Great Britain v New Zealand as it happened

A Steph Houghton free-kick gives Great Britain victory over New Zealand in the opening event of the 2012 London Olympics.

25 July 2012 Last updated at 18:23

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As it happened

  1. 1821: 

    So, Great Britain currently have a 100% success rate at these Olympics. Long may that continue. Join us tomorrow for the start of the men's football campaign. I'll see thee.

  2. 1817: 

    Some of you may be coming late to the Olympic party today and may well have missed the goal that secured the British women's football team and opening victory. Never fear, as you can watch it in all it's well-struck, Steph Houghtony, free-kicky glory right here on this very website. Enjoy.

  3. 1813: 

    The USA are not one of the favourites for women's football gold for nothing. They now lead France 3-2 having trailed 2-0 early in the first half.

  4. 1812: 

    Senegal had hoped to have Newcastle forward duo Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba in their squad but, following talks with United, opted to omit the pair. That is a relief for Pearce's side. Anyone who saw those two last season will be able to tell you why. Basically, it is because they are really good.

    However, Everton striker Magaye Gueye and the aforementioned Diame will feature.

  5. 1810: 

    Senegal are in no mood to be whipping boys in a party on GB turf, though. Midfielder Mohamed Diame, who has recently signed for West Ham, thinks they can surprise the hosts. "It's good for us to start against them because it will take time for the British players to get to know each other properly," he told BBC Sport. "If we can start well then we have a great chance to go to the quarter-finals."


    Robert Parsons: "Well done to the ladies footy team good who to start off #teamGB Olympics."


    Daniel Wrenn: "Has just noticed that the female footy teams are better than the male ones!"

  8. 1806: 

    Job done for Britain's women in their opening game. Tomorrow sees the men's football team get their campaign under way against Senegal at Old Trafford (19:45 BST). Stuart Pearce's men didn't have the best of warm-up experiences with Brazil absolutely taking them apart last week. However, Pearce is adamant his men will improve for the big show.

  9. 1800: 

    England midfielder Sue Smith: "Great Britain have a great bench and there are impact players who can do a job. It is a tough job for Hope but a nice one to have. We wanted a good confidence performance and we got the win."

  10. 1759: 

    It is now half-time in the games between USA and France and Japan v Canada. At one stage, USA trailed 2-0 but have pulled it back to 2-2. Japan lead Canada 2-0.

  11. 1757: 

    England midfielder Sue Smith: "To have the confidence to strike the ball like that was great. It had whip and pace and the goalkeeper had no chance. It was a fantastic strike. She had the belief that she was going to score."

  12. 1757: 

    Former England captain Faye White: "Steph has a had a lot of misfortune in the past and it is brilliant the confidence she has shown to step up and score the free-kick."

  13. 1757: 

    Granted, this is the only completed game so far, but as it stands Great Britain top Group E with maximum points. Cameroon and Brazil, the other two teams in that group, play against each other from 18:45 BST at the Millennium Stadium. So far, so good.

  14. 1755: 

    Former Sunderland player Jen O'Neill on BBC Radio 5 live:"Maybe not the most convincing performance but in games like this it is all about the result. It's not the best they can produce but hopefully they can take take the positives from it and move on."

  15. 1754:  
    BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at the Millennium StadiumKEY MOMENT

    "Two halves that started with New Zealand on top before GB took control. The difference was GB took one of their many chances after the restart. The crowd played their part, really getting behind the team, and it must rate as a positive start to the Games."

  16. 1753: 
    FULL-TIME- Great Britain 1-0 New Zealand
  17. 1753: 

    It is punted to the edge of the box where a home head meets it and the referee has the whistle to her lips...

  18. 1753: 

    They have a free-kick. They can launch this into the Britain box. This is their last chance surely...

  19. 1752: 

    Britain doing a good job to wind down the clock. Alex Scott wastes some valuable time by earning her side a free-kick. New Zealand win back possession, though. Have they got one last attack left in them?

  20. 1750: 

    The 90 minutes are up. There are going to be three minutes of added time. New Zealand pouring forward. Alex Scott does well, though, to hammer clear under pressure.

  21. 1748: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Great Britain - Fara Williams on for Karen Carney
  22. 1747: 

    Two minutes to go. Britain are so, so close to winning their first match at these (or indeed, any other) Olympic Games. There are some tired limbs out there. Some tired minds as well.

  23. 1745: 

    Great effort from Amber Hearn for New Zealand. She attempts to curl a shot in from a central position on the edge of the area. Fortunately for Britain, Karen Bardsley does an equally good job to tip over. The home keeper follows this up with a good clearance from the resulting corner. It is a clear reminder to Hope Powell's side that they cannot afford to switch off for a second.

  24. 1742: 

    A free-kick to Britain - for a foul on Rachel Yankey - gives them some respite. Steph Houghton swings in a deep ball that earns the home side a corner. The delivery reaches Eniola Aluko at the back post and her return cross is glanced just past her own back post by Ria Percival. It is another corner, but this time New Zealand survive more comfortably.

  25. 1738: 

    You can sense the urgency in the New Zealand play now. The ball is predominantly in the Britain half.

  26. 1733: 
    SUBSTITUTION- New Zealand - Annalie Longo on for Kirsty Yallop
  27. 1732: 

    Oh what a chance to equalise for Sarah Gregorius! It is a horror show from the Britain defence to present the Kiwi striker with the chance as Ifeoma Dieke and Casey Stoney collide on the edge of the area to allow the ball to run through on goal. However, Gregorius's shot was weak and poorly placed and allowed Karen Bardsley to dive to her left and save low. It was a decent save but Bardsley shouldn't have been given a chance.

  28. 1730:  
    BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at the Millennium StadiumKEY MOMENT

    "Well, that goal has certainly got everyone going inside the Millennium Stadium, with blasts of 'Team GB' flying around the place. Fully deserved from the team that has clearly been far more creative."


    James Shillaker: "Maybe Becks isn't in the men's Team GB squad but his trademark free kick is alive and well in the women's with Houghton."

    Glen Naylor on Twitter: "We finally score! Great freekick from Horton & #teamGB. Dominance finally pays."

    BDT87 on Twitter: "Amazing Free kick!! well done #TeamGB keep it up!"

  30. 1730: 

    New Zealand have to go for it now. They have 20 minutes to salvage something from this game. Kirsty Yallop has a pop from 25 yards, but she miscues it well wide. Britain need to be careful. The lead isn't strong enough to sit back on.

  31. 1728: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Great Britain - Rachel Yankey on for Kelly Smith
  32. 1728: 

    Great work from Karen Bardsley to deny Sarah Gregorius. The keeper rushes out to meet the Kiwi striker and dive at her feet to block. Then, down the other end, Eniola Aluko is almost in but denied at the last by a Kiwi boot. It is an open game now.

  33. 1726: 

    Former Leeds United striker Lucy Ward: "Brilliant! Hard and low in the corner, Steph Houghton can't half strike a ball. It was accurate with a bit of pace, fantastic finish. The GB players in the wall did their job for her."

  34. 1726: 

    Former Sunderland player Jen O'Neill on BBC Radio 5 live:"I don't really know what Bindon was doing there. She has lined up her wall centrally and got nowhere near the free-kick but all credit to Great Britain."

  35. 1723: 
    GOAL- Great Britain 1-0 New Zealand (Steph Houghton)

    Finally, Great Britain get their reward. Moments earlier, Ellen White had been denied a goal by a great Kiwi tackle. But Steph Houghton was far more clinical from a 25-yard free-kick, which she curled over the wall with her right foot over the wall and past Jenny Bindon. The first goal by a British woman in the Olympics goes to the Arsenal player and it is richly deserved.

  36. 1721:  
    BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at the Millennium Stadium:

    "The pace seems to have dropped since the restart, as does the frequency of GB chances and the decibel level inside the stadium. If ever a game needed a goal..........."

  37. 1719: 
    SUBSTITUTION- New Zealand - Betsy Hassett on for Hayley Moorwood
  38. 1717: 

    Great Britain re-establishing their authority. Steph Houghton shoots from range but it is easy enough for Jenny Bindon to gather first time. Then, moments later, Alex Scott runs in to meet a Kelly Smith pass to the back post on the right but is denied by a last-ditch Kiwi tackle.

  39. 1716: 

    Former Sunderland player Jen O'Neill on BBC Radio 5 live:"I haven't been convinced with the goalkeeper Bindon so if you pepper her with shots and follow them in I would expect there to be more chances."

  40. 1716: 

    One of the big favourites USA have made a dreadful start to the Olympic women's football. They are 2-0 down against France already.

  41. 1713: 

    Britain's turn to threaten. Steph Houghton's cross from the left drifts past the flailing arms of Jenny Bindon but also just past the far post. It is a corner, which Anita Asante hits at the back post but only against the body of a Kiwi player. It is another corner, but this is dealt with far better by the Black Ferns.

  42. 1711: 

    As in the first half, New Zealand have started the second strongest. Hannah Wilkinson is wide right and fires a shot across goal and wide. At least, I think it was a shot. She could have been crossing but there wasn't a single other Kiwi within yards.

  43. 1710: 

    Some extra patriotism from Kelly Smith. She is sporting red,white and blue nail varnish. I think Micah Richards is planning to do the same tomorrow.

  44. 1708: 

    Early corner to New Zealand. Ria Percival swings it over but Steph Houghton does well to hook it away after an initial Kiwi header. However, New Zealand have a free-kick midway in the Britain half. Amber Hearn strikes it, after being teed up by Kirsty Yallop, but it goes well wide.

    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport

    On Twitter: "If life is about taking your opportunities then this could become tricky for Team GB. More wasteful than my son eating his dinner."

  46. 1705: 

    England midfielder Sue Smith: "Great Britain need to continue with the moment, as they got gradually better. They just need a goal and then hopefully will get more after that."

  47. 1705: 

    Former England captain Faye White: "You always want to win the opening game, and be relaxed in the second but we will be aggrieved not to have gone one or two-nil up. We know we can beat New Zealand and need to take these opportunities so we are not chasing a result against Brazil."

  48. 1705: 
    KICK-OFF- Great Britain 0-0 New Zealand
  49. 1704: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Great Britain - Ellen White on for Kim Little
  50. 1704: 

    It is not all Team GB today. There are five other games in the women's football tournament today and two of those are about to kick off. They are big games as well with World Cup finalists Japan and USA taking on Canada and France respectively. If you want to watch those you can do so on the BBC Olympic channels, via the red button and on our interactive video player.


    Jeremy Crook on Twitter: "Great to see British footballers be ambitious and take the game to the opponents - oh for the men to be so bold!"

  52. 1655: 

    Quite simply, Great Britain should be ahead in Wales. They had a dodgy first 15 minutes (which I'm putting down to nerves), but since then have dominated the Kiwis. A bit more composure from Anita Asante and they could be two or three up. If they play like that in the second 45 minutes you can't imagine this game ending goalless.


    Stevie Pardoe: "Everything seems to have gone through the left flank, need to mix it up a bit."


    Christopher Nash on Twitter: "If the standard of this first half is matched in all sports by @teamgb we're going to have a great games!"

  55. 1651:  
    BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at the Millennium Stadium:

    "Fair play to Team GB. They looked slow and second best at the start but have really climbed into this contest and dominated the last 30 minutes. Not so pleasing will be the fact so many chances have been wasted. It was the same story against Sweden on Friday and Powell's team need to find their shooting boots at the break."

  56. 1650: 

    Former Sunderland player Jen O'Neill on BBC Radio 5 live: "I really do think Team GB are starting to show they have some sharpness up front. They are creating chances and look lively in attack."

  57. 1650: 

    Former England captain Faye White: "We started off quite nervous but as the game has gone on, the players look relaxed and finding each other's feet in their passing."

  58. 1650: 

    England midfielder Sue Smith: "The emotion of Kelly Smith epitomises what it means to the players. That showed in the first 10-15 minutes but then they grew into it and looked dangerous at times."

  59. 1648: 
    HALF-TIME- Great Britain 0-0 New Zealand
  60. 1648: 

    What a chance for Kim Little! She is in on goal following a neat pass down the left and into the box from Eniola Aluko. However, the Scot delays her shot as she looks to find a team-mate square, to the detriment of a shooting opportunity of her own and when her delivery does come it is blocked and then cleared. The Kiwi players gratefully welcome the half-time whistle.


    Izo on Twitter: "Kim Little is a class above anyone on the pitch. Top class touches and playmaking at the top of the midfield."

  62. 1645: 

    One minute of additional time added at the end of this first half. Britain will have been hoping for more as they are well, well on top.

  63. 1644: 

    Former Leeds United striker Lucy Ward: "New Zealand started the better of the half but Team GB have got into the game and ill be disappointed to have not scored. You have to take your chances at this level."

  64. 1644: 

    Another yellow card, this time to New Zealand's Hannah Wilkinson, who floors a member of Team GB and is punished. Plenty fo frustration in that challenge as the Kiwi forwards have hardly had a sniff the last 20 minutes.

  65. 1643: 

    Another British attack sees Alex Scott forward again from full-back on the right. However, her cross is claimed by Kiwi keeper Jenny Bindon. New Zealand will be by far the happier team to see the score still goalless.

  66. 1640: 

    Anita Aasante again... and wide. Again. The ball is delivered from the right and Asante charges in to meet it, but she heads powerfully past the near post. Will Britain be left to rue all these missed chances?

  67. 1639: 

    Team GB have taken charge of this game now. They should be ahead. Alex Scott is given possession in the box by Kelly Smith. However, she is on an angle on the right and instead of trusting her left foot she opts to drift a looping shot towards goal with her right. Her effort goes wide of the far post.

    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport

    On Twitter: "Team GB going full tilt now. And some good news for all the players, none of the pitch appears to be in the glare of the sun any longer."

  69. 1637: 

    Another great headed chance for Anita Asante and another agonising miss! Kelly Smith's corner finds the midfielder at the back post but she can only nod it wide of goal. Two glorious opportunites for the same player, who should have taken at least one of them.

  70. 1634: 

    Oh, so close! Anita Asante is the width of a post away from giving Britain the lead. Eniola Aluko's cross from the left finds Asante in the box and her header was decent enough, just not quite good enough. Kiwi keeper Jenny Bindon is relieved to see the ball bounce clear off the woodwork.

  71. 1633: 

    Former Sunderland player Jen O'Neill on BBC Radio 5 live: "I think it is a tall order to expect Team GB to win this competition but if you get on a roll and people get behind you then you just never know what might happen."

  72. 1633: 

    Britain are moving the ball really well now. They just need to be a bit quicker when they get in dangerous areas. Kelly Smith is left frustrated as a ball is played to her way too late and she stranded offside.

  73. 1629: 

    Former Sunderland player Jen O'Neill on BBC Radio 5 live: "They [Team GB] are starting to find some good possession now with some good movement play and link ups up front."

  74. 1629: 

    Britain's best chances of fashioning something come from the experience and strength of Kelly Smith and the pace of her attacking partner Eniola Aluko. Get the ball to those two and the home side can hurt the Kiwis. New Zealand are only too aware of this, though, and are stalking the pair in numbers.

  75. 1626: 

    We are 25 minutes into the Olympic Games and so far the home crowd haven't had too much to really cheer about. Team GB's female footballers are working hard, though. Kelly Smith sets up Alex Scott down the right, but her angled shot trickles across goal and wide. Good running, bad shooting.


    Brent, A Kiwi in London: "Big game for Sarah "sugarfoot" Gregorius. She is our fox in the box and should cause havoc again."

  77. 1624:  
    BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at the Millennium Stadium:

    "The crowd inside the Millennium Stadium seem pretty excited by what they are witnessing. There was even a blast of 'Teeaammmm GB' a short while ago and there is no doubt that Hope Powell's team are growing into this match after a shaky start."


    The Silver Surfer: "I expect Kelly Smith to shoot from all angles."

  79. 1621: 

    Oh that is a great save from Jenny Bindon to keep Team GB out. Kelly Smith's corner is punched away by the Kiwi keeper but only as far as Eniola Aluko. The Brit forward strikes at goal but Bindon is up really quickly to block. Great keeping.

  80. 1620: 

    Team GB are definitely looking stronger now. They force another corner, which Jenny Bindon punches away. However, more British pressure sees them win a free-kick midway in the Kiwi half. Steph Houghton strikes it towards goal and Bindon takes no chances by palming behind for another corner...

  81. 1619: 

    Back down the other end, Amber Hearn is able to loop a header towards goal from a long cross, but it falls comfortably into the grateful hands of home keeper Karen Bardsley.

  82. 1618: 

    Kelly Smith nearly creates a great chance for Team GB by nipping in to steal the ball off the Kiwi keeper out wide. The home striker is unable to fashion anything, though, due to a lack of any support from her team-mates.

  83. 1616: 

    As a reminder, this is Team GB women's first game in their four-team group. After this, they will play Cameroon and Brazil, the latter being one of the favourites for gold. The top two are guaranteed qualification. As always in any such tournament, a good start is a must and after a shaky start Team GB are growing into this game.

  84. 1613: 

    Former Sunderland player Jen O'Neill on BBC Radio 5 live: "New Zealand are not exactly Brazil and there are signs that they could be caught in possession if Team GB can just keep putting them under pressure."

  85. 1613: 

    That is a bit more like it from Team GB. Kelly Smith and Eniola Aluko combine to force a corner. Kim Little's delivery ultimately falls for Casey Stoney but her ball back in alludes her team-mates. Eventually, Aluko has a long-range shot, but it drifts well wide. Much more promising, though, and it has lifted the crowd.

  86. 1611:  
    BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at the Millennium Stadium:

    "Very decent start by New Zealand, with Team GB struggling to get a foothold in the contest. Having said that, there is no lack of encouragement for the home side, who are being cheered every time they push forward."

  87. 1610: 

    There are plenty of nerves visible in the Team GB players. Passes are going astray too easily and nothing is being hit with the kind of authority you would normally expect. Nobody said opening the Olympics on home turf was without pressure. They'll need to conquer that, though.

  88. 1609: 

    Casey Stoney does really well to get her head to Hannah Wilkinson's right-wing cross to prevent two Kiwi attackers being presented with a shooting opportunity. Team GB still largely on the back foot.

  89. 1606: 

    It's worth pointing out that seven of today's GB team were involved in the England side that beat New Zealand in the 2011 women's World Cup in Germany. In that game the Kiwis were pretty physical and took the lead through Sarah Gregorius, who starts this afternoon, before a more advanced Jill Scott got an equaliser and Jess Clarke scored the winner. Unfortunately, Clarke was not one of those selected in the GB squad.

  90. 1606: 

    Team GB haven't got a foothold in the game yet. New Zealand are looking confident and dangerous, with dangerwoman Amber Hearn particularly lively.

  91. 1604: 

    Former Sunderland player Jen O'Neill on BBC Radio 5 live: "You can already see that New Zealand are playing really high and isolating Casey Stoney for Team GB."

  92. 1604: 

    Early card goes Team GB's Anita Asante's way for a raking tackle on a New Zealand midfielder. She needs to be very careful now. It comes just before the first attack of the game, which comes from the Black Ferns, with Amber Hearn rising in the box but heading wide under pressure.

  93. 1602: 

    New Zealand not scared of a tackle or two. They are a physical bunch. Hannah Wilkinson goes in heavy on Ifeoma Dieke and is penalised.

  94. 1600: 

    We are under way people. London 2012 is off.

  95. 1600: 
    KICK-OFF- Great Britain v New Zealand

    Helen M via text: "Carney deserves to start. Brilliant player for Birmingham and England. Great runs and a free kick expert. Come on Team GB."

    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport

    On Twitter: "NZ v Team GB - quite literally a black and white fixture. No room for confusion during this one."

  98. 1556: 

    There you have it folks, the first rendition of the national anthem. They even graced us with a second verse of God Save the Queen. It is fair to say the Team GB ladies weren't expecting it.

  99. 1553: 

    Former Leeds United striker Lucy Ward: "New Zealand want to win this game and they will do anything to stop England's top players. They have put out a very physical side other there."


    Lucy Hutchinson on Twitter: "Hmmmmm, starting to get nervous! Can't imagine what it must be like for the actual athletes! Go on the girls!!

    Jessica Dilley on Twitter: "Come on Girls, make Great Britain proud!So excited, it's a dream come true to have the Olympics in our country!"

    Caroline Jones on Twitter: "I have so much respect for Hope Powell. What a manager. I'm sure she could whip the England men into shape!"

  101. 1553: 

    As the players make their way out on to the pitch, here's some chat about the Team GB ladies to look out for...

    Arsenal's Kelly Smith is usually the player that provides the guile at this level, but after an injury-hit season she is still working her way back to fitness. Birmingham's Karen Carney may be able to help in that regard, as well as Scot Kim Little, while Jill Scott scored against New Zealand for England in last summer's World Cup. It's worth keeping an eye out for right-back Alex Scott, too. She will look to burst down the wing when she can.

  102. 1552: 

    Do you want to watch this game? You do? Well you're in luck. In keeping with the BBC's promise to ensure you don't miss a minute of Olympic action this summer (we've got 24 dedicated channels don't you know), you can watch this via our shiny new interactive video player, which is at the top right of this page. You're welcome.

  103. 1550: 

    Great Britain coach Hope Powell: "The competition for places in this team is fierce. The conditions will be hot and there will be changes at half-time, everyone will have to be prepared for that.

    "The conditions are same for both teams but it is not something we are used to. It has got considerably hotter over the last three days and hopefully we will have enough water breaks in between.

    "New Zealand have improved since the World Cup and they will be a tough, physical side. They will not let us settle on the ball and we will have to work the ball quickly. It will be a tough contest.

    "It is an honour to get the games going and the atmosphere in Cardiff has been fantastic. Everyone is enjoying the moment and embracing the Olympic spirit."

  104. 1550: 

    One player who will be key to Team GB's hopes is captain and central defender Casey Stoney, who has received the backing of her Lincoln Ladies club manager Glen Harris. Harris told BBC Sport: "Casey is a natural leader and an inspiration and I really think they [Team GB] can do it. "The draw is decent and they are pretty confident they can go all the way."

  105. 1548: 

    So what of today's opponents for Team GB? Well, New Zealand will be underdogs today. The Football Ferns beat Papua New Guinea 15-0 over two legs in the Oceania Women's Olympic Qualifier Final to qualify for these Games. Striker Amber Hearn, who has played for both Doncaster and Arsenal is the one to watch.

  106. 1545:  
    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport

    "Warm-ups over, teams back down the tunnel, not quite the 40,000 inside the Millennium Stadium that has been predicted but there is time yet. Just to give you an idea on formations, expect Team GB to line-up 4-2-3-1, and the Football Ferns 4-4-2, with a midfield diamond."


    Simon Ashton on Twitter: "I think the women will get a medal. Whereas the mens team will be fortunate to get a corner."

  108. 1543: 

    Former England captain Faye White: "The girls are just trying to take it all in, with the kit, mixing with the other athletes and with the men in the village."

  109. 1543: 

    England manager Hope Powell has largely stuck with what she knows in selecting her Team GB squad. Only two of the 18-strong squad are non-English. Scottish defender Ifeoma Dieke and midfielder Kim Little are both starting today.

    BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at the Millennium Stadium:

    On Twitter: "Cardiff - seriously hot. Security at the gates is thorough. Fans milling around as the hours tick down to Team GB v NZ. Olympics here we go."


    BDT87 on Twitter: "First event of the Olympics starts NOW, and in WAAAAAAALES! C'mon Team GB!!!"

  112. 1538: 

    Team GB coach Hope Powell is under no illusions as to just how significant today is for her and her side. "It puts women's football out there, puts it on the map and hopefully will showcase the sport," Powell said. "It's our first time as Team GB and you will be nervous, but I'm sure they will rise to the occasion."

  113. 1536:  
    BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at the Millennium Stadium:

    "Team GB coach Hope Powell makes one change from the team that drew with Sweden in their warm-up game at the Riverside on Friday as Karen Carney comes in for Ellen White. That means no starting berth for Rachel Yankey, who hit the woodwork after coming off the bench against the Swedes. One to watch from New Zealand? Highly-rated forward Amber Hearn."

  114. 1534: 

    Karen Carney starts for Team GB against New Zealand, in the only change from the side that drew 0-0 with Sweden in their one and only warm-up game last week.

  115. 1533: 

    Right, football at the Olympics. It is a strange concept for most in Britain, who haven't had a team to cheer of either sex since 1960, when the men last competed in the Games. The women have never featured in football in the Games (with the first edition of the tournament in 1992), making Hope Powell's women British Olympic pioneers.

  116. 1530:  
    BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at the Millennium Stadium:

    "An absolute belter of a day in Cardiff as Team GB kick off their Olympics with the women's football match against New Zealand. The Football Ferns were on the pitch 90 minutes before kick off recording images of themselves on the big screen as they stood in the centre circle. Not too sure that from a practical point of view all black is the colour to be wearing today."

  117. 1526: 

    That's the order of play. Now I just need you to get involved through that social networking nonsense and the comparatively archaic medium of text message. So, will Team GB's women's footballers set the standard for the rest of Britain's athletes to follow? Hope from Hope, so to speak. After all, the sun is out, the traffic lanes are kind of working properly (or so I've heard), what is there to be negative about? You can tweet us using the hashtag #bbc2012 or text in on 81111 (UK). A name on your texts will ensure you give your wisdom a chance of air time.

  118. 1523: 

    In case you were wondering (and you probably were), the other games are as follows:

    Cameroon vs Brazil (18:45), which like Team GB comes from Wales' Millennium Stadium

    USA vs France (17:00) and Colombia vs North Korea (19:45) at Hampden Park

    Japan vs Canada (17:00) and Sweden vs South Africa (19:45) at City of Coventry Stadium

  119. 1519: 

    Officially, the Games don't get under way until Friday when Danny Boyle's opening ceremony welcomes the world to London's take on the greatest show on Earth. So today represents Games day -2, which provides Team GB's women footballers with the honour of being the first athletes to break sweat in 2012 Olympic anger.

    Hope Powell's women take on New Zealand today (at 16:00 BST to be precise) in the first of six matches taking place today across the country.

  120. 1515: 

    On 6 July 2005, London was awarded the 2012 Olympic Games. Seven rollercoaster years of excitement, concern, financial fluctuation, traffic turmoil, weather worries and now (hopefully) sheer giddiness later and today we start the Games of the XXX Olympiad... well, sort of.

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  16. Football 2 Events First Event: 25th July
  17. Gymnastics - Artistic 16 Events First Event: 28th July
  18. Gymnastics - Rhythmic 2 Events First Event: 9th August
  19. Gymnastics - Trampoline 2 Events First Event: 3rd August
  20. Handball 2 Events First Event: 28th July
  21. Hockey 2 Events First Event: 29th July
  22. Judo 14 Events First Event: 28th July
  23. Modern Pentathlon 2 Events First Event: 11th August
  24. Rowing 14 Events First Event: 28th July
  25. Sailing 10 Events First Event: 29th July
  26. Shooting 15 Events First Event: 28th July
  27. Swimming 34 Events First Event: 28th July
  28. Synchronised Swimming 2 Events First Event: 5th August
  29. Table Tennis 4 Events First Event: 28th July
  30. Taekwondo 8 Events First Event: 8th August
  31. Tennis 5 Events First Event: 28th July
  32. Triathlon 2 Events First Event: 4th August
  33. Volleyball 2 Events First Event: 28th July
  34. Water-polo 2 Events First Event: 29th July
  35. Weightlifting 15 Events First Event: 28th July
  36. Wrestling 18 Events First Event: 5th August