Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
France sings the Bleues
by Paul Kennedy, August 6th, 2012 3:09PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  france, japan, olympics

MOST COMMENTED

[JAPAN-FRANCE] It took a long time for France to get over its 3-1 loss to the USA in the semifinals of the 2011 Women's World Cup. But that will be nothing like the disappointment following the Bleues' 2-1 loss to Japan in the semifinals of the Olympic women's soccer competition. Despite a 27-6 edge in shots -- 17-4 in shots on goal -- the Bleues fell to the world champions thanks to two monumental errors.

Asked which semifinal loss was worse, France coach Bruno Bini said, "This is worse. In the second  half, we did not give up one chance [sic] and in the last 20 minutes, the Japanese came in our half two times. If we equalized, we would have scored a third and then a fourth goal. Last year, we played the Americans even, but they killed is with their power. This time, no ..."

Goalie Sarah Bouhaddi's failure to claim a free kick in the box led to the first goal, and captain Elise Bussaglia fired wide of the goal on a penalty kick that would have completed France's comeback from two goals down.

Yuki Ogimi took advantage of Bouhaddi's gaffe to put Japan ahead in the 32nd minute, and Mizuho Sakaguchi  made it 2-0 with a header off a free kick in the 49th minute.

For the last half hour, after the introduction of Camille Abily and Eugenie Le Sommer, it was all France, which was finally rewarded when Le Sommer scored in the 76th minute.

Two minutes later, Le Sommer was taken down in the area for a penalty, but Bussaglia failed to the put her shot on target with goalie Miho Kukumoto having gone the other way.

France attacked in wave after wave but could not find the equalizer.

The closest either team came to score came in the 90th minute when Ogimi hit the post on a breakaway.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
NWSL Weekend: Press out-duels Solo in Red Stars' win    
Christen Press scored two goals, including the stoppage-time golazo that was the winner, and added an ...
MLS Saturday: FC Dallas-Toronto FC, a game of two days    
Some games are a tale of two halves. FC Dallas-Toronto FC was a tale of two ...
NASL Weekend: Cosmos draw sellout for shutout win    
The New York Cosmos a drew their largest home crowd since returning to the NASL in ...
USL Friday: Switchbacks romp in snow storm    
An April snow storm socked the Rockies on Friday night, but it couldn't stop the Colorado ...
MLS Friday: Red Bulls set standard high    
The New York Red Bulls remained unbeaten with a 2-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes ...
What They're Saying: Dominic Kinnear    
"Us passing to them didn't help." -- San Jose coach Dominic Kinnear on what made the ...
USA-Mexico watched by almost 4.5 million fans    
Wednesday's USA-Mexico game averaged almost 4.5 million viewers on Spanish-language networks UniMas and UDN and Fox ...
NWSL Weekend: Sky Blue FC aims to extend streak    
It's a big weekend for pro soccer in the New York metropolitan area. New York City ...
NASL Weekend: Cosmos greats return for Raul home debut    
The New York Cosmos open their third season at home on Saturday, and they'll have special ...
USL Thursday: Sounders 2 fall, Rhinos impress on road    
Sounders FC 2, one of three unbeaten and untied teams in the USL, dropped its first ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives