All of the Olympic Women’s Football quarter-finalists were confirmed on Tuesday, following an action-packed final round of group fixtures.
The United States eased through to the last 8 as Group G winners despite being held to a 2-2 draw by Colombia, who bowed out of the competition with just one point to their name.
Maria Usme fired Colombia in front in the 26th minute, before goals from Crystal Dunn and Mallory Pugh handed Team USA the advantage. Usme had the last say, though, slotting home in the dying moments of the match to salvage a draw.
At Arena Fonte Nova in Bahia, France produced a polished performance as they eased to a 3-0 victory over New Zealand.
Eugenie Le Sommer handed France the lead in the 38th minute, while Louisa Necib netted a brace after the break to ensure France claim a comfortable win and a place in the quarter-finals.
South Africa, meanwhile, were eliminated from the tournament after holding host-nation Brazil to a goalless draw in Manaus. However, the draw was not enough to see Banyana Banyana through to the next round as they finished bottom of Group E, with Brazil, China PR and Sweden progressing to the next round.
The People’s Republic of China and Sweden are both facing a tough quarter-final encounter after playing to a goalless draw at Estádio Nacional de Brasília.
China PR will face Germany in the last 8, while Sweden have been paired with 2012 Olympic champions and 2015 World Cup winners USA.
Germany, meanwhile, slumped to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Canada, who finished top of Group F with a perfect record in the group stage.
The National Eleven made a perfect start to the encounter after Melanie Behringer opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 13th minute.
However, Canada drew level 12 minutes later through Melissa Tancredi, who popped up again after the break to net what would turn out to be the winning goal.
At Arena Fonte Nova in Bahia, meanwhile, Australia showed a ruthless touch in front of goal as they hammered Zimbabwe 6-1 to sneak into the quarter-finals as the third-placed team in Group F.
It was a real team effort from the Australians as goals from Lisa De Vanna (2′), Clare Polkinghorne (15′), Alanna Kennedy (37′), Kyah Simon (50′) and Michelle Heyman (55′, 66′) fired Canada into a massive lead.
Msipa Emmalulate managed to pull one back for Zimbabwe at the death, but it was nothing more than a consolation as the Africans bowed out of the competition with one point in the group stage.
Tuesday’s Olympic Women’s Football results:
Colombia 2-2 United States
New Zealand 0-3 France
South Africa 0-0 Brazil
China PR 0-0 Sweden
Germany 1-2 Canada
Australia 6-1 Zimbabwe