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British women football team knocked out by Canada

sports Updated: Aug 04, 2012 10:56 IST

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Great Britain's women saw their maiden Olympic football tournament end with a 2-0 quarter-final defeat by Canada in Coventry.

Just days after beating Brazil in front of a raucous crowd of more than 70,000 - a British record for a women's match - at Wembley Stadium, they were unable to reach the same heights against a Canada side coached by Englishman John Herdman on Friday.

Jonelle Filigno gave Canada an early lead before Christine Sinclair doubled their advantage before half-time with a curling free-kick.

Canada's win set up a semi-final clash with neighbours and reigning Olympic champions the United States at Manchester United's Old Trafford on Monday.

"I think we are in shock right now," said Sinclair. "To win the way we did, I'm just speechless."

Looking ahead to the semi-final, Sinclair added: "USA are obviously favourites for the tournament and are on fire right
now. But we know them very well and we deserve to be there."

Britain's Jill Scott while disappointed with the defeat said the experience of competing at an Olympics would remain
with her for ever.

"I have loved every moment. I will look back in years to come at what has been a very special time in my life."

Meanwhile world champions Japan ended Brazil's quest for a first Olympic women's football title with a 2-0 win in Cardiff.

Yuki Ogimi capitalised on poor Brazil defending to slot home in the 27th minute before Shinobu Ohno doubled their lead
17 minutes from time.

Japan will now play France at Wembley on Monday.