Brazil, USA advance to last eight

Led by Marta, the host claimed a 5-1 victory in Rio to ensure progression to the last eight from Group E. The United States sealed its place in the last eight by beating France thanks to a Carli Lloyd goal.

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Brazil star Marta celebrating after scoring.

Brazil booked its spot in the Rio 2016 quarter-finals in women's football with a resounding win over Sweden on Saturday. Led by Marta, the host claimed a 5-1 victory in Rio to ensure progression to the last eight from Group E.

The United States sealed its place in the last eight by beating France thanks to a Carli Lloyd goal, while New Zealand edged Colombia. Canada is also through after beating Zimbabwe, while Germany came from behind to draw with Australia.

Also claiming a win was China, which was too good for South Africa. Tan Ruyin wrapped up China's 2-0 win with one of the goals of the tournament. From 40 yards, Tan went for goal with a tremendous strike, beating Roxanne Barker despite the goalkeeper's best efforts. Barker got a hand on the shot, but could only palm it onto the crossbar and see it go in.

Also, Sara Dabritz dragged Germany back into its clash against Australia with a delightful lofted first-time finish with the outside of her left boot.

Superstar Marta was in fine form for Brazil, scoring twice and setting up another in the big win over Sweden. The five-time FIFA World Player of the Year set up Cristiane, who netted her record 14th Olympic goal.

Marta then took matters into her own hands, netting a penalty just before the break and a second after the interval.

Group matches are completed on Tuesday. Among those fighting to advance, Australia is favourite to beat Zimbabwe and France faces New Zealand in crucial encounters.