Team GB women beat Brazil
Hope Powell’s Team GB women’s football team achieved a surprise victory over Brazil, instilling great belief in the squad heading into the quarter-finals. The side now face Canada with the winners progressing into the medal play-offs.
It was a confident and convincing display from Team GB and they deserved to beat a Brazil team that is, with the USA, one of the favourites for the gold medal. A crowd of over 70,000 at Wembley witnessed a win that could be a watershed for women’s football in the UK.
Stephanie Houghton has been the player of the tournament so far and the defender scored her third goal in these Olympics to give the British team the lead after just two minutes. Kelly Smith later had a penalty saved, but Team GB held out and offered a consistent threat to the Brazilian goal.
While the crowd went wild and the players celebrated exuberantly, Powell remained level-headed. "It wasn't the complete performance by any stretch of the imagination," she said. "But we did a job, very resilient, worked hard. You saw the girls at the end. They were dead on their feet. We're not in a position yet to get a medal. We still have to play Canada. They want a medal as much as anybody else."
It was the biggest crowd ever for a women’s international in Britain, and Powell said that the atmosphere was "electric". "I must say the crowd were really inspiring tonight," she said. "I think they gave us a little bit of an edge, which was great for us."