The Rio 2016 Olympic games had its first football tournament match on Wednesday two days ahead of Friday’s opening ceremony because of a packed schedule.
It saw the Swedish women’s team winning 1-0 against South Africa in the opener, before host nation, Brazil beat China 3-0. During the game against South Africa, plenty of empty seats could be seen in the 60,000 seater venue at kick-off, although more fans arrived before Brazil’s game.
There are 42 Olympic sports disciplines, with 306 events over the course of 19 days of competition and over 11,000 athletes will compete in the first edition of the Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janerio.
Football is, however, the only sport that will be staged at venues across the country. The Swedish women’s team is ranked sixth in the world and they secured their decisive first win when Nilla Fischer bundled in a second-half goal after a goalkeeping mistake.
In the other matches played after the first football tournament match on Wednesday;
- Canada’s Janine Beckie scored after just 20 seconds against Australia, the fastest goal in Olympic women’s football history, as they won 2-0 at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paolo.
- Germany had no problems in their game against Zimbabwe, winning 6-1. At one point it was 2-1 but the African side tired towards the end of the match, conceding three goals in the final 16 minutes.
- The USA, who are attempting to win a fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal, started their campaign with a 2-0 win over debutants New Zealand.
- In the final match of the day, France cruised past Colombia 4-0. An own goal from Carolina Arias opened the scoring, followed by a header from Eugenie Le Sommer, and free-kicks from Camille Abily and Amel Majri.
The men’s competition, which is contested by under-23 teams, starts Thursday.