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10MA TOPICS! [CHINA FA] MATILDAS, STEEL ROSES SET FOR OLYMPIC ADVENTURE

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March 15, 2016

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The conclusion of the Asian qualifiers for the Women’s Football Tournament at the 2016 Olympics saw Australia and China, silver medalists at the inaugural competition in 1996, taking their place in next month’s draw for the 12-team tournament in Brazil.

An impressive display in the qualifiers in Osaka saw Alen Stajcic’s side win their first four games to guarantee Australia’s return to the Olympics for the first time since the 2004 games in Athens before a 1-1 draw with China in the final round of fixtures saw the Matildas finish top of the six-team table.

The Steel Roses went into the last match of the qualifiers having also booked their place at the Rio Olympics in the penultimate round, with their 1-0 defeat of Korea Republic coupled with Australia’s 2-1 victory over DPR Korea, ensuring China would finish in the top two when the curtain came down on a thrilling competition.

Asia’s representatives will learn their group stage opponents on April 14 when the official draw takes place at the iconic Maracana Stadium, venue for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2016 Olympics and scene of the 2014 FIFA World Cup final.....

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