Brazil, Canada and defending Champions USA have entered the quarter-finals of the women's football event at the Rio Olympics. The top two teams from each group make it to the next round and the best two third-placed teams also qualify for the quarters.

Group F started off with Canada getting the better of Zimbabwe 3-1 which took them to the top of the group and into the quarters. Canada had earlier beaten Australia 2-0 in the previous round to confirm their advancement in the tournament. Zimbabwe have a mountain to climb against Australia, having been beaten 6-1 in their previous game against Germany.

In Group G, USA beat France to confirm their participation in the next round, having already beaten New Zealand 2-0 in the last round. The defending champions are favourites to reclaim gold and it will take an enormous task to beat them.

France were forced into a last minute change with Eugenie Le Sommer having to be substituted in the last minute with injury and was replaced by Marie-Laure Delie. Carli Lloyd gave USA the lead in the 63rd minute and they held on until the end of the game to go top of the group.

"During the first 20 minutes of the second half, the U.S. put a lot of pressure on us," said French coach Philippe Bergeroo. "Unfortunately, we had many chances but didn't score, though our tactics were good.

"Never forget that USA are the world champions, (and) the current Olympic champions. Of course we are disappointed by the result, but we are determined to keep on."

The women's football team of Brazil celebrate their 5-1 win over Sweden Getty

Australia drew 2-2 with Germany while South Africa were beaten 2-0 by China PR. Brazil were the other team to qualify out of Group E, smashing Sweden 5-1 to keep their hopes alive of a gold in the tournament.

Colombia were beaten 1-0 by New Zealand which has all but sealed their fate in the competition after a 4-0 defeat to France in the last round.