BBC One: Women's Football: Great Britain v New Zealand Olympics


BBC One: Women's Football: Great Britain v New Zealand

Live coverage from the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, as the Team GB women's football team face New Zealand. Gabby Logan is joined by England internationals Sue Smith and Faye White.


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The City of London. London have won # You shine like gold in the ear of

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summer # You shine like gold in the air of summer.

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GABBY LOGAN: We are so close now. It's today's until the opening

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ceremony Of London Olympics and this morning there torch made its

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way through iconic sporting venues as Gordon Banks, one of the heroes

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of 66, carried the flame down Wembley Way. But the first event of

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the 2012 Olympic games happens in Cardiff and it all starts in less

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than 30 minutes' time as Great Britain's women make history as the

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first women's team to play in an Olympics and the first sporting

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action of the 2012 Games. What a fantastic honour for Hope Powell's

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team to kick of the Olympics. With me this afternoon are two of

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England's most capped ladies, Faye White and Sue Smith, a regular

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pundit for us in the last few seasons. England have made great

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strides. Great to have both of you here. Like so many events coming up

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in the next two weeks, this match It's a landmark after informing his

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football in this country as Hope Powell's side play Great Britain's

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first ever competitive match. They will be hoping Kelly Smith cannot

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lead Great Britain in the same way she has done in countless times for

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England, the record goalscorer. In their way this afternoon are a New

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Zealand team who pushed England all the way in a controversial World

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Cup encounter last year. A crowd of 40,000 is expected at the

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Millennium Stadium this afternoon. Kick-off is just under half an

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hour's time. Hope Powell spoke of the kudos of being the first and

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the attention this team will garner so can they grasp this opportunity?

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We have our commentary team on the ground they at the Millennium

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Stadium but we can today at the Olympic Park and I don't believe it

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could look any better than it does right now. It's basking in the

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third degree heat and have enjoyed in the capital, and it's looking

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absolutely stunning. That is our studio from the outside. The

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athletics stadium with the opening ceremony is going to be is just

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behind me. The Aquatics Centre is just over there. Most of the

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athletes village is over their behind Sue Smith. In the distance,

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the bellowed drome. You will get used to it in the next two-and-a-

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half weeks, I'm sure -- the Velodrome. What an opportunity.

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This is the first action of the Olympics. All eyes on Team GB. Hope

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Powell has spoken about catching attention for the sport and

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hopefully get a generation girls involved. Definitely, I have been

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involved for 15 years at the moment like this is what we have been

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waiting for. Not only for the players individually but for the

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sport in general, to showcase it to the world. But also to inspire a

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little girl's who we were once, who just want to play football. There

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was politics about why we did not go to Beijing even though England-

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qualified. They are not he does because they are Great Britain, the

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host nation, but because there are world class side. How far can they

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go? Really far for the without wanting to sound a to cliche, they

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got to take every game at a time. That is their aim and if they can

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get a good quarter-final, that will be fantastic. They have got America,

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Brazil, Japan, some fantastic teams here that they have got to try and

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beat, but... Unprecedented home support. 40,000. You heard the

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figures for the game against Brazil was over 70,000 at Wembley.

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record of 76,000, I believe, in a canter. If we could fill Wembley,

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and surpass that, it would be unprecedented for a women's

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football. Hopefully they would be too nervous about it and they will

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use it to improve their performances. This is how the

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women's tournament at the Olympics shapes up, then. The USA are

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favourites. They have won at three of the four Games since women's

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football has introduced in 1996. Three groups of four teams with a

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top two in each group and the 8th two best third-placed teams going

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to the quarter-finals. The USA will be wary of Japan who won last

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year's World Cup final in Germany. Then they repeated it in March this

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year. Americans have already won their final qualifying Games with

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38 goals scored and none conceded. Great Britain's main rivals will be

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Brazil led by five time a player of the year, Marta. After today's game

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they will stay in Cardiff for the second match against Cameroon on

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Saturday afternoon. With the exception of the Scottish

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International's, the squad is the best ever teams are getting to know

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which other, it should be quite swift. Jackie has been to see how

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nerves, excitement and expectation At the Millennium Stadium in

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Cardiff is used to hosting major events but has never witnessed

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anything quite like this. For the first time ever, a great Britain's

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women's football team embark on their quest for Olympic gold.

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never felt as valued as an athlete as we have going to all the hotels,

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we have received gifts, cards, you know, the football kit we got was

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something I've never experienced before. It's amazing. For me, it's

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a lifetime opportunity. Last summer, star player Kelly Smith and her

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England team came from behind to beat New Zealand at the World Cup

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and in her new autobiography she describes their opponents's rough-

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house tactics as pretty dirty. was a bit rough and ready at times.

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My personal opinion, the referee did not know that in the bud early

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and it was allowed to go on so hopefully we will have a strong

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referee this time around and we won't pick up any injuries. It will

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be a tough game. They have improved a lot in the last 12 months. We

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expect a tough battle. Her most famous moment so far came with

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England five years ago at the World Cup in China. They did enough, in

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theory, to earn a place in the 2008 Olympics before politics denied

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them. It was frustrating when we qualified for reaching the quarter-

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finals of the World Cup but found dead, you know, couple of days

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after, we qualified for the Olympics and we were buzzing

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because we never had that opportunity before. The thought of

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going to Beijing and representing Great Britain was an amazing

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feeling. But, you know, it was kind of taken away from us and I think

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Sweden went in our place. That is in the past now. It was sad at the

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time that we have moved on now. We had a great Britain team at the

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Olympics, and we have got to embrace it, really, and hopefully,

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we will do well and the next Olympics, in four years' time,

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there will still be great Great Britain team. Two Scottish players

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have added quality to an England squad for the Games. Kim Little and

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Iffy Dieke are the new faces. kick it off, the Olympics, and it a

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great thing to be part of, but once it starts, it could, and every big

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game you always did a bit nervous but it a good thing, not a bad

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thing. Once the game starts from the first few minutes, you can

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settle down and after that, it should be OK. A lot of the English

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girls have played in the World Cups, but for me and Iffy, its daunting

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and exciting. I can't wait to get excited. I played with Kim Little

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in America by and playing with her for a season, I want to be on her

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team because she sees things other players don't and has very

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explosive and powerful. She has a great eye for a pass, so I'm glad

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she's here. She will definitely help. She will drive us forward.

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the captain, it a bit special for you on Wednesday when are you lead

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out of the side for the opening up the entire Olympics. No pressure on

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you there. No pressure at all! No, it's an honour to walk out leading

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the girls on Wednesday. For me, it will be normal, but at the same

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time, it will be business when the first ball is kicked. We have to

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make sure we do our jobs. Were you have lots of family and friends

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there? Yes, they will be there to support and they have been sending

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the tax measures to tell me how proud they are of May. That text

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messages. She slipped and the captain's armband right at the

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retired seamlessly and this is a similar job but this is slightly

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different, I wonder what you have been getting about this experience

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and have different to England? The use all their that the girls are

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trying to take it all in. -- you saw on that of BT, the girls are

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trying to take it all in. And mixing with the men in

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Middlesbrough. I think they have been doing a few social gains and

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things like that. I hear they won the quiz, which was good. Referring

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back briefly to Lisa, and that particular game, the World Cup

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match you were involved in last year in Germany when it New Zealand

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came out of the traps with quite a lot of energy. And dynamism.

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Obviously, Kelly was suggesting it was a bit of targeting in that game.

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We knew that that was their strength, their fitness and how

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hard and physical they are. She said that before the game but Kelly

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gets a lot of attention on her because of the player she is. They

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know she is a pivotal player for us but you should be used to that of I

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saw her ankle after the game and it was black and blue but she carried

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on in that tournament, and I'm surprised she could walk on it. She

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won for rhetoric to try to protect. And make it a football game rather

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than a physical game. That is what New Zealand want to do. They want

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to rough up the opposition but I think Team GB can do that as well.

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Don't underestimate the rain fitness. They have worked really

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hard on the sports science side and I think they will give just as good

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as New Zealand will. I think it will be a strong battle today.

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on the specifics of team selection in a moment. The great thing about

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football in the Olympics could be up to take the Games out of London

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and England. The Millennium Stadium is one of six stadiums and Wales

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has come out to enjoy the occasion. 40,000 fans will show their support

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for Team GB this afternoon at the Millennium Stadium and then they

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get a double header because Cameroon and Brazil play straight

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afterwards. Jackie has been out and about getting a flavour of the

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excitement. It's exciting to have a part of

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that in Wales and be a part of it and see the atmosphere. I've never

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been to a game before, and if the Olympics as well, so hopefully Team

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GB will win. It's a dream come true to see actually England hosting the

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Olympics and to be at the Olympics is fantastic. You know what Great

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Britain. Great Britain, sorry. fabulous. We would not get an

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opportunity to do this, so it's great it has come from this country.

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A where have you come from? Birmingham. I was expecting rain

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but there's no rain at all. Sunshine. We are a team at BT. --

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BG. We are behind Team GB. Just With all the expectation, let's

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hope they don't get the heebie- jeebies. Now, you couldn't wish for

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more experienced coach to take Great Britain through this

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tournament. Hope Powell has been England boss since 1998 and nine

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men have held the job England manager. Team GB poses a different

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challenge. First of well, you made one change to the team who played

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against Sweden on Friday with Karen Carney coming in. It was nothing of

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that Ellen White did wrong. Everybody has played well.

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Competition for places is fierce. Probably the strongest it has ever

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been. She offers more craft. The conditions are going to be hot

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today, so undoubtedly there will be some changes at half-time.

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Everybody has to be prepared for that but it is a squat thing. A bit

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more craft from Karen Carney, a bit more final product and hopefully

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she will produce today. It is sweltering out here today. How do

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you think it will affect the players? Well, it is the same for

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both teams, which is a blessing. I think these are conditions we are

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not used to. Since we have been together, this is the hottest day

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it has been in the last three days. It's got considerably hotter. We

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recognise what it is and we just have to get on with it boss will

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hopefully there will be enough water breaks to rehydrate the

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players in between. As I said, the conditions, at half-time, there

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will be changes. England came from behind to beat New Zealand and the

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World Cup nastier. They were very physical in that match. They have

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changed the coach since then. What I expecting from them? The a

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similar style for that we've looked at them a few times already this

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season and they have improved since the World Cup. They will be a tough

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physical side. A large part of their game is physicality, they are

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well conditioned, it will be tough and they will not let us settle on

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the ball. We have to move very quickly. And make them try to chase

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it. We have got to be on top of our New line is too early in England,

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but as coach of Team GB are starting the entire Olympics, what

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is it like? It is great, a real honour, hopefully a lot of people

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will come out to support today. The atmosphere has been fantastic. The

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coach arrived from the hotel to the stadium, two horses in front, that

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was a bit surreal. We are embracing the Olympic spirits, we are glad to

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be part of it. It was really funny, it's loaded down, it gave the fans

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the opportunity to way to the fans, it was different. We are loving

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every moment of it. Good luck. Apparently animals feature in the

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cold rain ceremony, so maybe we are We will talk more about the New

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Zealand side in a moment, but the 11 which started against Sweden on

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Friday at the Riverside, just one change, Karen Carney in for Ellen

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White, we will talk about that in a second, but the lady herself, Kelly

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Smith, who has come through this year, CBE, a quite dramatic injury.

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Their fitness was doubtful a month We desperately wanted her to get

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back, she has worked ever so hard, and she is looking fit, sharp. We

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watched her in the warm-up game against Sweden, she did not

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complete the whole game, but it was a good 70 minutes, which is what we

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needed. She can change the game, she is creative, she can score

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goals. 45 goals for England, we saw an example on Friday how she will

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have a shot from 40 yards out, magnificent power. She is so

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confident in her own ability, even coming back from an injury, but she

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gives everyone else confidence in the team as well. If you are in the

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opposition changing room, if Kelly Smith is in the team, they take a

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step back and the focus comes on her. She played well with Kim

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Little, it looks like it could be a nice partnership. They are similar

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inability on the ball, their vision, their ability to pass to other

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players. I cannot wait. They have had a bit of experience playing

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around Arsenal, certainly training when Kelly used to come back from

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America to train with Arsenal, so they have a good understanding, but

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it is about trying to get Kim Little on the ball so Kelly does

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not have to drop to deeper into midfield to pick up the ball itself.

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She is one of the global stars of the game. Iffy Dieke, one of two

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Scottish faces in the line-up, she made a great impression at the

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Riverside, she could be a great partnership at the back. I was

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really impressed with her, she has come in as a Scottish player. The

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majority are English, but she and Casey Stoney have formed a very

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good relationship. She is a great defender, quick and very calm with

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the ball, and that is what you need, calmness from the back, and that

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filters through the ranks. Very briefly, can you see what Hope

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Powell is thinking about Karen. she is more tricky, likely to take

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players on down the wing, plus she can cut inside and link up with

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Kelly and Kim. Ellen is more of a workhorse for the team. Strong

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bench, anyway. Let's head to Cardiff to sample the atmosphere

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inside the Millennium Stadium, where Jacqui Oatley is pitch-side

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with Lucy Ward. Team GB women are opening up the entire Olympics, and

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they are having to do it in the baking heat, how will that affect

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the nervous? It is incredibly hard, but it will be worse than there,

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and add that to the nerves, they are the first athletes of the

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London Olympics, and whoever gets used to that first of the dominant

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in the game. Nine English in the team, Jay Scots, no Welsh.

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Little is used to playing with a lot of these players, and they are

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very good, and they both start today, and it shows you how

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important they are to the Team GB squad. You were with them in

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Dresden when they came from behind to beat New Zealand, what are you

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expecting from today? New Zealand want to win and will do anything

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they can to stop Team GB's good players, and that is what happened

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in Dresden, and that is what will happen today. They have put out a

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really physical team. Enjoy the game. Let's remind ourselves of the

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Their coach has got a very experienced squad to choose from,

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13 on professional contracts. Amber Hearn score the winner when they

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overcame China early in the air, which showed the kind of strides

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they have been making. She spent time at Arsenal earlier in our

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Yes, she was very good for us, she spent about a year before she went

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to Doncaster, I think. She did she is very hard running, talk, so very

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good in the air, she will be tricky, she will sit behind the front two

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for New Zealand. She will be hard to pick up, and it will be Anita

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Asante who will have to shoulder her. She will be the main attacking

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threat. Hayley Moorwood pays for Chelsea. Yes, she has been captain,

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she is not captain today, but she knows her role, has to break the

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play down, past the ball out wide, and she will be very influential

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for them today. Overall, a dynamic side, the New Zealand team. The

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weather may sat a bit of energy, but otherwise we are expecting it

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both teams are ready for that, and hopefully they have dehydrating,

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because that will be very important. They have been according to their

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texts dialogue! Let's get on with it, the first sporting action of

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the 2012 Olympic games, let's cross to Cardiff. Lucy Ward and Guy

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Mowbray are there, this is as close as you and I are going to get to

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saying, led the Games begin, I will let you have the honour. Honour? It

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is a word we have heard a great deal as the build-up to the Olympic

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Games has intensified, and now they are here. The official opening

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ceremony is still two days away, and the honour are being the first

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at least to take to the biggest sporting stage of all calls to the

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Women footballers of Great Britain and New Zealand. And it is an

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honour for South Wales, too. London 2012 is starting in Cardiff, and we

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and enjoying what we are about to say, perhaps not so perfect for the

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players. They are going to have to take regular breaks to take on a

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liquid. It is well above 70 degrees Fahrenheit, and it will be

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considerably harder at pitch level in this great ball of a stadium. Of

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course, before the action, we will stand and observe the national

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# In the bonds of love we meet # Hear our voices, we entreat

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 62 seconds

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# Guard Pacific's triple star # Send her victorious

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 62 seconds

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people out! We will be hearing the long version throughout the Olympic

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Games. You can feel the tension, you could see and hear the nerves

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in the voices as those anthems were played, and this is it, this is the

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culmination of an awful lot of hard today, Britain normally wear navy

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blue, but all in white. New Zealand, who often wear All Whites, are

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wearing a familiar New Zealand sporting colour, All Black. For

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Englishman, Tony Readings. Hope Powell has been the England coach

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for some time and sees it as a great honour that she has been

:27:11.:27:21.
:27:21.:27:24.

chosen to take charge of Great States, Kari Seitz, one of the most

:27:24.:27:34.

experienced women officials anywhere in the world. Veronica

:27:34.:27:41.

Perez and Marlene Duffy are helping her with the flags. The four

:27:41.:27:45.

officials from Mexico. This is the Great Britain team making history

:27:45.:27:51.

as the first great British team to play in the Olympics. If the Dieke

:27:51.:27:57.

shone in a warm-up match against Sweden on Friday. Karen Carney

:27:57.:28:01.

comes in, she is the one change, Ellen White is on the substitutes

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it ramps up an extra notch. In terms of previous Olympic

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experience, it is very much advantage New Zealand. Only two of

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the starting line-up were not involved in Beijing four years ago,

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Hannah Wilkinson scored in the World Cup in Germany last year.

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Gregorius put them ahead against an England side that featured the bulk

:28:43.:28:49.

of Team GB. Hayley Moorwood plays in Chelsea. Ria Percival is

:28:49.:28:52.

English-born and only moved to the other side of the world in her

:28:52.:29:00.

teens. Tony Readings move out to New Zealand in 2003, first to play

:29:00.:29:02.

professionally for North Shore United, then to take up teaching,

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and very quickly to take up a post with the New Zealand Football

:29:07.:29:11.

Association, and he has risen up through the ranks. He took over

:29:11.:29:17.

from fellow Englishman John Herdman only last year. You will also see

:29:17.:29:27.
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him at his Olympic Games as the ball, the Albert! That is the name

:29:36.:29:41.

of it. Robert Ashworth from Derbyshire, one of over 12,000

:29:41.:29:51.
:29:51.:30:09.

suggestions from the public, Albert this heat. They will want to get it

:30:09.:30:19.
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two weeks of unmissable sporting endeavour. You may not think of

:30:21.:30:24.

football first in the Olympics, but these players do. Women's

:30:24.:30:30.

international football, this is even bigger than the World Cup. An

:30:30.:30:33.

open air competition and a chance to be a gold medal Olympian at the

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international football, it should not worry her too much. Lucy is

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alongside me, as ever, for these big international football

:30:48.:30:53.

occasions. New Zealand are looking dangerous. There could be a chance

:30:53.:31:00.

early on it. The Team GB defenders combine to keep out Hannah

:31:00.:31:04.

Wilkinson. Are they have so much experience through their team.

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they do. And this is a massive occasion. I'm taking deep breaths

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when I watched them sing the national anthem because it's a

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nervous occasion, so they have got to get rid of those pretty quickly

:31:16.:31:22.

because they want to start the Olympics with a victory. Hayley

:31:22.:31:26.

Moorwood, who captained the New Zealand team at the last Olympic

:31:27.:31:33.

Games. Iffy Dieke. Hannah Wilkinson went in there. Perhaps that the

:31:33.:31:38.

first sign of the physical nature of New Zealand's play. That's what

:31:38.:31:47.

Kelly player -- Kelly Smith was talking about. Yes, Hannah

:31:47.:31:52.

Wilkinson is taller than the two Team GB centre halves, and they

:31:52.:32:02.
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will want to use that to get the Zealand. Eniola Aluko has got pace

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to burn. Percival. Wilkinson, to herself the last World Cup by

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scoring a 2-2 draw against Mexico to see it New Zealand's first ever

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point at the finals. You get a sense that the nerves are with Team

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GB, and so they should beat. They are in Wales, and New Zealand have

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come to spoil the party and they will be focused on that. There is

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no pressure on them at all, in their eyes. Kicks at half way. A

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little touch on the Amber Hearn, which sends it to the ground. And a

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yellow card straight away. Let's see what the locals make of that.

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If you said that stand at three minutes, you have got to go through

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with it. I suspect we will see a lot of yellow cards in this game. I

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don't know whether, I don't think it is meant by a Anita Asante day

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but for the rest of the game she has got to be really careful. --

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Anita Asante. A Great Britain player gets her name taken first.

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Riley. It is put wide of. It was an opportunity for Amber Hearn, who is

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the leading goal threat in the New Zealand team. A great ball in and

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she was arguing that perhaps it could be a corner to New Zealand,

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but it may have come of her last. It's great for New Zealand. Good

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work by ports and to defend, just enough to put her off. -- Stephanie

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that time. Team GB need to relieve a little bit of pressure on the

:34:45.:34:52.

back four. The two midfielders are feeling nervous, as they should do.

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The other team are having to get through quite a bit of defending in

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the early stages. Judging by what we saw in their final game, against

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Sweden, at the Riverside Ground last Friday, it's the real strength

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of the team. 0-0 draw against the strongly fancied Swedes. They did

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really well on Friday to defend. Not so great going forward. But you

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can look at that. The key thing is you keep a clean sheet in Games

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like this. Purser ball. Cheers from from Kirsty Yallop. Riley again,

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who was a doubt for the game last week at an ankle problem. She was

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passed fit to play. An important player. Twice voted women's player

:35:57.:36:04.

of the year. The formation using and applying it, the diamond in

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midfield, is really difficult to pick up for Team GB and it's not

:36:08.:36:10.

flexible which means players can pick the ball up between the lines

:36:10.:36:19.

of play. Great ball from Riley. It came off Amber Hearn. It was left

:36:19.:36:25.

to to Dieke to put it out. Amber Hearn is looking a real threat for

:36:25.:36:29.

New Zealand. They are looking a real threat, New Zealand. Team GB

:36:29.:36:39.
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have got to be up for that. Kim not the execution of the pass.

:36:53.:36:56.

encourages his team to pass the ball round. This system lends

:36:56.:37:02.

itself to that. They started off very, very well. They have got the

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Blackshirts on and will be the heart of the two teams. We talked

:37:06.:37:10.

about who would adapt quickest to the heat. New Zealand, so far.

:37:10.:37:18.

Heading towards Sarah Gregorius, who is allowed to turn and is then

:37:18.:37:21.

stopped in their tracks by Casey Stoney. Difficulty getting the ball

:37:21.:37:27.

away, and making sure it stays away. Hope Powell is ushering her players

:37:27.:37:34.

forward. Back it comes with Amber Hearn. Backtracking from Jill Scott.

:37:34.:37:39.

Now Eniola Aluko, who likes to play one way, looking forward down up

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Steph Houghton. Lost the ball initially to Hayley Moorwood. This

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is the strong at looking Wilkinson, trying to leave Dieke behind. Sarah

:38:03.:38:13.
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Gregorius is in the centre. Casey fortunate not to have her name

:38:16.:38:20.

taken. The referee waved her hand over her pocket as if she is going

:38:20.:38:23.

to do that. For the good of the game, we don't want to see many

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yellow cards, particularly in the herself and she ran into that.

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Nothing there. Scott. I think, already, we have seen more of the

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field in midfield than the entire game against Sweden on Friday, Kim

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Little. She takes the game and she's a quality player. I'm sure we

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will see the best of her in the game under control. Back to Jenny

:39:05.:39:13.

Bindon, 39 years old from the Zealand. There is hope for me yet!

:39:13.:39:18.

Steady on. I have to take up goalkeeping first. I was going to

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save. Given away. Given away cheaply. They rather got away with

:39:23.:39:33.
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it. The ball comes back from Katie anticipating what she was going to

:39:54.:39:57.

do before making sure she took possession of the ball. Casey

:39:58.:40:04.

Stoney, that's a good ball out to Scott. Possession is back with New

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Zealand, in the form of Amber Hearn. country. Not Wales, of course, that

:40:19.:40:26.

England, with Arsenal and Doncaster. It's a similar style of play. It's

:40:26.:40:30.

a good game for Team GB to start with because it's a similar style

:40:30.:40:34.

to what we would expect in this country. New Zealand are tough

:40:34.:40:41.

competitors. Athletic, as well. Abbey Erceg. In the last World Cup,

:40:41.:40:45.

we watched England play against New Zealand and I remember as remarking

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on what a total team New Zealand were. You look at set-pieces, what

:40:52.:40:58.

is happening, Steph Houghton is not that small but in that New Zealand

:40:58.:41:04.

I have player after player who was 5 ft 10, by put 11, and six feet.

:41:04.:41:10.

In the women's game, that's told, and it a distinct advantage. Karen

:41:10.:41:20.
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temperatures, that there would players to keep on running under

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pressure. That would just be wasted energy. Wasted energy. They have

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got a game plan they will stick to New Zealand. Picking it up there is

:41:44.:41:54.
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one of them. Good tackle from Dieke. Eniola Aluko, for her liking, she

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has spent far too much time basing her own goal so far. That smell

:41:59.:42:02.

like good ball that Kelly Smith, who has not been in the game. She

:42:02.:42:07.

has a chance to fire one up over to Rachel Carmaine. Rebecca smith

:42:07.:42:13.

tried to stop there, but couldn't. That is what Kelly Smith can do.

:42:13.:42:17.

Much better for Team GB. It raises the crowd as well, and gives the

:42:17.:42:23.

team confidence. A great first touch by a Eniola Aluko but great

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defending. When Kelly Smith gets the ball, something seems to happen.

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It does for England and it looks like it will fall off the Great

:42:31.:42:38.

Britain team. Kim Little's Little. Casey Stoney not able to hit it

:42:38.:42:44.

first time and goes around the long wait round to put it in. A great

:42:44.:42:51.

pearl by Casey Stoney to put it in it. -- a great ball. She just

:42:51.:42:56.

needed somebody to put themselves on the end of it. Kelly Smith could

:42:56.:43:06.

not quite get it. Now Kim Little. Great Britain's best speller the

:43:06.:43:12.

match by far, to some distance. In the crowd, the noise level rises.

:43:12.:43:17.

The shot sales high and wide. That's what Team GB needed. Be

:43:17.:43:21.

brave, seize the moment of this game thought of as soon as you get

:43:21.:43:28.

into the New Zealand half, you can see Eniola Aluko's speed but it did

:43:28.:43:33.

not match the quality of the build- up, but it livened the crowd and

:43:33.:43:39.

the girls will have more confidence. She has seen it these days, good

:43:39.:43:49.
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boy, as a wide player rather than a last few years, Kelly Smith has

:43:57.:44:01.

scored more than anybody else but the goals have been spread around

:44:01.:44:06.

the team through midfield and attack. Yes, that is good for the

:44:06.:44:12.

team. It creates goals as well as scoring them. Kim Little on the

:44:12.:44:22.
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ball now. Rachel Carney to the feet of Jill Scott. Cleared by a or pub.

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They seem to have got over the nerves of the first few minutes,

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the host nation -- cleared by a Abbey Erceg. Here is Sarah

:44:33.:44:40.

Gregorius. A good tackle by Steph Houghton. I've got the feeling, we

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will be saying that a lot as the tournament progresses. She is a

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strong player. Not on her strongest side, but athletic and a defence

:44:51.:44:57.

very well. It's a big occasion, though both sets of players,

:44:57.:45:01.

particularly in your home country. I think that has got to play as

:45:01.:45:07.

part in the first 50 minutes. It was always going to. Tony played

:45:07.:45:11.

for a FC but then, when the club rose from the ashes of the former

:45:11.:45:15.

Wimbledon. He was actually captain of the first ever competitive game.

:45:15.:45:25.
:45:25.:45:31.

He combined Counties Premier. That career on the other side of the

:45:31.:45:34.

touchline for himself in New Zealand. I bet he did not know

:45:34.:45:39.

which and then to sing. Jill Scott's long legs got on the end of

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that, as the same time as Hoyle stretched for it. The referee is a

:45:46.:45:51.

free-kick, I'm not sure, but take it. I am sitting on the fence.

:45:51.:45:54.

was the angle of attack which she objective to, nothing wrong with

:45:54.:46:04.
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goalkeeper think and made a mistake! Nobody in the Centre for

:46:17.:46:22.

Great Britain. Kelly Smith realised that, she was having to hang on to

:46:22.:46:30.

it, and in the end she caught the heels of Ali Riley. That is why it

:46:30.:46:34.

is a free kick to New Zealand. Eight great break by Team GB, I

:46:34.:46:37.

caught the keeper would come out earlier, she was caught in two

:46:37.:46:42.

minds. Fantastic defending, got her body in front of Kelly Smith. In

:46:42.:46:49.

the end, she gave away a free-kick. Kelly Smith, 111 England games, 45

:46:49.:46:52.

goals in those. The highlight of her career to date came at the

:46:52.:47:02.
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World Cup in China in 2007 when she of New Zealanders wearing the

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:47:35.:47:39.

herself, but it is better where it is now, good defending. Now they

:47:39.:47:49.
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the referee has seen that. Ria Percival was the culprit. Kim

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Little is having a word about it. If the referee had not given a

:48:08.:48:12.

yellow card, nobody would be complaining about these free kicks.

:48:12.:48:16.

But strong challenges since have not seen the production of a yellow

:48:16.:48:24.

card. New line one-for-three at the start of a game. -- you like one

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for free. She should have kicked somebody up in the air in the first

:48:28.:48:38.
:48:38.:48:56.

foul count is mounting, Jill Scott that time. No surprise to see her

:48:56.:49:06.
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name taken at some point during as she would have wanted. You could

:49:08.:49:13.

see what she was trying to do, but she will be a thorn in the side for

:49:13.:49:20.

the centre halves of Team GB. Karen Bardsley did well, stayed on a line,

:49:20.:49:30.
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it is deflected behind, Great Britain corner. Alex Scott is so

:49:41.:49:43.

effective when she gets a chance to burst into the opposition penalty

:49:43.:49:53.
:49:53.:49:56.

some people may have gone down for. She managed to get the ball across,

:49:56.:50:06.
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will be able to keep the pressure on. The referee looked like she

:50:40.:50:50.
:50:50.:50:58.

in favour of Team GB, give the Steph Houghton shoot from distance

:50:58.:51:08.
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of action was to palm it behind. I do not know whether it was on

:51:13.:51:17.

target, but the goalkeeper did not want to take any chances at will.

:51:17.:51:22.

Well, Steph Houghton, one of the best strikers of the ball in this

:51:22.:51:25.

Watt. I am not sure, that might have sneaked in, that is good

:51:25.:51:35.
:51:35.:51:40.

goalkeeping. Good pressure by Team Eniola Aluko. Looking for an

:51:40.:51:50.
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opportunity to throw it in with the Bindon, cleared by Rebecca Smith.

:51:56.:52:00.

She was on the floor, and she got up quickly to parry the shot from

:52:00.:52:10.
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Eniola Aluko, which was hit pretty pressure, you have got to hit that

:52:19.:52:29.
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for some time, an American by birth, from Illinois, but she married a

:52:46.:52:50.

Kiwi, her husband Grant used to be the captain of the New Zealand

:52:50.:53:00.
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volleyball team. Tall children, -- crosses. She is happy to let

:53:17.:53:26.

little bit in the last 10 minutes or so. It has been great to watch

:53:26.:53:29.

in terms of the momentum blowing to each team, and the team under

:53:29.:53:34.

pressure looks nervous, whether it is New Zealand or Team GB. Whoever

:53:34.:53:44.
:53:44.:53:49.

is on top, they can make simple attempt to win the ball back.

:53:49.:53:59.
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is a big girl, difficult to get Anita Asante has got to watch their

:54:02.:54:05.

step. She brushed into the back of Hayley Moorwood. A player like that,

:54:06.:54:10.

she feels a touch on outback, an absolute sharp! You do not know

:54:10.:54:15.

what the referee is going to do. She has got to be careful. The last

:54:15.:54:18.

thing that Team GB want is to be playing with 10 players in this

:54:18.:54:28.
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she was sent off against England in 2008. She was captain of the New

:55:07.:55:17.
:55:17.:55:24.

looking to aggravate Anita Asante a little bit, because he can do

:55:24.:55:27.

things to players who are on yellow cards to try to provoke more

:55:27.:55:33.

reaction. But she is cool, calm and collected, Anita Asante. She will

:55:33.:55:43.
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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 62 seconds

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get wound up, but she needs to be end, she was just making sure it

:56:23.:56:28.

went right the way across the face. It was not likely to reach Eniola

:56:28.:56:34.

Aluko. The keeper got a touch. Good play from Kelly Smith. To get into

:56:34.:56:38.

that position, you think you're just in front of goal and you may

:56:38.:56:44.

score, not good enough there. Excellent running by Alex Scott.

:56:44.:56:47.

Much has been made, Lucy, of how British players would react to

:56:48.:56:51.

playing in front of crowds is big on their home turf, but it is worth

:56:51.:56:55.

remembering that most have played at the last couple of World Cups,

:56:55.:56:59.

European Championships. They have experienced the crowds. The Chinese

:56:59.:57:03.

crowd was so loud that it was unbelievable, so these girls are

:57:03.:57:07.

used to it. They need to harness the nose and the energy from the

:57:07.:57:10.

ground and bring it into the game. They will start to do that once the

:57:10.:57:16.

initial bid is over and they do what they do naturally. The crowd

:57:16.:57:21.

has been getting behind the home team. There will be some

:57:21.:57:27.

disappointment that there are no Welsh players involved,

:57:28.:57:30.

particularly in midfield and the striker who will be aggrieved that

:57:30.:57:37.

they did not make the cut. Hope Powell made it clear that she was

:57:37.:57:41.

picking face election regardless of the country's, it was all down to

:57:41.:57:51.
:57:51.:57:59.

ability. -- a selection regardless weekend as women's player of the

:57:59.:58:04.

year for 2011. That is obviously a real honour for her, she has read

:58:04.:58:08.

her country very well, a strong, physical centre half. Another one

:58:08.:58:18.

born in the US, California. Player of the year for 2011. They were on

:58:18.:58:28.
:58:28.:58:31.

started. We have not had the first goal of the women's football

:58:32.:58:37.

tournament yet. It has been a very decent watch. New Zealand started

:58:37.:58:41.

the brighter of the two teams, but Great Britain have got themselves

:58:41.:58:44.

back into it and arguably threatened that little bit more.

:58:44.:58:51.

They have had the more obvious chances, nothing clear cut but New

:58:51.:58:56.

Zealand look threatening going forward, and that is key for the

:58:56.:59:06.
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defenders of Team GB. Here is Smith, who liked the build up,

:59:06.:59:12.

though. Similar to Friday, the way you play with Kelly Smith, you get

:59:12.:59:16.

it in front of her, get it to her feet. Running on two balls like

:59:16.:59:21.

that does not really suit hair game. 33 now, and increasingly we have

:59:21.:59:25.

seen her play in the Kim Little role behind the main striker, but

:59:25.:59:29.

now back to being the main striker for what may be her international

:59:29.:59:33.

swansong. She has been a terrific player over the years, but Kim

:59:33.:59:37.

Little has been very effective, and now we need Kelly further forward,

:59:37.:59:47.
:59:47.:00:04.

but you have got to give her the 22, Abbey Erceg. That's ridiculous.

:00:04.:00:08.

That's like playing every week. It's a good experience, though.

:00:08.:00:17.

did not deceive Dieke. Clever play. A little header by Casey Stoney.

:00:17.:00:21.

Good build up. She had to let it through her legs but a little

:00:21.:00:26.

harder by Casey's donor. Thank for the goalkeeper came out, I'm sure.

:00:27.:00:36.
:00:37.:00:41.

New Zealand have come so far, having taken over from Australia as

:00:41.:00:47.

the leading team from that part of the world, Australia playing the

:00:47.:00:52.

Asian section of international competitions, they beat the USA in

:00:52.:01:02.
:01:02.:01:04.

Dallas in February. It was Tony Readings first game in charge.

:01:04.:01:08.

There is always a story, isn't there? To get that close to the USA,

:01:08.:01:11.

they were favourites for this Olympic tournament. It's pretty

:01:11.:01:21.
:01:21.:01:56.

good and shows how far they have have got to move the ball quicker

:01:56.:01:59.

in the final third. She was surrounded by New Zealand defenders

:01:59.:02:05.

and did not know what to do next. Kelly Smith needs to put the ball

:02:05.:02:14.

in the box because there were players there who will score.

:02:14.:02:21.

problem for stage just -- a problem there for Sarah Gregorius. All six

:02:21.:02:25.

foot one of her. You get the feeling she is frustrated but other

:02:25.:02:30.

players in the team are not on her level. Yes, she wanted the ball

:02:30.:02:35.

earlier. Good play by the New Zealand back four. She needed that

:02:35.:02:40.

ball earlier. And then did not expected when it came to her.

:02:40.:02:50.
:02:50.:02:56.

leader. She moved to Germany after impressing after the World Cup in

:02:56.:03:06.
:03:06.:03:07.

Germany a year ago. A great name, as well. Here is Abbey Erceg.

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Straight into Anita Asante. Kim Little helped it on that for Eniola

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Aluko. Smith waits in the centre. This is off the post. The closest

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we have come. Anita Asante, nearly made history. He should decide

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quickly what is going to do. Just get the post of. Everybody here

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thought it was going to go in. She ended up with a clear header, Anita

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Asante. A little kiss for the post. Thank you very much. She scored one

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goal in 50 by Games for England and became over seven years ago. Yes,

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but her name was in lights there. -- -- he scored one goal in 55

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Games for England. I don't think she will get a better chance than

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that. She won't. She did well. She got it towards goal and that's what

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you can expect. Just a little bit keep it. She did really well.

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that has given Eniola Aluko a buzz as well. When she gets going, she's

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very difficult to catch. She has added a few extra % to a game today.

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The Olympics has arrived. She was trying to arrive with it. That is a

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peach of a pass. Alex Scott. Jill work the corner and she has got it.

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Yes, nothing Scott could do. But she has got something on it. And

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that's positive. Heroine of the hour for England against New

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Zealand in the World Cup last year. position in this one for Team GB.

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In the six-yard box. Kelly Smith's contested. A great little ball into

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the near post. But Steph Houghton is a good header of the ball. Let's

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Anita Asante. She has had a better one. That one, really should have

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been taken. She tried to get it. Tried to change the direction of

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the ball then but all she needed to do was to get her head firmly on it.

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Oh, just over the bar. Would you believe it? Two golden chances for

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Great Britain and they have fallen to the same player, a player who

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scores only in a blue moon. She got herself on to it but look at it.

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Casey Stoney was going through the motions. I think Anita Asante had

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every right to go for it. Yes, you don't wait for somebody else, just

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in case they don't. Good effort. ball had a bit of check on it. It

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was nice for her. You can't beat Casey Stoney for skill. The captain

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is a little bit too wily to be Riley. Here is Smith. All the way

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stuff there. Alex Scott inside. She shoots and only just Mrs! Across

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the face of goal again. Great Britain coming close again. It's a

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good club their all into Alex Scott but I don't know whether she should

:08:15.:08:21.

have trusted her left foot and had a go. It was always moving away

:08:21.:08:27.

from goal, the ball. She will never school a better goal than the one

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she is good for Arsenal in the UEFA Cup final against Sweden a few

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years ago. Dig that run out on the internet if you can have. She has

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got a good left foot, as well, which is why I am so surprised she

:08:39.:08:49.
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Scottish players have a fit in with this largely England side

:08:52.:08:59.

representing Team GB, seamlessly. Yes, they are good quality players.

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Jill Scott is starting to get involved a little bit more. Back

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got to make the most of this. just thinking that now is the time

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to score because the momentum it will shift back to New Zealand at

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some point are doing this game but when you're on top, you have to get

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this important goal. Reilly was unlucky to slice the ball behind. A

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corner has already been taken. Alex Scott, another good shot. It is

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Anita Asante again have. She could have had a hat-trick. She has not

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got anything. I can see her there, as the ball came across, she was

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determined to get on the end of it, but did not get the right

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connection. She headed the ball into the direction she was facing.

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She is smiling. She will take an awful lot of ribbing at half-time.

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Yes, she's never usually in opposition but she has agreed

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chances. She's played centre-back for so much of her career. She has

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played in midfield for England before and four club sides, playing

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in cerise and -- in Sweden with the Gothenburg team. Andy Riley. She

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They are all very well set-up and well run leagues. These girls

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appear a lot on the world stage. They are wanted by the best leagues

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in the world. It's a shame about the USA league but it has been

:11:16.:11:26.
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positive there the other leagues in play. There is extra confidence

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about it as the game has gone on. Yes, a lot more energy. Karen

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Carney has got involved more. Kim Little is making those runs from

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midfield. It's great for them to hear the support of the crowd.

:11:47.:11:53.

Eyebrows were raised that the game is in Wales and has not won Welsh

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player in the squad, but many have travelled here and locals have come

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as well. We saw the queues added ticket office when we arrived and

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the interest is here, all right, real excitement. Jenny Bindon held

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on well. New Zealand will be very, very happy to going to half-time

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goalless. Yes, they started of the better of the two teams but Team GB

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have got a lot stronger and if they go in at half-time having not

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scored, a lot of disappointment there. You have got to take your

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 62 seconds

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draws the free kick. A yellow card for the New Zealand striker. I

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think it's rather harsh. It is harsh. Dieke was earned an

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excellent position. Casey Stoney went in for the ball, waiting for

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it. Yes, it was a foul, but there was nothing there, really. She was

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just frustrated she get the ball go. You have got to be allowed to

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Rebecca who had to take that course of action. Anita Asante scored a

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rare goal last Tuesday against Colombia. New Zealand played two

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Games in Switzerland as part of their preparations balls of they

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lost to Canada but big the Colombian's. -- but they beat the

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A lot of ideas going are far side. She did not really have anyone to

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recycle the ball with and get it the end of the first half. New

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Zealand will be happy for that to and Karen Bardsley got into a mess

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When it came back, she had delayed too long. It looked as though she

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was taking everybody on. Great play down the left-hand side, but just

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as the keeper went, she could have way wide, and that will about do it

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for the first half. All the good chances have gone to the British

:16:30.:16:35.

side. Anita Asante has had three opportunities, hitting the post

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with one. And Kim Little may be just taking the wrong option when

:16:42.:16:47.

her big moment came. Your thoughts. I think it was a good half, it

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ended well for Team GB, but a couple of chances got away. Anita

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Asante will not let that worry her, she is not a sort of player, but

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she has come the closest to any player of scoring in this opening

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match of the London 2012 Olympic Indeed she has, and her hair which

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gait the post was just one of many She kisses the post, the key venue

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she got away with that a few times. We'll have a look at those chances.

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Your overall impression of the first half and Great Britain or's

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start to the Olympic Games. thought we were quite nervous and

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if anything New Zealand had more possession and were in our half a

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lot more, but as the game has gone on, and as we have had a few

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chances, the players have relaxed and started finding each other's

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feet in their passing, and also it gives confidence, and they are

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going on to make more chances. got the sense of the occasion all

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the sudden when you saw Kelly Smith, a veteran for England, a record

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goalscorer, the power of the emotion of the day taking over.

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think that just epitomises what it means to all the players. Obviously,

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Kelly has been through a lot to get here, through injury and everything,

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and it shows what it means to the players. Perhaps it did overwhelm.

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I think it showed in the first 10 or 15 minutes, but they grew into

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it, the confident starter to get better, we started to create

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chances and started looking dangerous. We will look at his

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header in many ways, a sad day got a booking early on, and we thought

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about the tetchiness of the encounter in the World Cup. --

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Anita Asante. Perhaps the referee was marking her card early on,

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telling her the behaviour she expects. Probably so, she may be

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nervous herself, but I think it was quite harsh, and New Zealand have

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made a couple of challenges which have gone unpunished. It does not

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seem to be that kind of game, so it has settled and become more about

:18:57.:19:02.

the play, rather than the challenges. Anita Asante, let's

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have a look at some of the many chances that have fallen to her.

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Eni Aluko's good work has been consistent and led to the first

:19:09.:19:19.
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three great opportunities. She has given Percival a torrid time in the

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first half, an experienced defender, who plays for Frankfurt and has 60

:19:35.:19:41.

odd caps. It is good that she is up in these positions. I think

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everyone knows that she is not well known for her heading ability, but

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she is getting herself into positions, and that is positive,

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something she can work on. It is a nice run. She attacks the ball

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really, really well. It is unfortunate. Jenny Bindon may be

:19:59.:20:03.

there for the taking, some dubious decision-making. I do not think she

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has been very commanding, she has sat back a little bit and allowed

:20:07.:20:13.

Team GB to get there before she does not look as confident as she

:20:13.:20:18.

so. A She is not a massive, imposing keeper, so you can see

:20:18.:20:22.

that they're trying to put pressure on her, tall players to cause

:20:22.:20:27.

problems, because she is not that imposing. The pressure mounted on a

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from Team GB as the half went on. Aluko created that first had a

:20:31.:20:35.

opportunity, and she had a good chance. Yeah, Eni Aluko has been

:20:35.:20:40.

the player of the half for mane. Both full-backs have done well, but

:20:40.:20:46.

she got herself in a good position, she has got four off by New Zealand

:20:46.:20:49.

players to beat, there was nowhere for her to put the ball, but she

:20:49.:20:56.

has had a fantastic car and has to take a lot of positives from that.

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That is what you want from a striker, for it to drop down and

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for her quickly to get the power behind it and put it on target, but

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obviously bodies were in the way. Steph Houghton getting at there as

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well. Yes, she had a free kick, good technique and the dead ball. I

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do not know if it was going to go in, may be hit the post, but the

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keeper had to make sure. She can certainly strike them from that

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distance, it is a good effort. can just see it turning onto the

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post, it was a good effort, and that is what she has got, that

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ability to do free kicks like that. It fell to Alex Scott nicely, and

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Guy Mowbray suggested she should have attempted this with her left

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foot, but to both SEN no, she did the right thing, the left foot is

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not an option for her. She has admitted that herself. All first

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half, she has got thought a lot, and there is a lot of space down

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the wing, and she is a player that Froggatt fought a lot more than

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staff, because she is more comfortable on the right foot. --

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that will get forward. You never know what can come from that, like

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Lucy said, it was drifting away from the goal. Because New Zealand

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are plain that diamond formation in the middle, there is a lot of space

:22:15.:22:20.

out wide. Aluko getting just before half-time and plays Kim Little a

:22:20.:22:25.

lovely ball, the timing would have been perfect. Absolutely perfect,

:22:25.:22:30.

just before half-time, we were screaming for them to score. She

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has caused personal all sorts of trouble, a nice ball behind, and we

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were surprised she did not go for that herself. You watch her week in,

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week out for Arsenal, and she would have taken that. She was a little

:22:44.:22:48.

bit unselfish. You can see the keeper and making her mind up early,

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and Kim would normally show that you are going to go that way and

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maybe think it over. But I am a centre-half! Dieke looked so

:22:59.:23:04.

comfortable, slotting right in there against the Sweden on Friday,

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and she has had some stellar moments. She has looked really

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strong, composed with the ball in possession, and I have got the

:23:13.:23:16.

impression from speaking to some of the girls that she gives them

:23:16.:23:21.

confidence and is very assured. She is very quick, and that is her main

:23:21.:23:24.

asset, that she can cover the ground quickly and get her body in

:23:24.:23:28.

the way. But here, she has been very impressive, she has fitted

:23:29.:23:35.

into that spot very well. She always seems to be around tidying-

:23:35.:23:40.

up, and she has found AGB player every time. Confidence is growing,

:23:40.:23:47.

you can see the goal coming. I do, Hope Powell must be sane, take

:23:47.:23:52.

confidence from that, you have create chances, you just need to

:23:52.:23:59.

score. It is important that we take the chances. I am sure she will say,

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it is positive, but I am not happy, we should be up, because those

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chances do not come around. You have to take your chances at this

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level. Tomorrow it is the turn of Stuart Pearce's men, who had a

:24:12.:24:15.

sobering experience at the Riverside when a very young Brazil

:24:15.:24:19.

side came into town. Integrating 18 men who have never played before

:24:19.:24:22.

with varying degrees of international experience has been a

:24:22.:24:26.

tough but exciting challenge. Garth Crooks has been inside the camp as

:24:26.:24:36.
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they head into their opener against Team GB faced a tough beginning at

:24:37.:24:39.

Middlesbrough in their only pre- tournament friendly. It ended in

:24:39.:24:43.

defeat, but there were positives. Stuart Pearce believes his side

:24:43.:24:47.

will benefit from facing the team he sees as the best in the

:24:47.:24:51.

competition. In all honesty, whoever beats Brazil in this

:24:51.:24:55.

tournament and finishes above them will have a gold medal around their

:24:55.:25:00.

neck. But football is football, the next time we get the opportunity to

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play them hopefully will be the semi-final at the earliest, or the

:25:05.:25:10.

final, if we are good enough to get heir. We will be better prepared.

:25:10.:25:15.

The coach now has the luxury of a fully fit squad to choose from and

:25:15.:25:17.

their captain making his competitive Great Britain debut in

:25:17.:25:24.

familiar surroundings. Yeah, it estrange, going onto the pitch not

:25:24.:25:28.

as the United player, playing in front of United players. It is

:25:28.:25:31.

different, but a challenge am looking forward to. I am really

:25:31.:25:36.

enjoying it. First and foremost, going to be training camp,

:25:37.:25:40.

preparing in a different way than you would with your club. I cannot

:25:40.:25:43.

wait for the tournament to start. There will be a few that will come

:25:43.:25:49.

out of his better players, and it might serve England well, I am not

:25:49.:25:54.

sure, but I hope both countries come out of it with a legacy of

:25:54.:25:56.

better players. I think all 18 individuals build benefit from

:25:57.:26:01.

being here for two and a half weeks, they have worked with us and beyond

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that into the tournament. Senegal in Manchester, a tough

:26:05.:26:09.

opening test for this embryonic side. The first men's Olympic team

:26:09.:26:13.

to represent Great Britain since 1960 is very much a leap into the

:26:13.:26:16.

unknown. How they will fare depends on how they perform at the Theatre

:26:16.:26:21.

of dreams tomorrow night. We have seen a lot of Senegal, I was

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fortunate enough to go to their final play-off game and saw them

:26:25.:26:28.

qualify to get here, and lo and behold the next day they were in

:26:28.:26:33.

our group. They are a big site, very athletic, can counter-attack

:26:33.:26:38.

very quickly at you. But we feel as though we have got and if to give

:26:38.:26:42.

them a good game. Obviously, we need to start well, but if you're

:26:42.:26:45.

going to do well in a tournament, you need to get better with each

:26:45.:26:51.

game. I only ever prepare 18 to win, nothing less. So we are prepared,

:26:51.:26:56.

ready for action, and now are we going to be good enough to get out

:26:56.:27:00.

of the groove, to go beyond that? I am not sure, but I think we will

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grow as a group together, and I think the country will grow behind

:27:05.:27:10.

us as well, so I am looking forward to it. You have to hit the ground

:27:10.:27:14.

running in at first game, and from there you take it on the chin as it

:27:14.:27:19.

comes. Gary Lineker, Alan Hansen and Robbie Savage will be here

:27:19.:27:24.

tomorrow at 7 o'clock with an hour's build-up to the kick-off at

:27:24.:27:28.

Old Trafford. Some other Olympic news now, and we are come to hear

:27:28.:27:31.

from Charles van Commenee, who has been talking to Joe was there that

:27:31.:27:36.

the controversy surrounding Phillips Idowu's injury. If I said

:27:36.:27:42.

Phillips Idowu te right now, what would your reaction be? Well, it is

:27:42.:27:48.

not something to laugh about, in fact. He is not here. I wish he was

:27:48.:27:54.

here. Because I think this is the best place to prepare. His coach is

:27:54.:28:00.

here, our best medical team is here, and all the athletes are here, so

:28:00.:28:05.

slightly frustrated with that. At the same time, I feel sympathy as

:28:06.:28:14.

well, because he is not in the greatest place from which to have

:28:14.:28:20.

the most important moment in his athletic life. And you never wished

:28:20.:28:27.

that to any athlete, certainly not an athlete who is one of our big

:28:27.:28:32.

names in his own town. Just as you say, Charles, this is where the

:28:32.:28:35.

preparation can is, this is part of your meticulous training, and there

:28:36.:28:39.

are good reasons for you to be here with your elite athletes. It seems

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strange that he will not come. Is there a breakdown in trust or

:28:44.:28:51.

something? Yes, obviously! Otherwise he would have been here.

:28:51.:28:59.

Yeah, but you know, that is a one- way thing. But it is his decision.

:28:59.:29:06.

I have basically one sanction, I could withdraw his entry to the

:29:06.:29:10.

Games. Obviously, are not going to do that, because I do not want to

:29:10.:29:14.

take that away from him, nor from the crowd, and if things work out

:29:14.:29:21.

for him, it could still be a great moment for the Olympics and for

:29:21.:29:24.

himself. Right now, do you expect him to be competing in the

:29:24.:29:30.

Olympics? I do not expect anything. I have no details about his

:29:30.:29:34.

physical state since one week. is a very difficult position for

:29:35.:29:39.

you to being as the head coach, to not know. Yeah, obviously, it is

:29:39.:29:46.

not right, but there's very little that I can do about it. I can, I

:29:46.:29:51.

can decide, you are not welcome! But I do not think that is the

:29:51.:29:58.

right thing to do this year, in this particular time so close to

:29:58.:30:03.

the Games. It is his choice, and we will see whether it is the right

:30:03.:30:11.

Earlier we showed you Gordon Banks of the Olympic flame at Wembley.

:30:11.:30:15.

The torch relay is a subject of a very emotive special programme

:30:15.:30:22.

tonight. Incredible. I know what the Queen feels like now. Wonderful.

:30:22.:30:32.
:30:32.:30:39.

Marvellous. I'm out of breath. I've We are British and will come out in

:30:39.:30:46.

whatever the weather. What makes it special is people getting behind it.

:30:46.:30:54.

Just mind-blowing. I loved it. Britain's Olympic torch story

:30:54.:30:56.

recapture some other memorable moments from the torches 70 day

:30:56.:31:00.

journey across the country and tells the inspirational stories of

:31:00.:31:07.

the people who have carried it up. That is tonight, BBC One at 7:30pm.

:31:07.:31:10.

The second half in Cardiff is about to happen but it's not the only

:31:10.:31:16.

event under way. Last year's World Cup finalists are just about the

:31:16.:31:21.

kick-off, Japan entertaining Canada in Coventry. And the USA hosting

:31:21.:31:26.

France in Hampden Park. They are on the BBC's Board website and the red

:31:26.:31:34.

button. A promising ended the first half for Team GB. That's the way we

:31:34.:31:40.

want them to play going forward. Sniffing out any opportunities.

:31:40.:31:43.

they got to continue with that momentum. They didn't want the

:31:43.:31:46.

half-time whistle to blow because they were gradually getting better

:31:46.:31:50.

and better and they just need a goal and I think that will settle

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them down. We don't want to start looking for permutations. Brazil is

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the final group game. You want to pick up some points before then.

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The opening game you want to win it. You want a cushion so you can be

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more relaxed in the second game. At the end of the first up, they will

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be aggrieved we're did not get a few goals already. It's vitally

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important because we know we can beat New Zealand. It's a massive

:32:21.:32:25.

stage for so anything can happen. We are good enough and we have to

:32:25.:32:30.

take these opportunities and go forward. So we don't have to chase

:32:30.:32:34.

a result against Brazil. Ahead of the match, there were a lot of

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people outside the stadium who could not get in because a very

:32:38.:32:44.

tight security. I did know it is it fill up a bit. A word of warning

:32:44.:32:48.

for you if you are tickets, to get there in time and soak up the

:32:48.:32:53.

atmosphere. This is a double header because Cameroon and Brazil play

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afterwards so a very special afternoon of football in Cardiff.

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It shouldn't be a problem for the England team, certainly, who have

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played against teams at a World Cups and world championships.

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they are used to it to these kinds of occasions. You block things out

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and focus on of football and what you have to do as a team, so that's

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what I think they will be doing. There's more cheering when you are

:33:23.:33:26.

attacking mouthfuls of in Germany last year against France, there

:33:26.:33:32.

were boos and hisses. When you are in it, you tend not to hear the cry

:33:32.:33:37.

because you are so focused. noticed as well, a shadow on the

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pitch has developed somewhat. There is only a ten-metre strip which is

:33:41.:33:46.

now basking in the sunlight. Let's get on with the second half and

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over which was richly deserved and hopefully the players made the most

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of it. I can't stress to you how warm it is, particularly at pitch-

:34:02.:34:09.

side in Cardiff this early evening. Great Britain make the first change

:34:09.:34:19.
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at the start of the second half. worked really hard and played

:34:23.:34:28.

really well in the first 45 minutes. We will try to discover for you

:34:28.:34:32.

whether it was a tactical or Kim Little was a feeling the effects of

:34:33.:34:39.

the heat or picks up an injury. Ellen White is on it. She can play

:34:39.:34:45.

wide, or through the middle as a striker. I think that is where she

:34:45.:34:48.

would go up. The main striker, the number 9, Kelly Smith perhaps

:34:48.:34:53.

dropping in behind her. In her number 10 role. This Great Britain

:34:53.:34:57.

team, there's quite a few permutations available for the

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coach, Hope Powell. Despite withstanding a battering in the

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first half, he has decided to entrust the second half to the same

:35:11.:35:18.

group of players is kicked off things an hour ago. Ellen White is

:35:18.:35:22.

more of a natural number 9 than Kelly Smith is. I think we will see

:35:22.:35:28.

the ball going to her feet a lot more. And she will pass the ball

:35:28.:35:35.

more to Eniola Aluko and Kelly Smith. She has not got the throw-in

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she is cheekily suggesting she should have got. Ali Riley can't

:35:40.:35:47.

believe she even had the cheek to ask for it. Alex Scott. Sliced it

:35:47.:35:55.

out of play by Katie Hoyle. looks like Hope Powell has gone for

:35:55.:35:59.

two up front, and it will be different, a little bit deeper for

:35:59.:36:03.

Kelly Smith to cope with that diamond of a New Zealanders. It was

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working in the first half. I wonder if anything is wrong Kim Little or

:36:09.:36:13.

just want to put a big centre- forward up. Before the match, she

:36:13.:36:16.

said he was always going to make a change in these conditions at half-

:36:16.:36:24.

time. Iffy Dieke as a bugle to express to Karen Bartlett as to why

:36:24.:36:34.
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she was left to do that herself. the chance to threaten in the first

:36:45.:36:49.

half. Great Britain had seven chances. And they had chances for

:36:49.:36:54.

most of them. New Zealand, as we pointed out, have height in their

:36:54.:37:04.
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team. The delivery is cleared by a the ball but the whistle has

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already gone. A free kick for New Zealand. What Kelly Smith was

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trying to do is stop the ball going past her. It didn't touch a player

:37:20.:37:25.

but the referee saw the intent. Now New Zealand have a free kick in a

:37:25.:37:30.

typical position for Team GB but a good position for them. The club

:37:30.:37:35.

great position for the Football Ferns. She was trying to block but

:37:35.:37:38.

at Ford of movement in football these days is not deemed acceptable.

:37:38.:37:48.
:37:48.:38:06.

looking to tee up to Amber Hearn to about it. It didn't look like she

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was expecting it up. Well wide in the end. Another good striker of

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the ball. You have got to put them on target if you worry forward.

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have you ever come up against Amber Hearn in England? I think I did at

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one point. She is big and physical. their of Hannah Wilkinson. She was

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yellow-carded for a similar offence in the first half. Really

:38:49.:38:53.

disappointing if you get sent off in this game. It's not a game for

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sending off. There's not particularly been that many tackles

:38:57.:39:03.

to warranty yellow-card which have happened. Hayley Moorwood. She

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knows most of the Great Britain where could she go? Doncaster?

:39:31.:39:41.
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Birmingham. The possibly. Your Great Britain, 0. New Zealand, zero.

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The opening game of the women's tournament of London 2012, the

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Olympic Games have started. The excitement has risen steadily,

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hasn't it? A it's great. excited. I can't imagine what it's

:40:19.:40:22.

like to play for the it must be unbelievable. Are they have settled

:40:22.:40:32.
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into his first game. They will to play Brazil on Saturday in a

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double-header. Great Britain face Brazil next Tuesday as Brazil

:40:45.:40:55.
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and was having to look an awful lot backwards to find it. She needs it

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team mates with her. She is similar to Ellen White, the way she plays.

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Casey Stoney stood up very, very well, but you have got to have won

:41:09.:41:12.

a good team mates up there. It is hot down there. It is still

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stifling. The stadium, as magnificent as this, it is a heat

:41:20.:41:30.
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goalkeeper missed it. It did not miss the far post by much. It is a

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great bosom corner. Having a right footer on his left back, Steph

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Houghton, it would have gone straight in. Abbey Erceg got her

:41:59.:42:09.
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corner. Abbey Erceg again in the thick of it for New Zealand. It did

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look ball to hand. It's difficult for the referee to make a decision

:42:28.:42:38.
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where they left off in the first. Pressure on New Zealand. I think

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one of the messages from a Hope Powell is to push the game on 15

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yards, so they put New Zealand under pressure and it looks like

:43:10.:43:20.
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they have done that. They have kept Just think, as a team, Lucy, the

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Great Britain team we saw on Friday, OK, it was a warm-up match against

:43:57.:44:02.

Sweden, but I think every member of the team has performed better than

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me on Friday. They have risen to the occasion. A number of factors.

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You do not want it injured before a big tournament and but always in

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the minds of players. Power experience has given an extra 50%.

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get the ball away from Jill Scott. Great covering by Steph Houghton.

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You can see what she was trying to do, slipping the ball in and she

:45:14.:45:24.
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Great Britain turning their dominance into goals, will start to

:45:28.:45:32.

test a few nerves? I don't just mean in the crowd! I think it will.

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He wants to win comfortably so that you do not get nervous. At 0-0,

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you'll see what happened at the start up the game, a few misplaced

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passes. That so we get a goal New Zealand from their final third,

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a shot like that, but still by Riley, importantly for New

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Zealand. -- Block. The ball sat up nicely for Alex Scott, but that is

:47:11.:47:15.

great covering by the full-back. They are defending very, very well,

:47:15.:47:21.

New Zealand. If you are going to keep a clean sheet, you have got to

:47:21.:47:27.

be compact, and then back four is very compact. Credit to the coach

:47:27.:47:31.

and the back-up staff, because they do not really have to defend much

:47:31.:47:41.
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to trouble Bardsley in the Great Britain goal. That is something to

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think about, it is the reason that Australia left the OSE, with the

:48:15.:48:18.

greatest respect to some of the smaller nations in that part of the

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world, they only have to play two games to qualify for the Olympics,

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they beat Papua New Guinea 7-0, which does not prepare you for the

:48:29.:48:35.

likes of USA and Brazil. playing at a high-level oil clung

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does prepare you, so you have just got to draw on that experience as

:48:39.:48:49.

well. -- for your club. The full- backs always attacking, and they

:48:49.:48:53.

could be missed because of the way they play the diamond in midfield,

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but they have played so far in this game. -- a risk. Boss-eyed, she has

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only just found out about it. -- offside. Only four of the starting

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line-up do not play in Europe, and one of those... In fact, only three

:49:16.:49:22.

of them, one who plays for Chelsea has gone off and made way for Betsy

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Hassett, who was expected to start. She plays in America where she is a

:49:27.:49:33.

student at the University of California Berkeley. A nice bit of

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sun cream on her cheeks as well, she is the palest of the pale.

:49:38.:49:41.

Zealand schools snowboarding Champion, where the weather is a

:49:41.:49:51.
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bit different. But in California in trying to win the ball back. --

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filed. The last thing that some of these forward players want is the

:50:10.:50:15.

ball that far in front have them in Ms heat. The Sun has moved off the

:50:15.:50:25.
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Blatter has come to lend his support. Support for the women's

:50:33.:50:37.

game has grown from him, after some rather misguided comments a few

:50:37.:50:40.

years ago. He was in attendance at the last World Cup in Germany and

:50:40.:50:44.

the European Championships in Finland in 2009. I think he has got

:50:44.:50:54.
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time. Katie Hoyle read the danger. Quite a few players have slipped, I

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do not know whether they have watered the pitch a lot because of

:51:19.:51:25.

the recent hot weather. Quite a few of the players have slipped,

:51:25.:51:35.
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she decided she was going to go for it and she was firm in their

:51:45.:51:54.
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a regular game in the England team. Ellen White is going to do it all

:52:06.:52:12.

by herself. She was through for Great Britain but not finding the

:52:12.:52:16.

target, brilliant New Zealand defending, they came back with pace,

:52:16.:52:22.

and it was Ali Riley who kept it 0- 0. Great ball by Kelly Smith, just

:52:22.:52:25.

deciding when to pull the trigger, and it was a little bit too late,

:52:25.:52:30.

but what grates defending. When you have got a full-back as quick as

:52:30.:52:40.
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it is a Great Britain free-kick. Now is the time to score, wouldn't

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you say? Such is the confidence here, near it -- never mind Kelly

:52:51.:52:54.

Smith, Steph Houghton has come across to grab the ball and tee it

:52:54.:53:00.

up. I think seniority will win in this one, but you never will stop

:53:00.:53:04.

she had one effort in the first half from a little bit further out

:53:04.:53:14.
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wall does not start to encroach, also keeping a check on the Great

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Britain players in the midst of Steph Houghton scores, Great

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Britain have the lead, and Steph Houghton has the honour of scoring

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the first ever goal for Great Britain's women's international

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team at an Olympic Games! Team GB 1, New Zealand 0. Brilliant, brilliant,

:53:52.:53:56.

so pleased for Steph Houghton, hard and low right in the corner, she

:53:56.:54:00.

can't half strike a ball, and she got what she deserved, straight

:54:00.:54:05.

through the gap that Casey Stoney left and into the corner. Accurate

:54:05.:54:11.

with a bit of pace as well, fantastic! She just did enough. It

:54:11.:54:16.

curled away from Jenny Bindon, the wall did its job, the TV players in

:54:16.:54:21.

their job. Now we are on for a game, because New Zealand have got to

:54:21.:54:25.

take a few more risks. They were defending beautifully, a cheek

:54:25.:54:30.

free-kick conceded by Amber Hearn has cost them. What will that do to

:54:30.:54:40.
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for Great Britain. -- Houghton. A sneak peek at herself on the big

:54:49.:54:52.

screen, she will be shattered from the celebration never mind anything

:54:52.:54:57.

else. Just keep your heads at the back, Team GB, because New Zealand

:54:57.:55:07.
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have got to go for it. This is Jill Scott, hence it away. The shop

:55:18.:55:22.

is closed down as soon as it left the boot of Hassett. New Zealand

:55:22.:55:27.

corner again. Team GB have got to be committed to getting bodies are

:55:27.:55:37.
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malign and stopping shots like that. Zealand to get a point from this.

:56:00.:56:05.

Tony Readings is a confident coach, he said he was confident of making

:56:05.:56:08.

the last date, that will still be is a now, but their next game is

:56:08.:56:15.

against Brazil. You cannot afford to have no points from two games by

:56:15.:56:18.

the time they face Cameroon in their last game. Kelly Smith

:56:18.:56:23.

offside, New Zealand not out of this yet. No, they are not, they

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are a good team. GB needs to soak up the pressure. Just to remind you,

:56:28.:56:32.

I did say it was time for a goal just before that free-kick.

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former team-mate of hills at Leeds, Steph Houghton got it. So pleased

:56:38.:56:43.

for at, coming on, playing on this stage, scoring the first goal is

:56:43.:56:53.
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perfectly. -- parsley. That is brave goalkeeping, she was

:56:53.:57:03.
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stretched in his heat. From what I have seen in his game so far, we

:57:32.:57:35.

have watched England in several tournaments together, this site is

:57:35.:57:40.

coming together as Team GB with the addition of Kim Little and Iffy

:57:40.:57:44.

Dieke the, the experience that the England players have gained from

:57:44.:57:47.

World Cups, it looks to have come on another level, when they are

:57:47.:57:54.

playing like this. Those two players fit in, Dieke is just solid

:57:54.:57:59.

at the back, giving Kelly Smith an arrest, I think. I cannot think

:57:59.:58:03.

that is a surprise. I think one How was the target, and she has gone

:58:03.:58:10.

more than the owl. Rachel Yankey, just the 118 England games has come

:58:10.:58:20.
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on to replace her England -- will be looking to see and make

:58:21.:58:25.

those runs forward. Karen Carney has come into the middle to fill

:58:25.:58:32.

the role that Kelly Smith was in. Karen Carney is a clever player,

:58:32.:58:36.

lots of energy, she will be pleased that she is in that role now.

:58:37.:58:40.

anything, she was just a little frozen out of the game at times,

:58:40.:58:45.

out wide. You play your part, if you get a place in this team, you

:58:45.:58:50.

play wherever, but we will see the better of her now for the remainder

:58:50.:58:55.

of this game. What are we going to save from New Zealand? Fighting

:58:55.:59:05.
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there, the pace -- the pass was not among the New Zealand substitutes.

:59:26.:59:36.
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He has got to go for it, to try to Olympic goal in Beijing, a 2-2 draw

:59:45.:59:54.

against Japan. That's not going to bother Karen Bartlett. -- Karen

:59:54.:00:04.
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in a group with Japan four years As far more important than the

:00:34.:00:39.

World Cup finals. Yes, I follow them on to it up. It's all going

:00:39.:00:49.
:00:49.:01:06.

for goal, step into gold. -- I What a chance to miss spurned a!

:01:06.:01:10.

Sarah Gregorius had the moment are to draw New Zealand level and throw

:01:10.:01:15.

the cat amongst the pigeons. That chance was presented to her and you

:01:15.:01:19.

have got to beat the goalkeeper. She tried to place it in the corner

:01:19.:01:24.

but well done Karen Bardsley. The occasion may have just got to her

:01:24.:01:30.

but you have got to take your opportunity. Anita Asante, like in

:01:30.:01:34.

the first up, she went get a better chance. I bet she dreams about that

:01:34.:01:42.

tonight. -- she won't get a better chance. It should have been 1-1.

:01:42.:01:46.

Sarah Gregorius has scored against England at the World Cup last year.

:01:46.:01:50.

She does not score against Great Britain in the Olympic Games. Not

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:02:00.:02:15.

though. Showing strength, showing deal to do, certainly in the first

:02:15.:02:20.

half, but has looked very, very solid in the second. She's a very

:02:20.:02:25.

important figure, one-on-one, going towards the keeper. I fancy her

:02:26.:02:29.

chances but you would be gutted if you were sent afford and missed

:02:29.:02:36.

that. -- it Euros centre-forward and missed that. She moved to

:02:36.:02:46.
:02:46.:02:50.

Sweden recently. There is a few in corner. Are the Europeans generally

:02:50.:02:55.

catching up with the USA? I think so, yes, because a lot of them have

:02:55.:02:59.

had experience of playing their at that level and, athletically, they

:02:59.:03:04.

are now just as good. Technically, the Europeans are very technical.

:03:04.:03:09.

They are not far and away better now, the USA. Rachel Yankey spent

:03:09.:03:15.

her time playing professionally in the United States. Having the, 14 B

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:03:25.:03:42.

g. -- Team GB. It -- having the will be a New Zealand substitution

:03:42.:03:50.

now. Annalie Longo is coming on, I think, for Kirsty Yallop. She

:03:50.:03:55.

played at the World Cup in at 2007 when she was only 16. She is

:03:55.:04:00.

competing the set here. Jackie met their parents outside and they were

:04:00.:04:06.

so proud of her. I think you can hear them. There is a ripple of New

:04:06.:04:11.

Zealand applause. She's played under 17, and 20, and other senior

:04:11.:04:16.

World Cup and Olympic Games. That is what you dream of when you are

:04:16.:04:20.

kicking your ball in the backyard. She still only young as well. What

:04:20.:04:28.

an achievement. Still only 21 and this is the 45th time she has

:04:28.:04:34.

played for a country. Little more than 15 and a half when she paid

:04:34.:04:41.

for China. Ali Riley certainly will not give this up for New Zealand

:04:41.:04:51.
:04:51.:05:10.

with her head off. 15 minutes to go. kick for Team GB. As the tempo

:05:10.:05:15.

slows in the game, New Zealand are looking for Team GB to make

:05:15.:05:20.

mistakes. They have got to be firm, Team GB, keeps the ball, and its

:05:20.:05:24.

use the players have just come on like Rachel Yankey with her pace.

:05:24.:05:34.
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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 62 seconds

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Hannah Wilkinson to come back to see a free kick given against her.

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New Zealand get on with it quickly, her left hand. The referee blows.

:07:21.:07:24.

Rachel Yankey thought he was referee before that. She fell on to

:07:24.:07:31.

the ball. I sense a little bit of momentum has shifted in New

:07:31.:07:36.

Zealand's way. They have got to go for it. They've got to try to save

:07:36.:07:46.
:07:46.:07:54.

could to make sure those long legs stayed down. New Zealand get a

:07:54.:07:58.

throw-in. The ball is spending an increasing amount of time in the

:07:58.:08:08.
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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 62 seconds

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possession and use the and have enjoyed. It will come to an end now.

:08:55.:08:58.

-- this is the longest spell of possession in New Zealand have

:08:58.:09:06.

enjoyed. It will come to an end now. She will keep it for as long as she

:09:06.:09:16.
:09:16.:09:26.

does. She has just had a hurry up Britain. I thought there was going

:09:26.:09:30.

to be another change for a moment. The referee is calling a halt. I

:09:30.:09:34.

think she thought that was going to be one as well that nobody is ready

:09:34.:09:38.

on the touchline. Asking questions of the New Zealand bench. It's a

:09:38.:09:43.

balancing act for Team GB. The second goal could kill this game.

:09:44.:09:51.

If they press forward too far, they could risk conceding. Further out

:09:51.:10:01.

for Steph Houghton, this. Casey Stoney. It has gone. Casey Stoney

:10:01.:10:09.

is extremely strong in the air. But just didn't quite reach her. Amber

:10:09.:10:19.
:10:19.:10:21.

no great hurry now. She's only just come on, as well. That's how hot it

:10:21.:10:28.

is. Scott, looking to be in prime position here. Rachel Yankey's

:10:28.:10:35.

corner. Eniola Aluko, to keep the attack going. It's a good cross and

:10:35.:10:42.

it is behind four another corner. It came off a New Zealand player.

:10:42.:10:49.

great bear in by Eniola Aluko. An attacking header -- a great ball in

:10:49.:10:56.

by Eniola Aluko. Jill Scott was on the end of it in the end of.

:10:56.:11:01.

puffed out her cheeks. Well- defended. It could have been worse

:11:01.:11:08.

for her. Rachel Yankey's corner. Eniola Aluko not able to jump for

:11:08.:11:14.

it. It just comes off her and goes behind. You are right about the

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balancing act for the British side now. Yes, they would love to get a

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second goal. If they have to grind out a 1-0, I'm sure they will. They

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has noticeably dipped, and that's burst of energy from substitute

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of the match by some way. She's a great game. Defended well.

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Athletically, she's done extremely well and she scored a goal. The key

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moment of this game so far. Free kick, right-footed, curling through

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the wall. Just on the corner of it. And fired away from Jenny Bindon

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into the corner. 1-0. New Zealand are running out of time and

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opportunities to equalise now. One huge one from Sarah Gregorius but

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it went straight to the goalkeeper. He is managing to stay cheerful

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about at all, though. Great scenes around the place, around the

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stadium and in the stadium. People are getting into the spirit of the

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Olympics. A big, big day for the top by Karen Barnsley. A great try

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by Amber Hearn. She's had the two of the game, particularly in the

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second half. She knew at some point, someone was going to unleash it.

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That would have gone in. Good goalkeeping. Determined to keep

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this clean sheet. Guaranteed the point. Amber Hearn coming as close

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deepest defender. They are a good together team, New Zealand, and you

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can see that by the way they defend and attack. I wonder what they are

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missing. You look at the defending and think, it's all there. Why

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don't they threaten more in these competitions? Yes, they are

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improving and the confidence of this game will give them, because

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they have had their opportunities and experienced it, and any

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difference for Sarah Gregorius, it would have been 1-0, totally

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of two New Zealand players. GB is the chant that has started to go

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around. Difficult for supporters to find a chant, they are not used to

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this. He is not difficult, is it?! Hyundai! It is not as if... They

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are many who think they should not be able to get used to it, that is

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the politics. You would never want to miss out on this if you were a

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player. Scotland's best player, Julie fleeting, said one year ago,

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although her position may be compromised by her position with

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left to go. Any other girl looks like she has still got some running

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sure the ball stays as far away as possible from their own penalty

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area. They are minutes away from winning the opening game at the

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I am not surprised, to be honest. It was really entertaining in the

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first half, GB got the goal in the second half, but it is difficult to

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maintain that intensity for any footballer. Yes, it is intense, and

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they have been no breaks for drinks or anything, which surprises me

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somewhat. Nerves play a part, they drain you at the start of the game.

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If you think too much about what the game means, you are wasting

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forward, and it is a chance for Fara Williams just to get a few

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minutes, a regular starter for England, she has had to make do

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with a substitute role for Great Britain in the first game. She is

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taking the place of Karen Carney. Will those Flaxby waving in a

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couple of minutes' time? Fara Williams is extreme experience that

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tournament football, a calm head in the middle. Karen Carney has done

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well. She is not have the, but you expect players not to be happy, she

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is so passionate about doing well. Williams tax in as a straight swap,

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giving more steal to the middle of the Great Britain team. -- Tax in

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really hard to get anything out of Yankey. That would have been the

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safe and secured a pass, but Yankey wanted another one to select. Will

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there be a last chance to equalise? I think Hope Powell would have

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wanted Rachel Yankey to keep it at that end, but they are looking for

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minutes for fans of the host nation to the ball, and then New Zealand

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will not score. He knows that, a little frustrated. The goal for GB

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came at a time was perfect for them, and New Zealand have not been able

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kick. She will take their time getting back to her feet. The two

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full-backs, like you say... The historic opening event of the

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London 2012 Olympics. Great Britain got to go early and they have got

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to go along, and they have got to make something happen from

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Zealand had a throw-in. Annalie one last chance to load the penalty

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area. This is it for New Zealand if they're going to get anything from

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the game. They are all getting minutes additional time at the end

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Zealand are concerned, because Great Britain have hung on at the

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end, but they deserved the win, because they have dominated the

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game. Hope Powell's team have got off to the best possible start,

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anti-Olympics has got off to a winning start for Team GB. Steph

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Houghton's free kick was the Karen Bardsley, the hero of the

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last 20 minutes or so, but Steph Houghton the hero of the hour, what

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a crucial goal that could prove to be. The way things are turning out

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in the other games, if GB could top this group and get a nice passage

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through the quarter-finals, who knows what we could be dreaming of

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in a week or so's time? What a lovely story, Faye, missing out on

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a 2007 World Cup and the 2009 World Championships, always knocking on

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the door. She was obviously a lot younger then, she missed out on

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selection, having to go through quite a few months of rehab, and

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then in 2009, she broke a leg doing extra training, John Denham over

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hurdles. She has had a lot of misfortune in the past. To have the

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confidence to say, Kelly Smith, I want to take this, is brilliant in

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such a massive tournament, but she has the technique. Not only in a

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both said, this is definitely for Kelly, definitely a left-footer,

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but to have the confidence to strike a all like that, it was

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exactly where it needed to go with pace, and to be honest the keeper

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had no chance. It was just a fantastic strike. We saw earlier

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that she came quite close, she had that belief, I am going to score,

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leave this to me, and that is what she did. She does well to keep it

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down, make sure it gets in and the Var, but it is well within the post

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as well. Bardsley, as I mentioned, made a couple of really crucial

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saves. Gregorius scored against England in the World Cup, the

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opening game, she came close. keeper did not have much to do, but

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she came out and dominated when she did, and Gregorius should have

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scored. Any centre-forward, when you're through on goal, she should

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have scored. Karen Bardsley stood up and made a good save. A just a

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bit our indecision between Alex and Iffy, but this is a great save as

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well. With her stature, she does that a lot in training. She is able

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to do that because she is over six foot. She gives the defence

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confidence, her presence and everything, and I think the defence

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tends to settle with her in goal. She is obviously brilliantly minded,

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she said she was going to use their substitutes, Hope Powell, and she

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did that again. That is what is really good, we have had a

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fantastic bench, lots of great players to bring on. Even the

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players we have not seen, they are impact players that can do a job,

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and it is a tough job for Hope Powell, but a nice one to have that

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selection. These are the latest scores from the other games that

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are under way in the women's France but have come back, it is 2-

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2. -- 2-0. What a heart that has been, you can continue to watch

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those gains on the red button. Later on BBC Three, highlights of

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us and the second half of Brazil against Cameroon at 7:45pm. You are

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heading over there to cover those games. Just a quick word, USA, when

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they were 2-0 down, it was going to be the shock of the tournament.

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France are powerful. Yes, they were 4th in the World Cup, beaten by

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America, so this was seen as the big clash of the first set of games,

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obviously a lot of their players are from Lyon, who won the

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Champions League, so confidence is very high. They have made massive

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strides recently, and to be two up, dark horses. We will have reaction

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from Hope Powell off on BBC Three, but what a start. You could have

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heard her screaming from back in wherever you live, because we were

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so delighted, we wanted a confident performance, and that is what we

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have and the win, so really pleased. Thank you for your company. The men

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kick off their campaign against Senegal tomorrow live on BBC One at

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7 o'clock with Gary Lineker, Alan Hansen and Robbie Savage. Don't

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forget, later this evening, the story of Britain's torch relay, it

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is a great wodge on BBC One at 7:30pm. So the Games have begun,

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The first sporting action of the thirthieth Olympiad begins as the Team GB women's football team kick off the tournament at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. New Zealand are their opponents in a group which also features Brazil and Cameroon. Gabby Logan is joined by England internationals Sue Smith and Faye White.


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