Olympic football: Record-breaking crowd sees Team GB women win in style
- 1 August 2012
- From the section Student reports
Great Britain's women footballers rose to the occasion and gave the record-breaking crowd of 70,584 something to shout about as they beat Brazil 1-0 at Wembley Stadium.
We knew even before entering the stadium that it would be a big turn-out because we couldn't even get on to the first train when we were trying to get to the ground.
And when we did get on a train we were surrounded by a mix of Brazil and GB flags.
We took the opportunity to interview some of the British supporters about the game, and how they felt about the progression of women's football.
Team GB supporter Marilyn Goodwin said: "I think it's fantastic to be part of the biggest crowd for women's football in this country.
"Women's football has been put on the backburner but this is brilliant and we're doing well."
And Marilyn explained why they were so interested in coming to the event.
"My daughter plays for Headstone Manor in Harrow and she's going to be playing for Wealdstone, which is where [Former England player and Team GB men's manager] Stuart Pearce is from!"
There was a real family atmosphere inside the ground with lots of children, and more men than we expected to see, and we noticed that the male fans were really giving the match the respect it deserved.
Lots of the crowd were in their national colours - red, white and blue union jack flags for the GB fans and yellow and green for the Brazil supporters.
We took our seats about five minutes before kick-off and the noise inside the stadium was getting progressively louder with people chanting "GB" and "Brazil".
When the players came out from the tunnel, the crowd went wild and the volume increased.
Something that was really noticeable was all the camera flashes going off all around the ground, especially once the match kicked off - we were even taking photos ourselves!
Only 90 seconds into the game and GB managed to take the lead with a goal scored by Stephanie Houghton, who has scored in every game of the tournament.
The chance came after a Great Britain corner. The ball ricocheted to Stephanie, who scored with a right-footed strike.
Brazil had lots of possession and the GB goalkeeper Karen Bardsley had to make several good saves.
Later on in the first half, Brazil came close to equalising via a header from GB defender Alex Scott, who was close to her own goal and under a lot of pressure from Marta and Cristiane.
Midway through the second half, Great Britain missed the opportunity to go even further ahead when Kelly Smith had her penalty saved by the Brazil goalkeeper.
Overall, the 1-0 result seemed fair, with both sides of having lots of chances to score to make it entertaining for all the fans.
The atmosphere was really electric and it was good to feel part of such a massive crowd - it was special to be a part of football history!