND 4:0 (2:0)
Heather O'REILLY 1'; Amy RODRIGUEZ 43'; Lindsay TARPLEY 56'; Angela HUCLES 60'
USA: Hope Solo - Heather Mitts (62: Stephanie Cox), Christie Rampone-C, Rachel Buehler, Lindsay Tarpley, Shannon Boxx, Amy Rodriguez (57: Natasha Kai), Heather O'Reilly (76: Aly Wagner), Carli Lloyd, Angele Hucles, Lori Chalupny. Booked: Hearn 55'
TD: Pia SUNDHAGE
NZL: Jenny Bindon - Ria Percival, Katie Hoyle (64: Anna Green), Abby Erceg, Rebecca Smith, Alexandra Riley, Hayley Moorwood-C, Amber Hearn (74: Rebecca Tegg), Kristy Yallop, Emma Kete, Marlies Oostdam (64: Kristy Hill). Booked: Oostdam 46'
TD: John HERDMAN
R: Dagmar DAMKOVA (CZE)
15.08: Shanghai Stadium (18:00)
USA - CANADA
Photo #1 - Canada vs. Sweden, from fifa.com
Photo #2 - USA vs. New Zealand