Although the formal opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympics is tomorrow, the first sporting action of the 2016 Olympics started in a virtually empty stadium on yesterday with the women’s football.
Sweden won 1-0 against South Africa in the opener, before host nation Brazil beat China 3-0.
There were just a few hundred spectators in the 60,000 Rio Olympic Stadium for the kickoff of the first of six games taking place across the country.
The women’s football tournament launches what Brazilian fans hope will be a golden campaign for their men’s and women’s teams, who have never won an Olympic title.
“Although people say we don’t have to go and win the gold, for me, as someone who has played at other Olympics, won two silvers and come close to the gold, I think we are obliged to win it,” said Brazil striker Cristiane.
The first matches of the men’s tournament will take place today with Brazilian football sensation, Neymar spearheading the host nation’s quest for a first ever Olympic gold medal – the only international title every to elude the five-time World Cup winners.
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