The Australian Women's National Team has made it to the elimination rounds of the 2016 Olympics, and their quarterfinal match against Brazil promises to be a great one.
Australia is one of two third place teams to advance to the quarterfinals, whereas Brazil finished first in their group with two wins and a draw.
Australia has been one of the underdogs during the 2016 Olympic Games. They haven't seen the Olympics since 2004 when the games were in their home country. They didn't win their first game this year against Canada, but they pulled out every ounce they had in themselves to earn an impressive draw against Germany and a win against Zimbabwe. The quarterfinalsare a whole different ball games.
Now, Australia has to face the best of the best. They have to pull out all the stops, and give it everything they have in them, individually, and as a whole, leaving it all on the pitch. They have nothing to lose in these games, and they face Brazil, a crowd favorite.
Brazil has soccer in its culture. It's literally their football. They are number one in their group and are thirsty for gold. In the 2012 London Olympics, comments were made that they were ‘too fat' to win gold by the head coach of Cameroon. They have more recent Olympic experience than Australia, and their record this year is obviously better.
They will certainly be a tough team to beat, but if Australia stays focused and doesn't allow Brazil to get under their skin, if they play strong from the first minute to the final whistle, they definitely have a shot.
Australia Women's National Team Roster
Goalkeepers: Lydia Williams (Houston Dash/Canberra United), Mackenzie Arnold (Perth Glory)
Defenders: Clare Polkinghorne (Brisbane Roar), Laura Alleway (Orlando Pride/Melbourne City), Alanna Kennedy (Western New York Flash/Sydney FC), Stephanie Catley (Orlando Pride/Melbourne City), Ellie Carpenter (Western Sydney Wanderers)
Midfielders: Elise Kellond-Knight (Potsdam Turbine), Emily van Egmond (FFC Frankfurt), Katrina Gorry (Brisbane Roar), Tameka Butt (Brisbane Roar), Caitlin Foord (Perth Glory), Chloe Logarzo (Eskilstuna United/Newcastle Jets)
Coach: Alen Stajcic
Brazil Women's National Team Roster
Goalkeepers: Bárbara, Aline
Defenders: Poliana, Rafaelle, Tamires, Erika, Fabiana, Monica
Midfielders: Andressa Alves, Betis, Andressa, Debora, Raquel, Formiga, Beatriz
Forwards: Isa, Cristiane, Marta