Unfortunately, in front of a much smaller crowd at Coventry's Ricoh Arena on Friday, the women's team were dumped out of the competition by unfancied Canada.
For Canada, a semi-final grudge match versus their arch-rivals USA at Old Trafford awaits. Tournament favourites USA sealed their progression from the quarter-finals following a 2-0 victory over a resolute New Zealand team at St. James’ Park. The other semi-final tie will be contested by world champions Japan and France at Wembley following Japan’s 2-0 defeat of Brazil in Cardiff and France’s 2-1 victory over Sweden at Hampden Park.
Meanwhile, according t the BBC, London 2012 organisers have urged fans to arrive early in Cardiff for what is a sell-out 70,000 crowd.
A late run on tickets means 3,000 fans will collect paid-for tickets ahead of the game.Visitors will be hoping to avoid a repeat of the transport problems when Team GB played on Wednesday.
Long queues formed after "unprecedented number of passengers" used Cardiff Central station.
Passengers complained of "utter chaos" and being "herded like cattle".Train companies apologised and said 19,500 people using the station was double the usual figure for a Millennium Stadium event. Passengers have been promised extra seats for Saturday's match.
Meanwhile, supporters have been asked not to bring big bags, which will slow down entry to the ground.
Peter Withers, of Locog, said: "We have plenty of time to process the amount of people we are expecting, but it is important that fans get the message to arrive early at the ticket offices so they can get on with enjoying another great day's football."
'It is important that fans get the message to arrive early at the ticket offices so they can get on with enjoying another great day's football”