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Football, Women

Date11 – 26 August 2004
StatusOlympic
LocationEthniko Kaftanzogleio Stadio Thessalonikis, Thessaloniki / Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Athina / Pampeloponnisiako Stadio, Patras / Pankritio Stadio, Iraklion / Panthessaliko Stadio, Volos
Participants166 from 10 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advance teams to single-elimination tournament of eight teams.

The women’s field was expanded from eight to ten teams, which gave the tournament an odd format as only two teams were eliminated in the group stage. Among them was 1996 silver medalist China, which was slaughtered by World Champion Germany 8-0. The first knockout round saw all favoured teams progress into the semis. The Germans, captained by star player Birgit Prinz, played 1996 champion United States, but trailed for most of the match. Only in stoppage time, the Germans levelled through Isabell Bachor. Heather O’Reilly scored the winner for the Americans nine minutes into sudden death overtime. The other 2003 World Cup finalist, Sweden, was also eliminated as Brazil moved to the final for the first time. As in Sydney, the decider went into overtime. Forward Abby Wambach headed in the winning goal three minutes away from penalty kicks.

PosNrTeamNOCWTLPts
1United StatesUSA5101612–4Gold
2BrazilBRA4021215–4Silver
3GermanyGER4011214–3Bronze
4SwedenSWE20364–5
5AustraliaAUS11243–4
6NigeriaNGR10233–4
7JapanJPN10232–3
8MexicoMEX01211–8
9People's Republic of ChinaCHN01111–9
10GreeceGRE00300–11

Preliminary Round (11 – 17 August 2004)

Group E (11 – 17 August 2004)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1SWE10132–2Q
2NGR10132–2Q
3JPN10131–1q

Match #1 11 Aug 18:00-19:50JPN 1 – 0SWE
Match #2 14 Aug 18:00-19:50NGR 1 – 0JPN
Match #3 17 Aug 18:00-19:50SWE 2 – 1NGR

Group F (11 – 17 August 2004)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1GER200610–0Q
2MEX01111–3Q
3CHN01111–9

Match #1 11 Aug 18:00-19:50GER 8 – 0CHN
Match #2 14 Aug 18:00-19:50CHN 1 – 1MEX
Match #3 17 Aug 18:00-19:50GER 2 – 0MEX

Group G (11 – 17 August 2004)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1USA21076–1Q
2BRA20168–2Q
3AUS11142–2q
4GRE00300–11

Match #1 11 Aug 18:00-19:50USA 3 – 0GRE
Match #2 1 2 11 Aug 18:00-19:50BRA 31 – 0AUS 4
Match #3 14 Aug 18:00-19:50USA 2 – 0BRA
Match #4 14 Aug 18:00-19:50AUS 1 – 0GRE
Match #5 17 Aug 18:00-19:50BRA 7 – 0GRE
Match #6 17 Aug 18:00-19:50AUS 1 – 1USA

Quarter-Finals (20 August 2004)

Match #1 20 Aug 18:00-19:50USA 2 – 1JPN
Match #2 20 Aug 18:00-19:50GER 2 – 1NGR
Match #3 20 Aug 21:00-22:50SWE 2 – 1AUS
Match #4 20 Aug 21:00-22:50BRA 5 – 0MEX

Semi-Finals (23 August 2004)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 23 Aug 18:00-20:10USA 2 – 1
AET
GER
Match #2 23 Aug 21:00-22:50BRA 1 – 0SWE

Final Round (26 August 2004)

Medal round.

Match 1/2 26 Aug 18:00-20:10USA 2 – 1
AET
BRA
Match 3/4 26 Aug 21:00-22:50GER 1 – 0SWE

Rankings

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