SHENYANG, China -- Olympic title contenders Brazil and Germany drew 0-0 Wednesday in the Group F opener in women's football at the Beijing Games.
The Germans kept FIFA player of the year Marta from threatening during most of the match, but failed to capitalize on their own scoring opportunities. Sandra Smisek hit the crossbar with a header in the 23rd minute, while Renata Costa hit the post with a header for Brazil in the 63rd.
It was the first match between the teams since last year's World Cup final, when Germany came out on top for its second consecutive world title.
"We are not satisfied with the score; it could've been a better result for us," Brazil coach Jorge Barcellos said. "But being the first match, it's not too bad."
Germany and Brazil are trying to win the Olympic gold for the first time. Germany finished with bronze at Sydney in 2000 and at Athens in 2004, while Brazil earned silver in Athens and was fourth in Sydney and at Atlanta in 1996.
The other teams in the group are North Korea and Nigeria, which are also scheduled to play later at Shenyang Olympic Stadium.
The Olympic football tournament began two days before Friday's opening ceremony in Beijing to accommodate its lengthy schedule.
The teams played an even match at the 60,000-capacity Shenyang Olympic Stadium, which was far from packed.
"Germany dominated in the first half and played much better than Brazil," Barcellos said. "But in the second, we were able to impose our style and created more scoring chances."
Marta was kept in check for most of the match, but had two great chances at the end and was still Brazil's most dangerous player. First, she missed from just in front of goal. Then, she had a shot stopped by goalkeeper Nadine Angerer after an elusive run past several defenders.
"I think it was a good game for our team," Germany coach Silvia Neid said through a translator. "The defense was perfect. We did quite well covering Marta."
On Saturday, Brazil plays North Korea and Germany faces Nigeria.