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USA-Japan minute-by-minute
August 9th, 2012 2:51PM

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[OLYMPIC REWIND] The USA-Japan match for the gold medal might have lacked the drama of the USA-Canada semifinal, but it certainly didn't lack for action. Japan had five superb chances in a 25-minute period of the first half, not to mention a no-call on a clear penalty. For video of all the goals as well as a minute-by-minute recap ...

Video:
Lloyd goal 1
Lloyd goal 2
Ogimi goal

Olympic gold-medal match:
Aug. 9 in London
USA 2 Japan 1. Goals: Lloyd 7, 53; Ogimi 62.
USA -- Solo; LePeilbet, Rampone, Buehler (Sauerbrunn 79), O’Hara; Rapinoe (Cheney 56), Lloyd, Boxx, Heath; Morgan, Wambach.
Japan -- Fukumoto; Kinga, Kumagai, Iwashimizu, Sameshima (Iwabuchi 76); Miyama, Sakaguchi (Tanaka 58), Sawa, Kawasumi; Ohno (Maruyama 85), Ogimi.
Referee: Bibiana Steinhaus.
Att.: 80,203.

Final Stats:
Shots: USA 15-12
Shots on goal: USA 8-7
Corner kicks: USA 4-3
Fouls: USA 16-8

Second Half:
Final Score: USA 2-1.
2 minutes of stoppage:
90th minute --
USA yellow card: Wambach for late tackle.
85th minute --
Japan final substitution: Maruyama replaces Ohno.
83rd minute --
Solo stones Tanaka on one-on-one chance after Rampone loses the ball.
82nd minute --
Lloyd just misses a third goal with a left-footed blast.
79th minute --
USA substitution: Sauerbrunn replaces Buehler.
Attendance:
80,203 (Olympic record)
76th minute -- Japan substitution: Iwabuchi replaces Sameshima.
74th minute -- LePeilbet saves shot by Kawasumi after Solo punches away cross.
69th minute --
Fukumoto stops point-blank attempt by Buehler.
62nd minute --
Rampone saves Sawa shot on the line but Ogimi puts away the rebound (USA 2-1)
58th minute --
Japan substitution: Tanaka replaces Sakaguchi.
56th minute -- USA substitution: Cheney replaces Rapinoe.
53rd minute --
Lloyd finishes superb counterattack with blast from 20 yards to far post. (USA 2-0)
50th minute -- Morgan causing havoc on left side. Fukumoto palms cross away with Wambach at the far post.
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First Half:
42nd minute -- Lloyd with long-range shot saved by Fukumoto.
37th minute --
Ohno just misses wide as Japanese pile on the pressure.
33rd minute --
Ohno feeds Miyama, whose shot rattles crossbar.
28th minute --
Iwashimizu heads ball into the Japanese area off her own post.
26th minute -- Heath VERY lucky not to be whistle for a handball in the area.
17th minute --
Solo with a miraculous save off crossbar of header by Ogimi.
16th minute --
Kawasumi breaks free but Rampone blocks shot headed for par post. Solo saves Sawa on rebound.
7th minute --
Great U.S. goal. Brilliant setup by Morgan and Heath. All kinds of space. If Lloyd had not put her head on the ball, Wambach would have put Morgan's cross away with her left foot. (USA 1-0)



7 comments
  1. J Sagett
    commented on: August 9, 2012 at 5:39 p.m.
    Ref 4, Canada 3; Ref 2, Japan 1.

  1. R2 Dad
    commented on: August 10, 2012 at 1:10 a.m.
    No doubt that Japanese free kick deserved a pk due to handling in the box. No excuse for the referee not to see that--ref was 10 yards away. Great match, but could have been even more so at 2-2 with more time to play. However, anyone bagging on the refs should walk a mile in their shoes first.

  1. Dennis Yunke
    commented on: August 10, 2012 at 9:02 a.m.
    I have always told my players, if you put more balls in the net than the other team you win. Referees do not win or lose games, teams do. What matters at the end is who outscored, not who didn't get what call. I am speaking from a coaches standpoint and as a referee.

  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: August 10, 2012 at 9:22 a.m.
    Denns, alsp speak as a coach and referee. There is a reason not just any refeee gets picked and paid accordingly to do these type of events. I would blame the assignor of both referees. I have no problem with calling the 6 second rule if it is consistently called in regular competition and not late in a semi Olympic game. Solo was not even cautioned as qas the Canadian wich makes it that much worse. The Canada Handball was the wrong call for multiple reasons. I think the physicality of the game overwhelmed the ref, so she decided to enforce a rule that has never been called before. How much clearer do handballs get than the Jpan game!?? There is no excuse for this. These referees were not qualified to do these games and gave one team an unfair advantage. Everyone saids that Usa was the better team. I would say they had better individuals in numbers but Japan played beautiful soccer. This country is playing quality soccer on both sides.

  1. ROBERT BOND
    commented on: August 10, 2012 at 10:14 a.m.
    enough about the refs! you pick refs for a reason besides getting the best, you have to wait till those refs catch up with the players! stop bit-er-whining...

  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: August 10, 2012 at 12:18 p.m.
    Refs catch up with players?? Thats the first time ive heard that one. You dont think there were more qualified refs to do these evnts? Had the Usa been eliminated on tose 2 very same calls, everyone here would be calling for their heads. There is no question that Usa's hard fought wins in these 2 games will forever be tarnished with those calls and noncalls. Japan did not look like th weaker team and deserved more. Thats a fact.

  1. Celeste Easter
    commented on: August 10, 2012 at 1:57 p.m.
    I agree with Dennis but people are always going to complain about something. As long as sports are played and officiated by humans they will never be perfect and at the end of the day someone will not be satisfied with the result.


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