Olympic Soccer 2016: TV Schedule, Live Stream and Women's Quarter-Final Times

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistAugust 12, 2016

BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - AUGUST 06:  Carli Lloyd of United States celebrates after scoring during the Women's Group G first round match between United States and France during Day 1 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Mineirao Stadium on August 6, 2016 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  (Photo by Pedro Vilela/Getty Images)
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The United States continue their campaign to win a fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal in women's football on Wednesday when they face Sweden in the quarter-finals on Friday.

Hosts Brazil take on Australia as they look to win the country's first football gold, while two-time World Cup winners Germany are up against China.

Meanwhile, Canada, the only side who came through the group stage with a perfect record of three wins from three, face France.

Read on for a closer look at the quarter-final clashes at Rio 2016, along with full scheduling and live-streaming details.

Rio 2016: Women's Quarter-Final Schedule
DateTime (ET/BST)Fixture
Aug. 12noon/5 p.m.USA vs. Sweden
Aug. 123 p.m./8 p.m.China vs. Germany
Aug. 126 p.m./11 p.m.Canada vs. France
Aug. 129 p.m./2 a.m. (next day)Brazil vs. Australia
BBC Sport

Live-stream all matches via NBC Olympics (U.S.) and BBC Sport (UK).

      

Quarter-Final Preview

The U.S. women's national team were far from perfect in the group stage, and they go into their last-eight clash with Sweden after a 2-2 draw with Colombia, a match they dominated but could not win.

Importantly, though, they managed to top Group G thanks to previous victories against New Zealand (2-0) and France (1-0).

Carli Lloyd, scorer of two goals so far in Brazil, said the USWNT know they have more to give as the tournament reaches the knockout stages, per U.S. Soccer:

The objective was made; we came top of the group. We as athletes, we always want to perform well, every single game, but reality is that it’s not possible. I look at this [draw with Colombia] as a positive, as something that we can use to motivate ourselves. We know we can be better. We have to move on and now it’s do-or-die time, one game at a time. We’ll be ready and fired up.

Sweden qualified for the last eight as one of the best third-place finishers, after they picked up four points in Group E.

An opening 1-0 win for the Swedes over South Africa was followed by a 5-1 drubbing at the hands of Brazil and a 0-0 draw with China.

As the world champions and defending Olympic champions, the U.S. have an aura about them, and it would be a huge upset were Sweden to make it through to the semi-finals.

In all likelihood, it will be the USWNT who advance from the match in Brasilia and potentially set up a mouth-watering clash with home nation Brazil:

The Selecao are looking to go all the way to gold in 2016 after picking up silver medals at the 2004 and 2008 Games.

As well as their defeat of Sweden, Brazil beat China 3-0 in their opener and drew 0-0 with South Africa.

Led by the legendary Marta, their home advantage will give them an edge over Australia on Friday.

The Matildas have enjoyed mixed fortunes so far in the tournament but are undoubtedly on the up.

Brazil's player Marta is seen during the Olympic Games Rio 2016 women's first round Group E football match between South Africa and Brazil at the Arena Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil, on August 9, 2016. / AFP / RAPHAEL ALVES        (Photo credit should read R
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They lost their opener to Canada before claiming a fine 2-2 draw with Germany and thrashing Zimbabwe 6-1 in their final group match.

The latest result will give them huge confidence heading into their quarter-final with Brazil, and it is likely to be a tightly fought affair in Belo Horizonte.

Germany, the second-ranked team in the world and three-time Olympic bronze medalists, will need to improve if they are to get past China.

While they also thrashed Zimbabwe 6-1 in Group F, they went on to draw with Australia and then surprisingly lose to Canada, a shaky return for a team usually so consistent.

In-form Canada's clash with a classy France side is perhaps the most difficult to call, but Les Bleus should prevail if they show their best form.

Two convincing victories over Colombia and New Zealand were split by their narrow loss to the U.S. in the group stage, and the No. 3 side in the tournament has more than enough quality to make the last four.

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