2016 Summer Olympics - The Results (Football - Women)

Football at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games



Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date Started: August 3, 2016
Date Finished: August 20, 2016
Events: 2

Participants: 473 (270 men and 203 women) from 23 countries
Youngest Participant: AUS Ellie Carpenter (16 years, 98 days)
Oldest Participant: BRA  Formiga (38 years, 154 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 106 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): GER Germany (2 medals)



Once again 16 men's and 12 women's team took part, with a total of 58 matches being played (32 men, 26 women). Two countries made their football debut in 2016: Fiji (men) and Zimbabwe (women). Apart from hosts Brazil, the only other nations to compete in both the men's and women's tournaments were Colombia, Germany, South Africa and Sweden. South Korea were appearing in their eighth consecutive Olympics whilst Brazil's men were appearing for the 11th time. As at previous Games, male players had to be under the age of 23 on or after 1 January 2016, although each country was allowed three over-age players. There was no age limit on female players.

Because of the size of Brazil, matches were played at venues spread out over the vast country, including the Arena da Amazônia at Manaus, the capital of the Amazon Rain Forest region, which was over 1,700 miles from Rio. The other venues were Mineirao (Belo Horizonte), Esta¡dio Nacional Mane Garrincha (Brasilia), Arena Fonte Nova (Salvador), Arena Corinthians (Sao Paulo), Estadio Oli­mpico Joao Havelange (Rio de Janeiro) and the iconic Maracana (also Rio de Janeiro). All except Estadio Oli­mpico hosted FIFA World Cup Games in 2014. No stadium in Olympic history has housed a bigger crowd than the Maracana did for the final game of the 1950 FIFA World Cup between Brazil and Uruguay, when 199,854 filled the stadium despite efforts to restrict the maximum to 150,000. The capacity in 2016 was more than 120,000 fewer than that record attendance in 1950. For the first time, goal-line technology using Hawkeye was used at the Olympics and a fourth substitute was allowed, but only if a game went into extra-time.

In the early part of the competition it looked as though Brazil were going to miss out on that elusive medal, but they came good as the tournament wore on, as did their star [Neymar]. In an end-to-end final against Germany, Neymar became a national hero when he converted the match-winning penalty in the shoot-out to win gold, adding to Brazil's five silver and one bronze medal from previous Games. For the German men, they are still looking for their first Olympic title, but their women compensated by beating Sweden to win their first women's gold, after three previous bronze medals. For the beaten finalists Sweden, it was their first women's medal, while Canada won the bronze medal for the second consecutive Games. The big story of the women's tournament was the United States' failure to reach the final for the first time since women's football was introduced into the Olympic programme at Atlanta in 1996. They were eliminated by Sweden in the quarter-finals in the first women's Olympic match to be decided on penalties.

The association football tournament at the 2016 Summer Olympics was held from 3 to 20 August in Brazil.

In addition to the Olympic host city of Rio de Janeiro, matches were played in Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Salvador, São Paulo, and Manaus. All six cities hosted matches during the 2014 World Cup, with the Estádio Olímpico João Havelange in Rio the only Olympic venue not to have been a World Cup venue.

Associations affiliated with FIFA might send teams to participate in the tournament. Men's teams were restricted to under-23 players (born on or after 1 January 1993) with a maximum of three overage players allowed, while there were no age restrictions on women's teams. The Games made use of about 400 footballs.

Competition schedule

The match schedule of the men's and women's tournament was unveiled on 10 November 2015.

GS Group stage QF Quarter-finals SF Semi-finals B Bronze medal match F Gold medal match
Wed 3 Thu 4 Fri 5 Sat 6 Sun 7 Mon 8 Tue 9 Wed 10 Thu 11 Fri 12 Sat 13 Sun 14 Mon 15 Tue 16 Wed 17 Thu 18 Fri 19 Sat 20
Men   GS     GS     GS     QF       SF     B F
Women GS     GS     GS     QF       SF     B F  


Rio de Janeiro hosted preliminary matches at the Estádio Olímpico João Havelange and the women's and men's final at the Maracanã Stadium on 19 and 20 August. Apart from Rio de Janeiro the five other cities were: São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Salvador, and Manaus, which were all host cities during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The final choice of venues was announced by FIFA on 16 March 2015.
 Rio de Janeiro Brasília
 Maracanã Estádio Olímpico  Estádio Mané Garrincha
Capacity: 74,738 Capacity: 60,000 Capacity: 69,349
File:Maracana internal view april 2013.jpg File:Engenhão vista atrás do gol.jpg File:Estádio Nacional Brasília.jpg
São Paulo Belo Horizonte Salvador
Arena Corinthians Mineirão Itaipava Arena
Capacity: 48,234 Capacity: 58,170 Capacity: 51,900
File:Belgium vs Korea Republic - Group H - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.jpg File:Mineirao Stadium.jpg File:EstadioForteNova-cancha1.jpg
  Arena da Amazônia  
  Capacity: 40,549  
  File:Arena Amazônia.jpg  

Training venues

Event stadium Training venue #1 Training venue #2 Training venue #3 Training venue #4
Maracanã CFZ Stadium Vasco Barra Football Club Juliano Moreira Sports Complex N/A
Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha Cave Stadium Minas Brasília Tennis Club Yacht Club of Brasília Cruzeiro Stadium
Mineirão Toca da Raposa 1 Toca da Raposa 2 Cidade do Galo América F.C. Training Center
Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova Parque Santiago Stadium Pituaçu Stadium Barradão Stadium E.C. Bahia Training Center
Arena Corinthians São Paulo F.C. Training Center S.E. Palmeiras Training Center C.A. Juventus Stadium Nacional A.C. Stadium

Women's Football

Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo; Arena da Amazonia, Manaus; Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador; Joao Havelange Olympic Stadium, Engenho de Dentro, Rio de Janeiro; Mane Garrincha National Stadium, Brasi­lia; Maracana Stadium, Maracana, Rio de Janeiro; Mineirao, Belo Horizonte
Date Started: August 3, 2016
Date Finished: August 19, 2016
Format: Round-robin pools advance teams to single-elimination tournament of four teams.


As the reigning Olympic champions, World Cup holders and ranked number one by FIFA, the United States went into the 2016 tournament as very clear favourites. They had an outstanding Olympic record, winning four of the five finals up to 2016, and finishing second in the other, to Norway after sudden-death extra-time in 2000. Seven members of their squad had already won Olympic gold, including goalkeeper [Hope Solo], who was going for a record fourth gold in Rio. USA also had the reigning Word Player of the Year, [Carli Lloyd], in their squad.

Being on home soil, Brazil, the 2015 Pan-Am champions, looked likely to provide stiff opposition to the USA. Their team included the five-times Word Player of the Year [Marta], and 38-year-old midfielder [Formiga], an ever-present since the first Olympic tournament in 1996, thus playing in her sixth Games. The European challenge was expected to come from France, FIFA ranked three, and the talented Germans, twice World Cup winners and three times Olympic bronze medallist, and the number two ranked team by FIFA.

The tournament got off to a great start with [Janine Beckie] of Canada scoring the fastest goal in Olympic history, when she netted after just 20 seconds against Australia on the first day of the tournament. It beat by 10 seconds the goal scored by [Oribe Peralta] of Mexico in the 2012 men's final against Brazil. Sadly for Beckie, her record stood only two weeks until bettered by six seconds by Brazil's [Neymar] in the men's semi-final against Honduras.

The United States qualified as top of their group despite being held by Colombia in their final group game. It was Colombia women's first ever point in the Olympics. In the USA's 1-0 win over France, Hope Solo became the first goalkeeper in the world, male or female, to win 200 caps. Germany also qualified for the knockout stage, but only as the second best team in their group behind Canada. They were held to a surprise 2-2 draw in their second group game by the Australians after coming from two goals down and scoring a late equaliser. Australia had the youngest member of the football tournament (men and women) in their squad - 16 -year-old defender [Ellie Carpenter]. To make matters worse for the Germans, they lost their final group game 2-1 to Canada. Brazil qualified from their group as the only South American nation in the last eight, while Germany were joined by fellow Europeans Sweden and France, and China and Australia made up the quarter-finals.

The first last eight match saw one of the biggest upsets in women's Olympic football history as the United States lost to Sweden in the first ever women's penalty shoot-out. It was also the United States' first defeat in the Olympics since a 2-0 loss to Norway in a group match in 2008. The US coach who guided them to gold that year, and again in 2012, was [Pia Sundhage], and she was now Sweden's head coach who masterminded their win over the USA in 2016. After the match, Hope Solo called the Swedes '€œA bunch of cowards'€. These remarks earned her a six month suspension from the US team after the Olympics and the termination of her US Soccer Federation contract after 17 years.

Shortly after Sweden's win in that first ever penalty-shoot out, along came a second when Brazil beat Australia 7-6 on penalties after finishing goalless after 120 minutes. The semi-finals were made up with world number two Germany beating China 1-0 and world number 10 Canada surprising the third ranked FIFA team, France, by the same scoreline.

All four teams in the semis were searching for their first Olympic title and the Brazilian women were hoping to achieve that goal before their male counterparts, albeit by a day, but it was not to be. Just as they did in their win over the USA, Sweden approached the game against Brazil with a defensive attitude and were happy to keep the game goalless for 120 minutes and take the game to penalties. They were all square in the shoot-out when [Andressa]'s spot kick was saved and [Dahlkvist] scored the winning goal for the Europeans. Germany made it an all-European final after beating 2012 bronze medalists Canada 2-0 with goals from [Melane Behringer] and [Sara Dabritz].

Having lost out on the chance to become Brazil's first Olympic soccer champions, the ladies team was hoping at least for a bronze medal but it was Canada who opened the scoring in the bronze medal match in the 25th minute through [Deanne Rose] who, at 17, was the youngest member of the Canadian squad. They increased their lead on 52 minutes through [Christine Sinclair] and they seemed to have secured the bronze medal, but when [Beatriz] scored for the hosts 11 minutes from time it set up a tense finale. Canada held on for back-to-back bronze medals as they became the first Canadians to win consecutive medals in a Summer Olympics team sport since they won lacrosse gold in both 1904 and 1908.

Both Sweden, ranked six, and Germany, ranked two, were in the women's final for the first time and, for Sweden, it was at the sixth time of asking, having appeared in every edition since women's football first appeared at Atlanta in 1996. They had never won a medal previously and Germany's best finish was third on three occasions. The final was a repeat of the 2004 bronze medal match, which Germany won 1-0.

After a goalless first half at the Maracana, [Dzsenifer Marozsan] put Germany ahead three minutes into the second half, with a curling finish. Their lead was extended on 62 minutes when [Linda Sembrant] put through her own goal after Marozsan's free-kick hit the post. Five minutes later Sweden pulled a goal back when a cross from [Kosse Asslani] was turned into the goal by [Stina Blackstenius], but one goal was not enough and Germany won 2-1. It was their first ever women's Olympic football gold medal, and the first for the German nation since the GDR men took gold at Montreal in 1976.

The women's football tournament at the 2016 Summer Olympics was held from 3 to 19 August 2016. It was the 6th edition of the women's Olympic football tournament. Together with the men's competition, the 2016 Summer Olympics football tournament was held in six cities in Brazil, including Olympic host city Rio de Janeiro, which hosted the final at the Maracanã Stadium. There were no player age restrictions for teams participating in the women's competition.

In March 2016, it was agreed that the competition would be part of IFAB's trial to allow a fourth substitute to be made during extra time. Title holders and 2012 Summer Olympics gold Olympic medalists the United States, were eliminated in a loss against Sweden in a penalty shoot-out in the quarter-finals. This marked the first time that the United States has not progressed to the semi-finals in a major international tournament. For the first time since the introduction of the women's tournament in 1996, three matches in the knockout stage were decided by a penalty shoot-out (two quarter-finals and one semifinal).

Germany won their first gold medal by defeating Sweden 2–1 in the final. Canada won bronze after beating host Brazil with the same scoreline in the bronze medal game.


In addition to host nation Brazil, 11 women's national teams qualified from six separate continental confederations. FIFA ratified the distribution of spots at the Executive Committee meeting in March 2014.

Means of qualification Dates4 Venue4 Berths Qualified
Host country 2 October 2009 Denmark Denmark 1  Brazil
2014 Copa América 11–28 September 2014  Ecuador 1  Colombia
2015 FIFA World Cup
(for UEFA eligible teams)5
6 June – 5 July 2015  Canada 2  France
2015 CAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament 2–18 October 2015 Various (home and away) 2  South Africa
2016 OFC Olympic Qualifying Tournament 23 January 2016  Papua New Guinea 1  New Zealand
2016 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship 10–21 February 2016  United States 2  Canada
 United States
2016 AFC Olympic Qualifying Tournament 29 February – 9 March 2016  Japan 2  Australia
 China PR
2016 UEFA Olympic Qualifying Tournament 2–9 March 2016  Netherlands 1  Sweden
Total   12  
  • ^4 Dates and venues are those of final tournaments (or final round of qualification tournaments), various qualification stages may precede matches at these specific venues.
  • ^5 England finished in the top three among UEFA teams in the World Cup, however England is not an IOC member and talks for them to compete as Great Britain broke down.
  • ^6 Nations making their Olympic tournament debut

Match officials

On 2 May 2016, FIFA released the list of match referees that would officiate at the Olympics.

Confederation Referee Assistants
AFC Rita Gani (Malaysia) Allyson Flynn (Australia)
Naomi Teshirogi (Japan)
Ri Hyang-ok (North Korea) Hong Kum-nyo (North Korea)
Cui Yongmei (China)
CAF Gladys Lengwe (Zambia) Bernadettar Kwimbira (Malawi)
Souad Oulhaj (Morocco)
CONCACAF Carol Chenard (Canada) Marie-Josée Charbonneau (Canada)
Suzanne Morisset (Canada)
Lucila Venegas (Mexico) Enedina Caudillo (Mexico)
Mayte Chávez (Mexico)
CONMEBOL Olga Miranda (Paraguay) Mariana de Almeida (Argentina)
Yoleida Lara (Venezuela)
Claudia Umpiérrez (Uruguay) Loreto Toloza (Chile)
Neuza Back (Brazil)
OFC Anna-Marie Keighley (New Zealand) Sarah Jones (New Zealand)
Lata Kaumatule (Tonga)
UEFA Teodora Albon (Romania) Petruța Iugulescu (Romania)
Mária Súkeníková (Slovakia)
Stéphanie Frappart (France) Manuela Nicolosi (France)
Yolanda Parga (Spain)
Kateryna Monzul (Ukraine) Nataliya Rachynska (Ukraine)
Sanja Rođak-Karšić (Croatia)
Esther Staubli (Switzerland) Lucie Ratajová (Czech Republic)
Chrysoula Kourompylia (Greece)
Support Referee Melissa Borjas (Honduras)
María Carvajal (Chile)


The draw for the tournament was held on 14 April 2016, 10:30 BRT (UTC−3), at the Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro. The 12 teams in the women's tournament were drawn into three groups of four teams. The teams were seeded into four pots based on the FIFA Ranking of March 2016 (in brackets in the table). The hosts Brazil were automatically assigned into position E1. No groups can contain more than one team from the same confederation.

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4
  •  Brazil (8) (assigned to E1)
  •  United States (1)
  •  Germany (2)
  •  France (3)
  •  Australia (5)
  •  Sweden (6)
  •  Canada (10)
  •  China PR (12)
  •  New Zealand (16)
  •  Colombia (24)
  •  South Africa (54)
  •  Zimbabwe (95)

Group stage

The top two teams of each group and the two best third-placed teams advanced to the quarter-finals. The rankings of teams in each group were determined as follows:

  1. points obtained in all group matches;
  2. goal difference in all group matches;
  3. number of goals scored in all group matches;

If two or more teams were equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their rankings were determined as follows:

  1. points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  2. goal difference in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  3. number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  4. drawing of lots by the FIFA Organising Committee.

The groups were denoted as groups E, F and G to avoid confusion with the groups of the men's tournament which used designations A–D.

Knockout stage

In the knockout stages, if a match is level at the end of normal playing time, extra time is played (two periods of 15 minutes each) and followed, if necessary, by a penalty shoot-out to determine the winner.

On 18 March 2016, the FIFA Executive Committee agreed that the competition would be part of the International Football Association Board's trial to allow a fourth substitute to be made during extra time.

Quarter-finals   Semi-finals   Gold medal match
12 August — Belo Horizonte          
 Brazil (p) 0 (7)
16 August — Rio de Janeiro (Mar.)
 Australia 0 (6)  
 Brazil 0 (3)
12 August — Brasília
   Sweden (p) 0 (4)  
 United States 1 (3)
  19 August — Rio de Janeiro (Mar.)
 Sweden (p) 1 (4)  
 Sweden 1
12 August — São Paulo
   Germany 2
 Canada 1
16 August — Belo Horizonte  
 France 0  
 Canada 0
12 August — Salvador
   Germany 2   Bronze medal match
 China PR 0
  19 August — São Paulo
 Germany 1  
 Brazil 1
 Canada 2

Gold medal match

19 August 2016
Sweden  1–2  Germany
Blackstenius Goal 67'

Marozsán Goal 48'
Sembrant Goal 62' (o.g.)
Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Attendance: 52,432
Referee: Carol Chenard (Canada)

Bronze medal match

19 August 2016
Brazil  1–2  Canada
Beatriz Goal 79'  
  • Rose Goal 25'
  • Sinclair Goal 52'
Arena Corinthians, São Paulo
Attendance: 39,718
Referee: Teodora Albon (Romania)


16 August 2016
Brazil  0–0 (a.e.t.)  Sweden

Marta Penalty scored
Cristiane Penalty missed
Andressa Alves Penalty scored
Rafaelle Penalty scored
Andressa Penalty missed
3–4 Penalty scored Schelin
Penalty missed Asllani
Penalty scored Seger
Penalty scored Fischer
Penalty scored Dahlkvist
Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Attendance: 70,454
Referee: Lucila Venegas (Mexico)

16 August 2016
Canada  0–2  Germany
    Behringer Goal 21' (pen.)
Däbritz Goal 59'
Mineirão, Belo Horizonte
Attendance: 5,641
Referee: Ri Hyang-ok (North Korea)


12 August 2016
United States  1–1 (a.e.t.)  Sweden
Morgan Goal 77'

Blackstenius Goal 61'
Morgan Penalty missed
Horan Penalty scored
Lloyd Penalty scored
Brian Penalty scored
Press Penalty missed
3–4 Penalty scored Schelin
Penalty scored Asllani
Penalty missed Sembrant
Penalty scored Seger
Penalty scored Dahlkvist
Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasília
Attendance: 13,892
Referee: Anna-Marie Keighley (New Zealand)

12 August 2016
China PR  0–1  Germany
    Behringer Goal 76'
Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
Attendance: 9,642
Referee: Kateryna Monzul (Ukraine)

12 August 2016
Canada  1–0  France
Schmidt Goal 56'    
Arena Corinthians, São Paulo
Attendance: 38,688
Referee: Claudia Umpierrez (Uruguay)

12 August 2016
Brazil  0–0 (a.e.t.)  Australia
  • Andressa Alves Penalty scored
  • Andressa Penalty scored
  • Beatriz Penalty scored
  • Rafaelle Penalty scored
  • Marta Penalty missed
  • Debinha Penalty scored
  • Monica Penalty scored
  • Tamires Penalty scored
  • Penalty scored Kellond-Knight
  • Penalty scored Alleway
  • Penalty scored van Egmond
  • Penalty scored Polkinghorne
  • Penalty missed Gorry
  • Penalty scored Heyman
  • Penalty scored Logarzo
  • Penalty missed Kennedy

Ranking of third-placed teams

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 F  Australia 3 1 1 1 8 5 +3 4 Knockout stage
2 E  Sweden 3 1 1 1 2 5 −3 4
3 G  New Zealand 3 1 0 2 1 5 −4 3  

Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Lots drawn by FIFA

Group E


The opening match between Sweden , which remains in two consecutive quarterfinals at the Games, and South Africa, which is participating for the second time in its history, begins at 1:00 p.m. at the Olympic Stadium Nilton-Santos after qualifying four years earlier for the London 2012 tournament. In an empty three-quarter stadium, Sweden exhibited their important physical and technical superiority without however succeeding in scoring due to a cruel lack of precision in the finish. It will be necessary to wait for the 76 th minute of play and a double foul of the hand of the South African goalkeeper Roxanne Barker on a corner to see Nilla Fischer push the ball into the back of the net and thus offer the victory to the Swedes on the lowest score.

The second group E match, the third of the day, marks the entry of the host country team , recent Copa America winner , against China, which regains the Games after failing to qualify in 2012 Thanks to a total superiority over his opponent, notably illustrated by a significant possession of the ball, the Brazilians treated their entry with a victory 3 goals to 0. Mônica opened the scoring of a header after a hazardous exit from Zhao Lina the Chinese goalkeeper, before Andressa Alves doubled the start of the second half of a volley on a cross from the Brazilian captain Marta . The latter will come out on a knee injury ten minutes before the end of the match. At the very end of the game, Cristiane scored the third Brazilian goal, beating the Chinese goalkeeper and taking the ball over the head on a free kick .

The second day begins with an already decisive meeting between South Africa and China, both beaten in their first match. Despite a start to the game that was entirely to the advantage of the South Africans, China managed to back down and obtain a few scoring chances, but did not succeed. It was not until additional time and an indirect free kick for South Africa to see China develop a victorious counterattack concluded with a goal from Gu Yasha . In the second half, the pace is much lower and the show suffers. At the 87 th minute of play, the Chinese playmaker Tan Ruyin sees that Roxanne Barker, the South African goalkeeper, is advanced and then tries a lob of approximately 45 meters which ends in the small net of the goal, thus allowing China to secure its victory. Thanks to this result, China is relaunching itself in the fight to reach the quarter-finals while the task becomes much more complicated for South Africa which will have to have Brazil on the last day to achieve it

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Brazil (H) 3 2 1 0 8 1 +7 7 Quarter-finals
2  China PR 3 1 1 1 2 3 −1 4
3  Sweden 3 1 1 1 2 5 −3 4
4  South Africa 3 0 1 2 0 3 −3 1  

Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(H) Host.
3 August 2016
Sweden  1–0  South Africa
Fischer Goal 76'    
Estádio Olímpico João Havelange, Rio de Janeiro
Attendance: 13,439
Referee: Teodora Albon (Romania)
3 August 2016
Brazil  3–0  China PR
  • Monica Goal 36'
  • Andressa Goal 59'
  • Cristiane Goal 90'
Estádio Olímpico João Havelange, Rio de Janeiro
Attendance: 27,618
Referee: Carol Chenard (Canada)

6 August 2016
South Africa  0–2  China PR
    Gu Yasha Goal 45+1'
Tan Ruyin Goal 87'
Estádio Olímpico João Havelange, Rio de Janeiro
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Esther Staubli (Switzerland)
6 August 2016
Brazil  5–1  Sweden
  • Beatriz Goal 21'86'
  • Cristiane Goal 24'
  • Marta Goal 44' (pen.)80'

Schelin Goal 89'
Estádio Olímpico João Havelange, Rio de Janeiro
Attendance: 43,384
Referee: Lucila Venegas (Mexico)

9 August 2016
22:00 (21:00 UTC–4)
South Africa  0–0  Brazil
Arena da Amazônia, Manaus
Attendance: 38,415
Referee: Stéphanie Frappart (France)
9 August 2016
China PR  0–0  Sweden

Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasília
Attendance: 7,648
Referee: Olga Miranda (Paraguay)

Group F


More than 400 km from Rio at the Arena Corinthians in São Paulo , the first match of Group F sees the Canada team , London 2012 bronze medalist, and Australia , returning to the Olympic Games after two failed editions. Despite the kick-off by the Australians, Canada opened the scoring in the twentieth second thanks to a resumption of the flat from the foot of Janine Beckie on a center coming from the right of captain Christine Sinclair . It was the fastest goal in the history of the Olympic Games, a record previously held by Mexican Oribe Peralta who scored in the twenty-ninth second of play in the final of the London 2012 Olympic tournament facing Brazil. Despite the start of this breathless start, the pace dropped and the faults became more numerous until the expulsion of Canadian central defender Shelina Zadorsky in the 17th minute, the fastest red card in the history of the Games. The match is therefore reversed and sees Australia dominate the game and get many opportunities to equalize. However on a counter attack in the 80 th minute, Christine Sinclair left the Australian defense unmoved and brought the score to 2 goals to 0 and thus sealed the victory of his team.

The second poster of group F opposes the neophytes of Zimbabwe , which participates for the first time in a world competition, with Germany , designated as being the main rival of the United States and which remains on a failure during the World Cup 2015 . Unsurprisingly, the Germans outrageously dominate the debates by creating many opportunities without, at first, managing to find the fault. In the 19 th minute, Simone Laudehr was forced to be replaced due to a tear in the ligament of the left ankle caused by a two shocks which will not be sanctioned by Malaysian referee Rita Gani. The injury did not stop the German momentum as only three minutes after Sara Däbritz opened the scoring before Alexandra Popp scored a second goal ten minutes before the end of the first half. Upon returning from the locker room, Zimbabwean striker Kudakwashe Bhasopo took advantage of a poor recovery from German goalkeeper Almuth Schult to reduce the gap against the course of the game. However, this goal is anecdotal since Germany immediately resumed its march forward and scored three new goals in the 53rd , 78th and 83rd minutes via Melanie Behringer twice and Melanie Leupolz . Finally in additional time, Germany took advantage of their own goal of defender Eunice Chibanda to bring the score to 6 goals to 1 and thus take first place in their group.

The first meeting of the second day pits the Canadians against the Zimbabweans. As in its first match against Australia, Canada ideally launches its match from the 7th minute thanks to the second goal in this tournament of Janine Beckie on a center of Christine Sinclair. Very influential in the game of his team, Sinclair transformed the penalty obtained by Diana Matheson and then scored the tenth goal at the Olympics of his career. At ten minutes from half time, the players of John Herdman consolidate their lead by scoring a third goal through Janine Beckie on a cross from Josée Bélanger . As in the first game, Zimbabwe is in great difficulty approaching very rarely the Canadian goal and it could have conceded a new goal in the 42 nd minute of play if the realization of Matheson had not been refused for an out -Game. The second period was also dominated by the North Americans who could have scored a fourth goal if Christine Sinclair had not touched the ball with her hand. Finally at the very end of the game, Mavis Chirandu manages to score the only Zimbabwean goal of the match thanks to a poor placement by the Canadian defense

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Canada 3 3 0 0 7 2 +5 9 Quarter-finals
2  Germany 3 1 1 1 9 5 +4 4
3  Australia 3 1 1 1 8 5 +3 4
4  Zimbabwe 3 0 0 3 3 15 −12 0  

Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
3 August 2016
Canada  2–0  Australia
  • Beckie Goal 1'
  • Sinclair Goal 80'
Arena Corinthians, São Paulo
Attendance: 20,521
Referee: Stéphanie Frappart (France)
3 August 2016
Zimbabwe  1–6  Germany
Basopo Goal 50'  
  • Däbritz Goal 22'
  • Popp Goal 36'
  • Behringer Goal 53'78'
  • Leupolz Goal 83'
  • Chibanda Goal 90' (o.g.)
Arena Corinthians, São Paulo
Attendance: 20,521
Referee: Rita Gani (Malaysia)

6 August 2016
Canada  3–1  Zimbabwe
Beckie Goal 7'35'
Sinclair Goal 19' (pen.)
  Chirandu Goal 86'
Arena Corinthians, São Paulo
Attendance: 30,295
Referee: Olga Miranda (Paraguay)
6 August 2016
Germany  2–2  Australia
Däbritz Goal 45+2'
Bartusiak Goal 88'
  Kerr Goal 6'
Foord Goal 45'
Arena Corinthians, São Paulo
Attendance: 37,475
Referee: Anna-Marie Keighley (New Zealand)

9 August 2016
Germany  1–2  Canada
Behringer Goal 13' (pen.)   Tancredi Goal 26'60'
Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasília
Attendance: 8,227
Referee: Ri Hyang-ok (North Korea)
9 August 2016
Australia  6–1  Zimbabwe
  • De Vanna Goal 2'
  • Polkinghorne Goal 15'
  • Kennedy Goal 37'
  • Simon Goal 50'
  • Heyman Goal 55'66'
  Msipa Goal 90+1'
Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
Attendance: 5,115
Referee: Esther Staubli (Switzerland)

Group G


It is at 7:00 p.m. at the Mineirão de Belo Horizonte that the 2015 world champions and triple holders of the American title enter the competition against New Zealand which participates for the third consecutive time in the Olympic tournament. American Favorite ideally go into the match with the opening goal at the 9 th minute by a resumption of the head of Carli Lloyd who is the small New Zealand goal net. However, the American women are in difficulties in front of the aggressiveness which is opposed to them and they do not manage to take the ascendancy. Despite the second American goal at the start of the second period scored by Alex Morgan, the match is chopped up by faults and lacks considerably of rhythm. The United States won without shining against a valiant team from New Zealand, which however did not manage to worry its opponent.

At the end of this first day of competition, the French team , the third in the world, which aims to clinch its first international podium at these Games despite a weakened workforce faces Colombia which had managed to beat it during the first round from the 2015 World Cup. The blue ones take an ideal start in this meeting since from the 2 nd minute on a center of Eugenie Le Sommer , the Colombian defender Carolina Ariasis forced to divert the ball for its own purpose. Largely domineering and showing an aggressiveness clearly superior to that of her South American opponent, the French offer themselves a second goal in the quarter of an hour on a close range recovery from Eugénie Le Sommer after a strike from ' Amandine Henry pushed away by the crossbar. Just before half time, Camille Abily scored a goal on a direct free kick allowing the French to lead 3 goals to 0 at the break. Back from the locker room, the intense domination of Philippe Bergeroo's players continues and results in a fourth goal scored by Amel Majri in the 80 thminute always on free kick. France, very little concerned defensively, takes the lead in group G before the shock of the next day against the United States

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  United States 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 7 Quarter-finals
2  France 3 2 0 1 7 1 +6 6
3  New Zealand 3 1 0 2 1 5 −4 3  
4  Colombia 3 0 1 2 2 7 −5 1

Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
3 August 2016
United States  2–0  New Zealand
  • Lloyd Goal 9'
  • Morgan Goal 46'
Mineirão, Belo Horizonte
Attendance: 10,059
Referee: Kateryna Monzul (Ukraine)
3 August 2016
France  4–0  Colombia
  • C. Arias Goal 2' (o.g.)
  • Le Sommer Goal 14'
  • Abily Goal 42'
  • Majri Goal 82'
Mineirão, Belo Horizonte
Attendance: 6,847
Referee: Ri Hyang-ok (North Korea)

6 August 2016

United States  1–0  France
Lloyd Goal 64'    
Mineirão, Belo Horizonte
Attendance: 11,782
Referee: Claudia Umpierrez (Uruguay)
6 August 2016
Colombia  0–1  New Zealand
    Hearn Goal 31'
Mineirão, Belo Horizonte
Attendance: 8,505
Referee: Gladys Lengwe (Zambia)

9 August 2016
19:00 (18:00 UTC–4)
Colombia  2–2  United States
C. Usme Goal 26'90'   C. Dunn Goal 41'
Pugh Goal 59'
Arena da Amazônia, Manaus
Attendance: 30,557
Referee: Teodora Albon (Romania)
9 August 2016
New Zealand  0–3  France
    Le Sommer Goal 38'
Cadamuro Goal 63'90+2' (pen.)
Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
Attendance: 7,350
Referee: Lucila Venegas (Mexico)

Final ranking

As per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-outs are counted as draws.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Final result
1st place, gold medalist(s)  Germany 6 4 1 1 14 6 +8 13 Gold Medal
2nd place, silver medalist(s)  Sweden 6 1 3 2 4 8 −4 6 Silver Medal
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  Canada 6 5 0 1 10 5 +5 15 Bronze Medal
4  Brazil (H) 6 2 3 1 9 3 +6 9 Fourth place
5  United States 4 2 2 0 6 3 +3 8 Eliminated in
6  France 4 2 0 2 7 2 +5 6
7  Australia 4 1 2 1 8 5 +3 5
8  China PR 4 1 1 2 2 4 −2 4
9  New Zealand 3 1 0 2 1 5 −4 3 Eliminated in
group stage
10  South Africa 3 0 1 2 0 3 −3 1
11  Colombia 3 0 1 2 2 7 −5 1
12  Zimbabwe 3 0 0 3 3 15 −12 0


5 goals
  • Germany Melanie Behringer
3 goals
  • Brazil Beatriz
  • Canada Janine Beckie
  • Canada Christine Sinclair
  • Germany Sara Däbritz
2 goals
  • Australia Michelle Heyman
  • Brazil Cristiane
  • Brazil Marta
  • Canada Melissa Tancredi
  • Colombia Catalina Usme
  • France Louisa Cadamuro
  • France Eugenie Le Sommer
  • Sweden Stina Blackstenius
  • United States Carli Lloyd
  • United States Alex Morgan
1 goal
  • Australia Lisa De Vanna
  • Australia Caitlin Foord
  • Australia Alanna Kennedy
  • Australia Samantha Kerr
  • Australia Clare Polkinghorne
  • Australia Kyah Simon
  • Brazil Andressa Alves
  • Brazil Mônica
  • Canada Deanne Rose
  • Canada Sophie Schmidt
  • China Gu Yasha
  • China Tan Ruyin
  • France Camille Abily
  • France Amel Majri
  • Germany Saskia Bartusiak
  • Germany Melanie Leupolz
  • Germany Dzsenifer Marozsán
  • Germany Alexandra Popp
  • New Zealand Amber Hearn
  • Sweden Nilla Fischer
  • Sweden Lotta Schelin
  • United States Crystal Dunn
  • United States Mallory Pugh
  • Zimbabwe Kudakwashe Basopo
  • Zimbabwe Mavis Chirandu
  • Zimbabwe Emmaculate Msipa
1 own goal
  • Colombia Carolina Arias (playing against France)
  • Sweden Linda Sembrant (playing against Germany)
  • Zimbabwe Eunice Chibanda (playing against Germany)

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