Canada qualifies for London quarters
Posted on 31 July 2012 in Women's Olympic Football Tournament
Canada will face host Great Britain in the quarter-final stage of the London 2012 Women's Olympic Football Tournament. Canada qualified for the knock-out phase following an inspiring 2:2 draw with Sweden in the 31 July group finale. With four points after three matches, Canada is one of eight advancing teams after finishing third in Group F.
Canada's come-from-behind effort happened at St. James' Park in Newcastle, which happens to be the home grounds to Canadian head coach John Herdman. Melissa Tancredi scored both Canadian goals, including the equaliser in the 84th minute.
On 3 August, the four match-ups will be Sweden against France in Cardiff (12.00 local), USA against New Zealand in Glasgow (14.30 local), Brazil against Japan in Cardiff (17.00 local), and Great Britain against Canada in Coventry (19.30 local).
While Canada finished third in its group with a record of one win, one draw and one loss, Great Britain finished first in its group with a perfect record of three wins in three matches.
Twelve teams have competed at the London 2012 Women's Olympic Football Tournament, which runs from 25 July to 9 August. While eight teams advance to the knock-out phase, Cameroon, South Africa, Korea DPR and Colombia have been eliminated in the group phase.
For full coverage of Canada's road to the London 2012 Olympics, fans can follow all the news at CanadaSoccer.com. Fans are also encouraged to connect with Canada's national teams via twitter.com/CanadaSoccerEN, facebook.com/CanadaSoccer, flickr.com/canadasoccer, and youtube.com/canadasoccertv.