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, nbcolympics.com
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.