GB women’s football looking for third win in Tokyo

After impressive wins in their first two games of Group E, Hege Riise’s side will be looking to carry that momentum into their final group game against Canada Women with a spot in the quarter-finals already guranteed.

Team GB have confirmed their path to the next round of this summer’s Olympic Games sitting the top of the group with six points, and tomorrow’s opposition Canada look assured in second on four points.

Ellen White has been the star player in attack for the British scoring all three goals so far in the tournament. The Manchester City forward has been pivotal, leading the line with her classy movement and finishing, including a scissor kick in the opener versus Chile.

The 2-0 win over the South American side was comfortable for Team GB as they dominated possession and faced only one shot on goal. Riise’s side showed exactly why they had come into the tournament as one of the favourites with their quality players and offensive tactics.

The next game proved to be more of a challenge as they came up against the host nation, Japan. Chances fell to both sides throughout, but it was the British on the right side of a 1-0 victory.

It was White who got the breakthrough in the 74th minute with her determined header which lobbed the goalkeeper. Her intelligence and quick reactions were typical of a quality striker needed to go far in such tournaments.

Team GB were able to keep a clean sheet against a strong Japanese side, with the hosts experiencing strong periods throughout. The solid defensive display from the British meant that they are the only side yet to concede a goal in the tournament.

The Canadians have also been impressive thus far under Bev Priestman, having not loss in their first two games, and with a win tomorrow putting them in first place.

The North American side will be disappointed not to have two wins out of two after being forced to share the spoils in their first game agianst Japan. A late equaliser in the 84th minute left the Canadians leaving the pitch frustrated.

The Canadian’s were able to secure three vital points in their second game versus Chile, which put them in a comfortable position to progress to the quarters.

Team GB will have to keep their eyes on winger Janine Beckie, who is one of Canada’s main goal threats. Despite missing a penalty in the first half, she was able to bag two goals just before and after half-time.

The goals were enough to see Canada through with a 2-1 victory over the South Americans. Beckie’s pace from wide and clinical finishing will be a worry that Riise will have to focus on tomorrow.

With Japan sitting three points behind in third, Canada know a point will confirm their passage to the quarter-finals. In the event of being overtaken by Japan, Canada are likely to progress as one of the two sides qualifying as a third placed best team.

However, first place is still up for grabs with three points for either side securing the position. Topping the group will give the side a more favourable tie as they will play third place from either Group F or Group G.

This advantage gives this top of the group clash an added incentive which is shaping up to be an exciting tie that will ultimately decide Group E. Both sides will be keen to top the group and carry that momentum into the all-important knockout stages.

The game will be available to watch via BBC One or on the iPlayer, with kick-off at 12pm.