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Preview: Canada vs. United States

Preview: Canada vs. United States
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Sports Mole previews the women's Olympic semi-final clash between Canada and United States at Old Trafford.

Geographic neighbours Canada and the United States clash in the second of the women's Olympic semi-finals on Monday at Old Trafford.

Canada advanced to this stage after finishing second in Group F behind Sweden, while they beat Team GB 2-0 in the quarter-finals to book their spot in the final four.

The US have impressively won all four matches at the tournament thusfar, topping Group G, before overcoming a stern New Zealand side in the previous round.

The United States, who won gold in 2008, have won four of the last five meetings between the two rivals, but both sides have strikers in form ahead of the clash.

Abby Wambach has struck four goals in four games for the US, while Melissa Tancredi and Christine Sinclair also have four strikes to their name.

Both sides are expected to name unchanged lineups for the match, with each naming three strikers.

Possible lineups:

Canada: McLeod; Moscato, Wilkinson, Sesselmann, Nault; Matheson, Scott, Schmidt; Sinclair, Tancredi, Filigno

United States: Solo; Rampone, O'Hara, Le Peilbet, Buehler; Lloyd, Rapinoe, Heath; Cheney, Morgan, Wambach

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Olympic medal table header
CountryGold medalSilver MedalBronze MedalT
ChinaChina1891138
JapanJapan174627
United StatesUnited States14161141
Olympics flagOlympic Athletes from Russia10141034
AustraliaAustralia921122
Great BritainGreat Britain69924
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Friday's key events


ATHLETICS
· The athletics schedule begins, with 100m sprinter Dina Asher-Smith among the names in action on the opening day. The men's 10,000m final concludes the action, with Team GB's Sam Atkin and Marc Scott taking part in the absence of 2012 and 2016 champion Sir Mo Farah (1am-2.30pm)

ROWING
· Victoria Thornley is Team GB's representative in the women's single sculls final (1.33am)
· Great Britain will be going for gold in the men's eight final (2.25am)

SWIMMING
· Team GB duo Molly Renshaw and Abbie Wood take part in the women's 200m breaststroke final, but new Olympic record-holder Tatjana Schoenmaker of South Africa is the hot favourite (2.41am)
· Luke Greenbank has very realistic ambitions of picking up a medal in the men's 200m backstroke final (2.50am)
· There is also British representation in the women's 100m freestyle final, although any medal for Anna Hopkin would be a surprise (2.59am)
· With one gold and one silver already under his belt at these Games, Duncan Scott goes again in the men's 200m individual medley final (3.16am)

TRAMPOLINE
· Bryony Page will be looking to repeat her 2016 heroics in the women's event (5am-7.30pm)

CANOE SLALOM
· Bradley Forbes-Cryans will be looking to emulate Rio gold medallist Joe Clarke in the men's kayak event (6am-9am)

FOOTBALL
· The women's tournament enters the quarter-finals, with Great Britain facing Australia at the Ibaraki Kashima Stadium (10am)

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