Search

London 2012: Arsenal’s Team GB hero Steph Houghton in dreamland after Brazil win

13:24 01 August 2012

Great Britain

Great Britain's Stehanie Houghton celebrates scoring the opening goal at Wembley Stadium, London. Photo credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

Defender’s third goal in as many games sets up Olympic quarter-final with Canada on Friday

Support your community by viewing your local businesses

Please wait

You will be able to read the article in 5 seconds

Thank you for supporting your local community

You may now read the article

Arsenal Ladies star Steph Houghton described her latest Olympic experience as ‘unbelievable’ after scoring the winner for Team GB against Brazil at Wembley.

Gunners left-back Houghton had only scored one international goal before the tournament started, but she maintained her record of scoring in every game with the second-minute winner on Tuesday night to secure a memorable win and a quarter-final against Canada on Friday.

Houghton is one of six Arsenal Ladies in the squad and they all featured in the win over Brazil in front of crowd of 70,584, a record for a women’s football game in Britain.

And the 24-year-old said afterwards: “It’s unbelievable and amazing. To play in front of more than 70,000 people, you couldn’t dream of a better day.

“There was no pressure on us because we knew we had qualified for the quarter-finals already. But now we are looking forward to Friday against Canada and we will just try to recover and then focus on that match.”

Her Arsenal team-mates Kim Little, Alex Scott and Kelly Smith also started against Brazil, with Smith missing a second-half penalty, while Ellen White and Rachel Yankey both appeared as second-half substitutes.

It was Team GB’s third successive win in the group stages and saw them top their group without conceding a goal. Now the GB girls will head to the City of Coventry Stadium on Friday night to meet the Canadians who came third in their group. Victory there would set up a likely semi-final against reigning Olympic champions USA at Old Trafford on Monday.

Team GB manager Hope Powell did her best to prevent everybody getting too carried away after Tuesday’s win, but she knows the momentum behind her side claiming a first ever women’s football medal for Great Britain is growing.

“Every game, we’ve done well, we’ve won the game, we’ve topped the group,” said Powell. The danger is that everybody starts jumping on this ‘medal’.

“We still have to play Canada. They want a medal as much as anybody else. We’re not in a position yet to get a medal.”

Of her matchwinner Houghton, she joked: “I don’t know if she’s in line for the golden boot? She’s absolutely loving every minute of it. So, for her, all the hard work has paid off.”

0 comments

Latest Sport Stories

Yesterday, 18:10
Martin Skrtel heads Liverpool's equaliser (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Martin Skrtel’s injury-time equaliser denied Arsenal their third straight victory as 10-man Liverpool snatched a 2-2 draw that was the least they deserved at Anfield.

Yesterday, 20:10
Liverpool's Martin Skrtel heads home (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Arsene Wenger was disappointed with Arsenal’s failure to defend Martin Skrtel’s stoppage time equaliser in their 2-2 draw with 10-man Liverpool at Anfield.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Islington Schools Running League

Mossbourne Academy pair Luca Minale and Nile McKenzie clinched victories in the Islington Schools Running League with two races to spare.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
FC Unity Under-12s

Alex Smith and Rees Jones both registered braces as FC Unity Under-12s routed Crown & Manor 7-2 to keep pace with the Camden & Islington League leaders.

Most read sport

After weeks of challenges and cringeworthy boardroom showdowns, Lord Sugar made a decision – and Twitter was watching.

And we were all invited to the happy couple’s big day!

And they have a role to play in saving their species.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the $m.global.archantvariables.NewspaperTitle e-edition today E-edition