Saturday, 4 August 2012

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Team Great Britain's women saw their maiden Olympic football tournament end with a 2-0 quarter-final loss to Canada in Coventry yesterday. 

Just days after beating Brazil in front of a rasping 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. 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 forever. 

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

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