The 2016 Rio Olympic Games are about to kick off and with the Matildas competing we’ve all got our eyes on women’s football. Here’s five classic matches from the five Olympic women’s football tournaments.

 

1996: United States v China – Gold Medal Match

1996 was the first year women’s football was an event at the Olympic Games so it was a good year all round. The final was very exciting with the USA taking on China in the race to earn the first Olympic gold medal in women’s football. The two teams matched up earlier in the preliminary rounds and finished with a scoreless draw, creating a lot of hype heading into the final. The scores were tied 1-1 at half time but USA managed to come out on top, taking out the gold medal with a 2-1 result.

 

2000: Norway v United States – Gold Medal Match

The USA was back in the final again in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. USA went into the final undefeated, even having defeated Norway 2-0 in the first round. Norway went on to take the match 3-2 from a golden goal, handing the USA what would be their only gold medal upset in women’s football Olympic history to date.

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2004: United States v Brazil – Gold Medal Match

There were some great games of women’s football in the 2004 Olympic Games at Athens. I’ll give special mention to USA vs Greece which saw the home team cop a 7-0 defeat against the USA but the classic match of 2004 was the final when USA took on Brazil. The game was sent to extra time after the scores sat at 1-1 after 90 minutes but the USA took home gold with a 112th minute goal from Abby Wambach leaving them 2-1 up against their opponents.

 

2008: Brazil v Germany – Semi Final

Brazil took on Germany in the 2008 Semi Final and managed a convincing 4-1 victory. Germany headed into the Semi Final stage undefeated, sharing a 0-0 draw with Brazil in the preliminary stage, but were handed a huge upset that ended their 2008 Olympic dreams.

 

2012: United States v Canada – Semi Final

The North Americans stole the show in the 2012 Olympic women’s football Semi Final. Canada took on the USA in their attempt to upset their medal hopes for the first time. Canada put up a good fight, with Christine Sinclair scoring all three goals for her country, but extra time gave the USA the chance they needed to take the win with a late goal from Alex Morgan.

 

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