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Banyana gift Sweden 1-0 win in Rio opener after goalkeeping blunder

By AFP 3 August 2016

Banyana Banyana got their Olympic campaign off to a disappointing start, losing 1-0 to Sweden after a late goalkeeping blunder.

Sweden’s women claimed the first victory of the Olympic football tournament 1-0 over South Africa as Rio 2016 got off to an underwhelming start on Wednesday.

The sight of vast swathes of empty seats at the 60,000 capacity Olympic stadium in Rio will have embarrassed organisers at the first action of the Games.

Roxanne	Barker of South Africa claims ball from Linda Sembrant of Sweden during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games Women Football match between South Africa and Sweden at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 03 August 2016 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Nilla Fischer bundled home the only goal of the game after South African goalkeeper Roxanne Barker fumbled a cross to give the Swedes a perfect start. Sweden were superior in posession for most of the match, but could not turn that possession into goals.

The result means South Africa have yet to win an Olympic football match in their four finals appearances.

South Africa's Noko Matlou and Sweden's Lotta Schelin in action during the Women's First Round - Group E match at the Olympic Stadium, Brazil.  ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

A much bigger crowd is expected at the same venue later Wednesday when hosts Brazil take on China in the other game in Group E.

Both the men’s and women’s football tournaments are being staged in six cities across Brazil that also hosted the 2014 World Cup.

World champions and four-time gold medallists the United States begin their campaign later in Belo Horizonte against New Zealand before Colombia and France also face off in Group G.

Two-time world champions Germany are expected to sweep aside Zimbabwe in their Group F opener.

2015 World Cup quarter-finalists Canada and Australia complete a busy first day of action in Sao Paulo. DM

Jermaine Seoposenwe of South Africa (r) tackles Nilla Fischer of Sweden during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games Women Football match between South Africa and Sweden at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 03 August 2016 Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

 

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