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Olympics: Japan v South African women in Cardiff

Asuna Tanaka (right) of Japan battles for the ball with Mpumi Nyandeni of South Africa at the Millennium Stadium
Image caption The Japanese and South African women's football teams were in action in a 0-0 draw in Cardiff

Extensive road closures were again in place in Cardiff city centre as the Millennium Stadium hosted another Olympic football match.

Roads around the stadium were closed from 12:00 BST ahead of a women's match between Japan and South Africa, which ended 0-0.

The roof is closed for the first time in an Olympic football match.

Team GB's women beat New Zealand 1-0 in the first event of London 2012 there last Wednesday.

About 30,000 fans have attended each of the Olympic match days in Cardiff.

Wednesday's match between the Great Britain men's team and Uruguay is a confirmed sell-out due to the presence of some of Wales's top stars, including captain Ryan Giggs.

But spectators have been urged not to bring heavy bags because of the time it will take to search them at the security checkpoints.

Image caption A big crowd is likely to greet Ryan Giggs as captain of Team GB on Wednesday

Roads that will be entirely closed are Duke Street, Castle Street, High Street, St Mary Street, Caroline Street, Wood Street, Central Square, Westgate Street, Quay Street, Guildhall Place, Golate, Park Street, Havelock Street and Scott Road. Others will be partially closed.

Park and ride facilities will be available for the football and can be accessed by following signs from junction 33 of the M4.

On Olympic match days, roads will be closed two-and-a-half hours before kick-off and will remain in place until at least an hour after the game ends.

There will also be free coach parking on Edward VII Avenue, and secure parking for bikes in Sophia Gardens.

The closures will also affect bus services in the city centre.

Arriva Trains Wales said Cardiff city centre stations would operate differently when games were being played.

A queuing system may be in operation at Cardiff Central station, and passengers attending matches are advised to allow plenty of time to travel.

Arriva Trains Wales also said its trains would not be able to carry bicycles on match days.

First Great Western said it was running a normal train timetable but there would be extra capacity providing almost 3,000 extra seats.

Cardiff Retail Partnership had expressed concerns about a loss of trade due to road closures.

But Cardiff council said tens of thousands of people would visit the city during the eight days of football action.

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