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Match Analysis: Team GB 0-2 Canada

Sports Mole dissects the 90 minutes of action as Canada overcome Team GB 2-0 in the Olympic quarter-finals.

Team GB's Olympic journey came to an end this evening following a 2-0 defeat to an impressive Canada side at the City of Coventry Stadium.

Hope Powell's side entered the match having not conceded a single goal in the tournament, but that was undone 12 minutes into proceedings.

Canada have set up a semi-final clash with great rivals the United States, while Powell's side are cruelly eliminated without the chance to play for a medal.

Here, Sports Mole dissects the 90 minutes of action between the two sides.

Team GB statistics:
Shots 13
On target 5
Possession 47%
Corners 5
Fouls 5

Canada statistics:
Shots 9
On target 6
Possession 53%
Corners 5
Fouls 11

Was the result fair?

Just about. It wasn't the best of matches in truth, but Canada just about shaded the game without ever really threatening to run away with it. Team GB were not allowed to play their normal game this evening, and credit must be given to the Canadians.

Team GB's performance

Powell's side started the match the better, while they enjoyed plenty of the ball throughout the evening. The pace of Eniola Aluko did cause Canada problems, but it was always the final ball that failed to reach the desired target.

Canada's performance

It was an extremely professional performance from Canada this evening. They grew into the first half, while the opening goal opened up breathing space in the match. It wasn't the best of performances, but in Christine Sinclair and Melissa Tancredi, they always carried a threat.

Sports Mole's woman of the match

Christine Sinclair: The 29-year-old, widely regarded as currently the best striker in the game, had an extremely impressive evening. Her link-up play was a particularly highlight, while she bent a fabulous free kick into the corner in the opening half.

Referee performance

Japanese referee Sachiko Yamagishi had an extremely productive evening and allowed the match to flow at all times - although she might have handed Team GB late penalty when Eluko was felled in the area. The standard of refereeing has been extremely high this year, and tonight was no different.

Biggest gaffe of the game

The decision to bench Kelly Smith. It is one of those situations where if it works, then Powell would be considered a genius. However, she must take the blame for the omission. The 33-year-old may have been carrying a knock, but she could surely have played a part.

What next?

Team GB: That's it for Team GB as their Olympic medal hopes are dashed.

Canada: The victory sets up a last-four clash against great rivals the United States.

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CountryGold medalSilver MedalBronze MedalT
ChinaChina32221670
United StatesUnited States25312379
JapanJapan2171240
Great BritainGreat Britain15181548
AustraliaAustralia1541736
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Thursday's key events


ATHLETICS
· The women's heptathlon continues with the long jump, javelin and 800m, with Katarina Johnson-Thompson now out of contention following an injury (1.10am-1.40pm)
· Andrew Pozzi pursues his dream of an Olympic medal in the men's 110m hurdles final (3.55am)
· Tom Bosworth and Callum Wilkinson are among the British hopes in the men's 20km race walk (8.30am)
· Holly Bradshaw aims to improve on fifth in Rio to challenge Greece's Katerina Stefanidi and Anzhelika Sidorova of Russia for an unlikely medal in the women's pole vault (11am)
· London 2012 champion Kirani James goes up against current world champion Steven Gardiner in the men's 400m final (1pm)

MARATHON SWIMMING
· One of the toughest Olympic events takes place in Tokyo Bay as GB's Hector Pardoe takes on the men's 20km marathon swim (10.30pm Wed)

BOXING
· Galal Yafai takes on takes on Kazakhstan's Saken Bibossinov for a spot in the gold medal bout of the fly (48kg-52kg) class (6.48am)

DIVING
· Lois Toulson and Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix (daughter of First Dates' Fred Sirieix) line up for the women's 10m platform (semi-final 2am; final 7am)

HOCKEY
· Australia face Belgium in the men's final (11am)

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