Women’s football at the Tokyo Olympics is underway and a header from Ellen White’s double gave Team GB their second win of the competition.
It was White’s third of the event and seals Great Britain’s place in the quarter-finals. They now face Canada in Kashima to complete Group E on Tuesday.
Unlike in the men’s version where age limits apply, women’s teams can field their strongest, senior sides, so the women’s game sees the competition as a major tournament and gold medals are seen as the pinnacle of players’ careers.
When are Team GB’s games?
Great Britain take on Canada nearly 700 miles away in Kashima on July 27.
With 12 teams in the competition, the top two sides in each of the three groups will go through to the quarter-finals, along with the two best third-place teams.
The winners of GB’s group would take on a third-placed nation in Kashima on July 30, before potentially meeting the winners of the USA’s group in the semi-finals in Yokohama on August 2.
The runners-up in GB’s group will face the runners-up from Group F [Holland’s group] in the coastal town of Rifu on July 30, before colliding with the Group F winners on August 2 in Kashima.
The final, in Tokyo, will be played on August 6. Germany, 2016 gold-medal winners, have not qualified for the competition, but runners-up Sweden are in Group G and defeated long-standing rivals the USA 3-0 in their opening match.
Who is in the Team GB squad?
Goalkeepers: Ellie Roebuck (Manchester City and England), Carly Telford (Chelsea and England)
Defenders: Millie Bright (Chelsea and England); Lucy Bronze (Manchester City and England); Rachel Daly (Houston Dash and England); Steph Houghton (Manchester City and England); Demi Stokes (Manchester City and England); Leah Williamson (Arsenal and England)
Midfielders: Sophie Ingle (Chelsea and Wales); Kim Little (Arsenal and Scotland); Jill Scott (Manchester City and England); Keira Walsh (Manchester City and England); Caroline Weir (Manchester City and Scotland)
Forwards: Lauren Hemp (Manchester City and England); Fran Kirby (Chelsea and England); Nikita Parris (Arsenal and England); Georgia Stanway (Manchester City and England); Ellen White (Manchester City and England)
Reserve players: Sandy MacIver (Everton and England); Lotte Wubben-Moy (Arsenal and England); Niamh Charles (Chelsea and England); Ella Toone (Manchester United and England)
The women’s groups
Japan, Canada, Great Britain, Chile
China, Brazil, Zambia, Holland
Sweden, USA, Australia, New Zealand
GB’s result and fixtures
- GB 2 Chile 0
- Japan 0 GB 1
- Canada v GB, July 27 [12.00 midday BST]