Great Britain women's football coach Hope Powell believes her side will cope with the hype and massive expectation levels when they bid for an Olympic semi-final spot tonight against Canada.

The majority of a sell-out crowd of 32,000 at the City of Coventry Stadium will be looking for GB to move another step closer to medal glory. But Powell expects GB to thrive on such demands even though they and their opponents were prevented from training at the stadium last night because of concerns over the pitch.

She said: "I don't think it (the expectation) has been a distraction. The unprecedented attention after the first game inspired the girls to keep doing well. They enjoy the adulation and attention and want to stay in the competition. It is more of a positive than negative."

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