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Great Britain 3 (Stoney 18, J.Scott 23, Houghton 82) Cameroon 0
Great Britain booked themselves a place in the quarter finals of the Olympic Games football tournament as they cruised to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Cameroon at the Millennium Stadium.
Hope Powell's side never looked back after netting twice in a five-minute period and the only major concern was over the fitness of the players who were on the receiving end of a number of fierce challenges.
Team GB made a more assured and confident start to the game this time but it took until the 16th minute before they tested Annette Ngo Ndom in the Cameroon goal, Eniola Aluko trying her luck with a shot from the edge of the area which flew straight at the keeper.
However just two minutes later, GB were ahead following a foul near the touchline on Kelly Smith. Karen Carney swung the resulting free kick into the area and Ngo Ndom missed her punch under pressure from Steph Houghton and Jill Scott, allowing captain Casey Stoney a tap in at the far post after reacting quicker than a static Cameroon defence.
GB were well on top at this stage and very quickly doubled their advantage via a delightful move. Kelly Smith slid a pass into the area which was cleverly backheeled by Kim Little into the path of Jill Scott who gave Ngo Ndom no chance with a low drive into the corner of the net.
Great Britain continued to look dangerous from free kicks and set pieces, going close again as Carney's kick was met by Jill Scott whose header was tipped onto the post by Ngo Ndom.
A reckless challenge on Alex Scott led to yet another free kick on the edge of the area which was curled just wide by Kelly Smith. The GB taliswoman then turned provider moments later with a good pass for Little whose shot was saved.
Another free kick led to GB almost finding the net again but the overworked Ngo Ndom denied Houghton with an excellent save, tipping her header onto the post at full stretch. Cameroon had threatened little during the first half but almost pulled a goal back on the stroke of half time, Francine Zouga firing wide after having dispossessed Anita Asante.
GB made a substitution at the break with Rachel Yankey coming on for Smith and Little starting the second half up front. Cameroon meanwhile came out in a more positive mood as they tried to drag themselves back into the game.
Asante was unlucky not to extend GB's lead as she met Little's corner with a header which was cleared off the line by Bibi Medoua. However the midfielder was also caught in the face by a flying boot from Zouga and remarkably a penalty was not awarded.
Shortly afterwards, Asante was taken off as a precaution but worse was to come when Ifeoma Dieke fell awkwardly under a more innocuous challenge from Ajara Nchout. The Scottish defender appeared to twist her knee as she tried to hold off her opponent and was stretchered away from the pitch with Sophie Bradley taking her place.
Nchout shot wide from a rare opportunity for Cameroon but GB began to get back into their stride again after their enforced changes and Little was just off target from Eniola Aluko's pass. Little was starting to show her best form and she produced another well struck shot which brought out a good save from Ngo Ndom.
The third goal arrived with eight minutes left on the clock and Little was once again heavily involved, making her way into the area from Rachel Yankey's pass and although well closed down by the Cameroon defence, she laid the ball into the path of Houghton who powered a 20-yard strike into the corner for the net for her second goal in as many matches.
Their place in the last eight is now assured but GB will need to beat Brazil at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday if they are to finish on top of the group. After a promising start, the Brazilians are likely to be a step up in class of opponent and a stern test of GB's prospects for a medal challenge.
Great Britain: Karen Bardsley, Alex Scott, Steph Houghton, Jill Scott, Casey Stoney, Ifeoma Dieke (sub Sophie Bradley 68mins), Karen Carney, Anita Asante (sub Fara Williams 60mins), Kelly Smith (sub Rachel Yankey 45mins), Kim Little, Eniola Aluko. Subs not used: Rachel Brown, Claire Rafferty, Ellen White, Rachel Williams.
Cameroon: Annette Ngo Ndom, Christine Manie, Claudine Meffometou, Jeannette Yango (sub Ajara Nchout 62mins), Augustine Ejange, Francine Zouga, Gabrielle Onguene, Francoise Bella, Madeleine Ngono Mani (sub Gaelle Enganamouit 79mins), Bebey Bayene (sub Bibi Medoua 33mins), Adrienne Iven. Subs not used: Yvonne Leuko, Raissa Feudjio, Ysis Sonkeng, Reine Sosso.
Brazil are also through to the quarter finals after they defeated New Zealand 1-0 at the Millennium Stadium. However it took them until the 86th minute to break down the Football Ferns, Cristiane scoring the only goal of the game to keep her side on top of Group E on goal difference.
In Group F, Japan and Sweden remain level on points at the top of the table after they battled out a goalless draw at the City of Coventry Stadium, the Swedes producing a determined display to keep the World Champions at bay. Canada meanwhile put themselves in with a great chance of qualifying by running out 3-0 winners over South Africa, Melissa Tancredi giving them an early lead before Christine Sinclair sealed the victory with two second half goals.
United States have progressed serenely into the last eight after breezing to a 3-0 victory against Colombia at Hampden Park. Megan Rapinoe scored the only goal of the first half and strikes after the break from Abby Wambach and Carli Lloyd saw them home. France meanwhile hit back from their opening defeat to USA to beat Korea DPR 5-0 and climb above their opponents into second place. Laura Georges put them ahead on the stroke of half time and two goals in a two-minute period, midway through the second half, from Elodie Thomis and Marie-Laure Delie put them in control. Wendie Renard added the fourth and substitute Camille Catala rounded off the scoring.
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