Rio Olympics 2016 Kick Off with Sweden Women's Football Win

04 August 2016 11:09am

The Rio 2016 Olympic Games got under way on Wednesday with a women's football match played in front of a sparse Olympic Stadium crowd.

Sweden won 1-0 against South Africa in the opener, before host nation Brazil's match against China.

Plenty of empty seats could be seen in the 60,000 venue at kick-off, although more fans arrived before Brazil's game.

The football tournament has started two days before Friday's opening ceremony because of a packed schedule.

Sweden, who are ranked sixth in the world, earned a narrow win when Nilla Fischer bundled in a second-half goal after a goalkeeping mistake.

The United States are widely considered to be the favorites to win the competition - which has no age limits - after claiming gold in London 2012 and also winning last year's World Cup.

The men's competition, which is contested by Under-23 teams, starts on Thursday.

Source: BBC News

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