It's a full slate of women's soccer on Tuesday at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, with all 12 teams in action as they wrap up the group stage and get ready for the knockout portion of the tournament.
The 12 teams will be trimmed down to eight once the day is complete. Brazil, Canada and the United States have already secured passage to the quarterfinals but will still be looking to secure the top positions in their respective groups and avoid tougher competition in the next round.
Here's a look at the group-stage standings and TV schedule for Tuesday. For those looking to live-stream the action, head on over to NBCOlympics.com.
|2016 Summer Olympics Women's Soccer Standings|
|2016 Olympic Soccer Schedule for Tuesday, August 9|
|3 p.m.||Canada vs. Germany||F||NBC Sports Network|
|3 p.m.||Australia vs. Zimbabwe||F||NBC Soccer Channel|
|6 p.m.||USA vs. Colombia||G||NBC Sports Network|
|6 p.m.||New Zealand vs. France||G||NBC Soccer Channel|
|9 p.m.||China vs. Sweden||E||NBC Soccer Channel|
|9 p.m.||Brazil vs. South Africa||E||NBC Soccer Channel|
With the Brazil men's soccer team suffering some sort of crisis of confidence during this Olympic tournament, the women's team has provided the host nation with plenty to be proud of and has perhaps rescued this soccer-crazed country from a crisis of the existential variety.
Marta and Co. are tied with Germany for the tournament lead with eight goals as a team. Brazil started off Olympic play with a 3-0 win over China before smacking Sweden 5-1, with Marta notching a brace in that contest. Her play, along with some fine scoring support from Cristiane and Beatriz, has the country beaming with the kind of pride often reserved for the men's side.
"I now prefer to watch women’s football more than men’s," Theresa Rodriguez, a Brazilian student, told the Wall Street Journal's Reed Johnson and Luciana Magalhaes. "They are showing what Brazilian football is. The men are not showing this."
With a hefty plus-seven goal differential after just two games, Brazil is all but assured of finishing first in Group E.
Canada may be on top in Group F entering Tuesday's play, but it might not be there by the end of the day after playing a high-powered German side. Germany, ranked No. 2 in the world, is coming off a tough 2-2 draw against Australia and will be playing for its tournament life on Tuesday, knowing the Aussies have a strong chance of getting three points and racking up a few goals against an overmatched Zimbabwe squad.
Canada has relied on Janine Beckie (three goals) and Christine Sinclair (two goals) to provide all of its scoring thus far in the tournament. If Germany can figure out a way to neutralize those two, which is far easier said than done, it could find the creativity and finishing necessary to notch a goal or two and surge to the top of the group with a win.
As for Group G, the world No. 1 United States is looking to make it a perfect 3-0 in group-stage play against a listless Colombia side that is goalless after two games at the Olympics. Team USA took control of the group with a 1-0 win over France, ranked third in the world by FIFA and therefore one of the most dangerous teams in the tournament.
Carli Lloyd scored the winner in that match, providing fans with yet more evidence that she's one of the top players in the world and one who consistently raises her game when the stakes are highest.
NBC Olympics has the highlight of her game-winning tap-in:
With Hope Solo turning in fine performances in goal and the back line holding secure against tough opposition, Team USA should have no problem cruising past Colombia and setting itself up for the quarterfinals and yet another run at Olympic gold.