France scored early in the first half to beat Colombia 1-0 and advance to the quarterfinals of the women's Olympic soccer tournament on Tuesday.
Elodie Thomis scored the fifth-minute winner after entering the area in front of the Colombian defenders and sending the ball into the near corner as the goalkeeper charged from the net.
France ended Group G with six points, while Colombia leaves the tournament without a point or a goal. It needed to beat the French by several goals to have any chance of reaching the quarterfinals as one of the two best third-place teams.
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The Top 3 Teams of Previous Tournaments
|2008||Spain||Germany||Russia / Turkey|
|2004||Greece||Portugal||Netherlands / Czech Republic|
|2000||France||Italy||Netherlands / Portugal|
|1996||Germany||Czech Republic||France / England|
|1992||Denmark||Germany||Netherlands / Sweden|
|1988||Netherlands||Soviet Union||Italy / West Germany|
|1984||France||Spain||Denmark / Portugal|
|1972||West Germany||Soviet Union||Belgium|