US, Brazil women footballers in last 8
THE United States and Brazil advanced to the quarter-finals of the women's football 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 per cent winning record after two goals from captain Melissa Tancredi secured a 2-1 upset victory over Germany and top spot in Group F.
Hosts Brazil rested seven starters, including influential captain Marta.
But despite dominating possession, they were held to a goalless draw by South Africa.
Still, the point for Brazil was enough to ensure top spot in Group E and set up a last-eight clash on Friday with Australia.
The latter advanced from Group F as one of the best third-placed teams, following a 6-1 thrashing of Zimbabwe.
Germany went through in second place in Group F.
They will now play China in the last eight after the latter drew 0-0 with Sweden in Group E.
The US will face the Swedes, who finished third in Group E.
Brazil are looking for their first gold medal in women's football after silver showings at the 2004 Athens Games and four years later in Beijing.
In both finals, they lost to the US whom they could face in the semi-finals.