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Women's Olympic Football Semi-final Preview: U.S and Japan's Long-awaited Confrontation May Spoiled by France
France (w) vs Japan (w) 06/08/2012-- 15:59:00 Wembley Stadium
Dark horse against the world champion
If we have to find out a dark horse in the semi-finals, the French team must the most likely one to be kicked out: their qualifying road proves the sharp rise of French women's football once again. They almost overturned United States in the group stage opener, then they won over North Korea and Columbia and then they beat European powerhouse Sweden in the quarter-finals. France have showed their impressive strength, which has been demonstrated in women's football World Cup of last year, they prove themselves in London under the leadership of the key players once again.
France's rival is Japan, who not only won the World Cup last year, shocking the world, but also performed well in current Olympics. Though they failed to overcome Sweden in the group stags, and even tied with South Africa in the last round, they still qualify easily by their performance in the first qualifier game against powerful opponent Brazil, which made Marta missed the Olympic gold medal once again.
The dark horse will fight the world champion on the Wembley's night. The game should not be boring, because both of the two teams' performance are expected by the audience.
French team are strong in the front pitch, and their offensive efficiency is not low. The guard's header and the two winger strikers' tactics works well.
Japanese team are good at controlling the game, the critical point in the clash of the two strong teams is that who can take advantages of their characteristics and limit the opponent and the key players' performance is also of decisive significance. If Japan and the U.S. team met again in the final, it's definitely a replica battle of the German World Cup.
Canada (w) vs USA (w) 06/08/2012 18:45:00 Old Trafford
North American Civil War, the Defending Champion Dominates
The other semi-final match will be hosted at the Theatre of Dreams-- Old Trafford, the suspense of the game may not as fascinating as the first game, but the match gets its unique aspect. The defending champion, the overlord of the women's football, United States will face Canada, a North American civil war is imminent. U.S. women's football team have many bright stars, they bring the young and old players together, the combination is not inferior to their opponent on physical, technical and tactical aspects. Compared to the integrated factors, the U.S team are more likely to qualify. What they need to do is to focus on themselves and try to perform their own advantages.
Naturally, the task of the England team, who made a breakthrough to eliminate host Great Britain to qualify for the semi-finals, is to find a way to compete their stronger rival.In fact, the Canadian team is in slow type. They lost the first battle, and they qualified third in the group after the game with two wins and a draw. But they beat the host out in the knockout stages and began to play better and better. A key figure Christine Sinclair of Canada play her state in the match, she will be a threatening weapon to the United States' goalkeeper. According to the past confrontation records, the U.S team has an absolute advantage, but the opponent still have the opportunity to score an upset once again.
In addition, the game has another main point that can not to be missed, for example, Abby Wambach has scored four goals in four games respectively in the London Olympics, will she continue her state and to break the Brazil football star Cristiane Rozeira's five goal record in single Olympics in the in Athens and Beijing Olympics? Besides, U.S. women's football team have never missed the finals since women's football joined the Olympic family in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, they are the champion in 1996, they are runner-up in the Sydney Olympics and they beat Brazil in both the Athens and the Beijing Olympics. Will they realize their dreams once again in London? At least they have to face Canada firstly.
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