Hope lauds record crowd
Great Britain 1-0 Brazil
London 2012 Women's Football
7.45pm, Tuesday 31 July 2012
Wembley Stadium, London
Live on BBC3
Hope Powell paid tribute to the record crowd that helped inspire her Team GB Women’s side to a 1-0 Olympic win over Brazil.
70,584 fans, the largest ever audience for a women’s game in Britain, crammed into Wembley Stadium to see Great Britain take on the two-time Olympic silver medallists and they left the game elated after Steph Houghton’s second-minute strike secured three points which allowed Team GB to top Group E.
"The atmosphere was electric and we got off to a great start," said Powell. "It gave us an edge, it was fantastic. Personally, I wish I could thank every one of the supporters.
"Usually when I talk on the sidelines the girls can hear me, but this was a good excuse for them to ignore me."
Team GB can now prepare for Friday’s quarter-final against Canada, who finished third in Group F, and Powell believes her charges will be up against it.
"Canada are a decent side, their group was tough,” she said. "I went to Switzerland to watch them a couple of weeks ago when they played New Zealand and I have come up against them a couple of times before as England coach.
"It will be a hard contest. I know their manager John Herdman and their fitness levels are ten times better than they used to be."