Soccer: Brazil and U.S. held, Canada win again

Wed Aug 10, 2016 1:05am EDT
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By Andrew Downie

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The United States and Brazil advanced to the quarter-finals of the Olympic women's soccer tournament as group winners despite being held to disappointing draws in their final pool matches on Tuesday.

Canada remain the only team left with a 100 percent winning record after two goals from captain Melissa Tancredi secured a 2-1 upset win over Germany 2-1 and top spot in Group F.

Hosts Brazil rested seven starters, including their influential captain Marta, but despite dominating possession were held to a goalless draw by South Africa in Manaus.

The point for Brazil was enough to ensure top spot in Group E and set up a last eight clash on Friday with Australia, who advanced from Group F as one of the best third placed teams following a 6-1 demolition of Zimbabwe.

Germany went through in second place in Group F, despite their defeat by Canada in Brasilia, and will now play China in the last eight after the Asians drew 0-0 with Sweden in Group E.

The United States will face the Swedes, who finished third in Group E, in knockout action on Friday.

The triple reigning champion Americans will hope for a better showing from goalkeeper Hope Solo, who was at fault for both Colombian goals scored by Catalina Usme.

Solo let the ball squirm through her legs for Colombia's opener after 26 minutes and then completely missed a cross ball for the second in the final minute.   Continued...

2016 Rio Olympics - Soccer - Preliminary - Women's First Round - Group F Germany v Canada - Mane Garrincha Stadium - Brasilia, Brazil - 09/08/2016.  Melissa Tancredi (CAN) (L) of Canada celebrates with teammate Christine Sinclair after Canada defeated Germany.  REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino