[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 ...
Lloyd goal 1
Lloyd goal 2
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.
Shots on goal:USA 8-7
Corner kicks:USA 4-3
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.
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)