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Football, Women

Date13 – 28 September 2000
StatusOlympic
LocationMelbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria / Bruce Stadium, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory / Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales
Participants124 from 8 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advance teams to single-elimination tournament of four teams.

As in 1996, seven of the quarter-finalists of the last World Cup were qualified for Sydney, which meant that the 1996 finalists - the United States and China - were drawn in the same pool with perennial stronghold Norway. The US, reigning World Champions, came out on top, with Norway also qualifying for the semis. The Scandinavians encountered Germany, and only won the match after a late own goal by Tina Wunderlich. The American squad dealt with the Brazilians, meaning the Americans and Norway would meet for the second time in the tournament. The Americans had won the first encounter 2-0, and scored early in the second game. Espeseth and Gulbrandsen then pulled Norway into the lead, only to see Tiffeny Milbrett score in the dying seconds of the match. As in their semi-final encounter in 1996, the match went into sudden death overtime. After 12 minutes, a pass by Hege Riise bounced off the arm of Dagny Mellgren, who then picked up the ball and scored the golden goal. The Americans protested the hands ball, but Canadian referee Sonia Denoncourt ruled it unintentional and hence legal.

PosNrTeamNOCWTLPts
1NorwayNOR401129–6Gold
2United StatesUSA311109–5Silver
3GermanyGER401128–2Bronze
4BrazilBRA20365–6
5People's Republic of ChinaCHN11145–4
6SwedenSWE01211–4
7AustraliaAUS01212–6
8NigeriaNGR00303–9

Preliminary Round (13 – 20 September 2000)

Group E (13 – 19 September 2000)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1GER30096–1Q
2BRA20165–3Q
3SWE01211–4
4AUS01212–6

Match #1 13 Sep 17:00BRA 2 – 0SWE
Match #2 13 Sep 17:00GER 3 – 0AUS
Match #3 16 Sep 17:30AUS 1 – 1SWE
Match #4 16 Sep 17:30GER 2 – 1BRA
Match #5 19 Sep 17:30GER 1 – 0SWE
Match #6 19 Sep 17:30BRA 2 – 1AUS

Group F (14 – 20 September 2000)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1USA21076–2Q
2NOR20165–4Q
3CHN11145–4
4NGR00303–9

Match #1 14 Sep 17:30USA 2 – 0NOR
Match #2 14 Sep 17:30CHN 3 – 1NGR
Match #3 17 Sep 17:30CHN 1 – 1USA
Match #4 17 Sep 17:30NOR 3 – 1NGR
Match #5 20 Sep 17:30USA 3 – 1NGR
Match #6 20 Sep 17:30NOR 2 – 1CHN

Semi-Finals (24 September 2000)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 24 Sep 17:30NOR 1 – 0GER
Match #2 24 Sep 17:30USA 1 – 0BRA

Final Round (28 September 2000)

Medal round.

Match 1/2 28 Sep 17:00NOR 3 – 2
AET
USA
Match 3/4 28 Sep 20:00GER 2 – 0BRA

Rankings

Goals
Shots
Shots on Goal
Fouls Committed
Yellow Cards
Red Cards