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Olympic women’s soccer gold medal match: USA vs. Japan at Wembley

United States vs. Japan

Women’s soccer gold medal match at Wembley

Kickoff: 2:45 p.m. ET.

TV: NBC Sports Network, NBC Olympic Soccer Channel,

USA LINEUP: Solo; LePeilbet, Rampone, Buehler (Sauerbrunn 80th), O’Hara; Rapinoe (Cheney 57th), Boxx, Lloyd, Heath; Morgan, Wambach.

JAPAN LINEUP: Fukumoto; Kinga, Kumagai, Iwashimizu, Sameshima (Iwabuchi 77th); Miyama, Sakaguchi (Tanaka 59th), Sawa, Kawasumi; Ohno (Maruyama 86th), Ogimi.


USA: Lloyd 8th minute (video here).

USA: Lloyd 54th (video here).

Japan: Ogimi 63rd (video here).

Attendance: 80,203 (Olympic women’s soccer record).

3rd minute: USA takes early initiative, sending high ball deep into the box and then supplying Morgan for a left-side run. Fukumoto makes routine save.

4th: Japan promising build-up but Ohno’s lead ball for Kawasumi is too strong.

6th: Morgan gets tangled with Kumagai just beyond the box in attempt to connect with Lloyd’s well-weighed through ball.

8th: Lloyd GOAL! Running header at six-yard box. Terrific build-up: Heath left-sided run, feeds Morgan, who creates some space, turns and, as she has done throughout the tournament, displays wonderful vision to cross to the top of the six-yard box for Lloyd or Wambach. If Lloyd hadn’t nodded it in, Wambach probably would’ve finished with a volley. 1-0 USA.

15th: Wambach whiffs on volley attempt, but Rapinoe’s ensuing effort draws corner kick. Set piece cleared by Japan.

17th-18th: Japan gaining traction. Rampone clears shot from six-yard box and Solo blocks Ogimi’s bid. Moments later, Solo makes a spectacular leaping touch save on Ogimi’s nine-yard header, pushing the ball off the crossbar.

Midway through half: Americans survive Japan uprising, settle down defensively and seek to sustain possession.

27th: USA fortunate not to be called for a handball in the box. Heath’s arm was away from her body when Miyama’s free kick struck her. No call.

28th: Lloyd’s long ball deep into the box headed by Iwashimizu off her own left post.

33rd: Ohno draws three U.S. defenders in the box, sets up Miyama for one-timer that caroms off the crossbar. Yet another close call for the Americans.

37th: Ohno bends a 25-yarder beyond fully extended Solo and fractionally wide of the right post. Wow, another great chance for Japan.

42nd: Lloyd makes ambitious central run, stabs distant shot that’s covered by Fukumoto.

HALFTIME THOUGHTS: The Americans got off to a wonderful start on Lloyd’s goal, created brilliantly by Morgan, but Japan was the superior side as the match unfolded. Solo made two superb saves, the referee missed a clear handball in the box, Rampone cleared a ball behind Solo and Japan smacked the crossbar. Aside from the goal, the best U.S. chance was a near own goal. A very fortunate 1-0 scoreline for the United States.

46th: Solo punches out Miyama’s driven free kick while being undercut by Kumagai, who was being tackled (with arms) by Buehler.

51st: Morgan delicately chips ball to back post for Wambach, but Fukumoto punches out at last instant.

54th: Lloyd strikes again — USA goal! Collects possession near center circle, takes advantage of space with controlled run, then drills 22-yard shot in stride beyond Fukumoto’s stretch and into the left side-netting. 2-0, USA.

63rd: Japan pulls one back! Rampone clears another shot off the line, but Sawa pushes rebound to Ogimi for finish inside the six-yard box. Well-deserved and a longtime coming after so many opportunities. 2-1, USA.

69th: Fukumoto makes superb leg save on Buehler’s sliding one-timer deep in the box off flicked set piece.

73rd-74th: Japan in rhythm, threatening to find a late equalizer. USA showing signs of fatigue. Mad scramble in box on Japan free kick. LePeilbet blocks shot with mid-section at the six-yard box.

78th-79th: Japan unable to take advantage of dangerous free kick and corner kick against fading Americans.

80th: Sauerbrunn (University of Virginia, D.C. United Women) replaces Buehler.

82nd: Lloyd’s bid for a hat trick, a sizzling 20-yard bid, streaks a foot over the crossbar.

83rd: After Rampone’s giveaway, Solo makes spectacular save diving to her left on Tanaka’s angled drive. Great reaction by Solo as Tanaka tried to pick out the far side.

89th: Cheney corner kick targets Wambach, who can’t get full power on header.

90th: Japan free kick from 45 yards bounds untouched over the endline. Two minutes of stoppage time.

FINAL: United States 2, Japan 1. Gold for USA, silver for Japan, bronze for Canada. Fourth U.S. Olympic title in five tournaments since 1996.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.

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