Brazilians need victory against North Korea
SHENYANG, China (AP) Brazil's female soccer team needs to beat group leader North Korea on Saturday to get its Olympics campaign back on track.
The South Americans drew 0-0 with Germany in their opener Wednesday, meaning both teams - widely seen as title contenders - will now have to avoid setbacks in their next two matches. Germany will play Nigeria.
"We are going to have to play our own game," Brazil coach Jorge Barcellos said. "We can't try to change the way we play depending on the opponent. We need to do our job and try to impose our style."
If Brazil loses to North Korea, it will have to win its final group-stage match against Nigeria and depend on other results to advance. North Korea took the lead of Group F after beating Nigeria 1-0 in its opener. It has three points, while Brazil and Germany have one point each. Nigeria has none.
"We'll see what's going to happen," Barcellos said. "We'll try to focus on North Korea for now."
North Korea is participating in its first Olympics, but it has dominated Asian football in recent years and qualified for Beijing scoring a record 51 goals in six matches.
Brazil had its last practice Friday, with Barcellos hoping to improve the team's scoring power. It had several scoring opportunities against Germany but could not capitalize on them.
"It's something we have been practicing a lot and hopefully in the next match we can do better," Barcellos said.
The Brazilian women have never won any major international competition.
Brazil lost the final of the 2004 Olympics in Athens to the United States, and also was runner-up in last year's World Cup final, falling to Germany. It was fourth in Sydney in 2000 and in Atlanta in 1996, when women's football debuted in the Olympics.