Matildas to face Great Britain in Olympic last eight

After a scoreless draw against the US earned the Matildas a valuable point last night, Australia's National Women's Football Team have secured themselves an Olympic quarter-finals berth against Great Britain.

Australia drew 0-0 with USA
Australia's forward Sam Kerr (2nd L) heads for a shoot during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games women's group G first round football match between USA and Australia at the Ibaraki Kashima Stadium in Kashima city, Ibaraki prefecture on July 27, 2021. (Photo by SHINJI AKAGI / AFP) (Photo by SHINJI AKAGI/AFP via Getty Images)

Australia finished as the best third-placed team in the tournament, which sets them up to play against Group E winners Great Britain on Friday, July 30, 5pm WST.

 Sam Kerr #2 of Team Australia celebrates with team mates after scoring their side's second goal during the Women's First Round Group G match between Sweden and Australia on day one of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Saitama Stadium on July 24, 2021 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

This will be the third time the Matildas have progressed to the quarterfinals, after achieving the same at Athens 2004 and Rio 2016 before being knocked out by Sweden, 2-1 in Athens and then at Rio by home nation, Brazil in a penalties heartbreaker, 6-7.

If the Matildas were to achieve a positive result against Great Britain, it would be the first time an Australian football team, men's or women's, have made it into an Olympic semifinal and had the podium in reach.

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