Britain advances to quarterfinals

Updated: July 28, 2012, 6:01 PM ET
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CARDIFF, Wales -- Britain advanced to the quarterfinals of the Olympic women's soccer tournament Saturday, beating Cameroon 3-0.

Stephanie Houghton scored her second goal of the tournament late in the game, while captain Casey Stoney tapped in a free kick in the 18th minute to put her team in the lead and Jill Scott added another four minutes later.

Britain will next play Brazil at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday to decide which team wins Group E. Cameroon will face New Zealand on Tuesday for third place.

Sweden 0, Japan 0

COVENTRY, England -- Women's World Cup champion Japan created many chances -- most in the second half -- but was unable to take advantage, with Sweden goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl making several saves in a scoreless draw.

Caroline Seger had the best chance for Sweden in the first half when her powerful shot was blocked by Homare Sawa.

The result leaves Sweden at the top of Group F on goal difference, with Japan in second place.

Brazil 1, New Zealand 0

CARDIFF, Wales -- Cristiane scored an 86th-minute goal as Brazil defeated New Zealand. The win leaves Brazil with six points from two matches in Group E. New Zealand has zero points after its second consecutive 1-0 loss.

Cristiane sent a high shot that just barely made it into the net as the New Zealand defense scrambled to stop it.

Brazil is trying to win its first major trophy in women's soccer.

Canada 3, South Africa 0

COVENTRY, England -- Christine Sinclair scored in the 58th and 86th minutes to help Canada beat South Africa at the City of Coventry Stadium. Sinclair's goals came after Melissa Tancredi had given Canada the lead in the seventh minute.

Canada is third in Group F with three points, one point behind both Japan and Sweden. The two best third-place teams advance to the quarterfinals along with the top two teams in each group.

South Africa has zero points after losing its first two games.

France 5, North Korea 0

GLASGOW, Scotland -- France scored four goals in the last 20 minutes and beat North Korea 5-0.

Defender Laura Georges gave France the lead with a powerful header just before halftime, and her teammates did the rest near the end.

Substitute Elodie Thomis added the second in the 70th minute, then set up Marie-Laure Delie for the third a minute later. Wendie Renard netted a header from a corner in the 81st, and Camille Catala completed the rout with another header in the 87th after Thomis sent in a cross from the right.

The win puts France in second place in Group G ahead of North Korea on goal difference with three points.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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