Abby Wambach didnt put on her “Greatness Has Been Found” T-shirt right away. She instead strayed from her teammates and knelt alone at midfield – and cried into a U.S. flag.Yes, greatness has been found. And payback has been achieved.
The Americans are again on top of the womens soccer world.
The United States won its third straight Olympic gold medal Thursday, beating Japan 2-1 in a rematch of last years World Cup final and avenging the most painful loss in its history.
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Japan and the United States made it through the semifinals of the womens Olympic football tournament Monday, setting up a rematch of the World Cup final won by the Japanese just a year ago.Japan beat France 2-1 in London and the United States defeated Canada 4-3 in extra time in a thrilling match at Old Trafford in Manchester.
The U.S. will be going for revenge and its third-straight gold medal. Japan will be playing in its first Olympic final to try to show its World Cup win was not a fluke.
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Japan advanced to its first Olympic semifinal in 44 years by beating Egypt 3-0 in the quarterfinals, giving it a chance to improve on the bronze it won in 1968.
“We are now in the position to challenge the world,” Japan coach Takashi Sekizuka said. “The team is getting stronger and stronger game by game.”
Japan will face Mexico in a semifinal at Wembley Stadium in London.
The match at Old Trafford in front of more than 70,000 fans was another solid display from the Japanese, who haven’t conceded a goal so far. They took the tournament by surprise by beating Spain in the first group stage match, and have carried that momentum all the way to the semifinals.
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When he was a 5-year-old boy, Japan striker Kensuke Nagai arrived in Brazil and soon started playing barefoot soccer in the streets with his neighbors.Now, Nagai hopes hell face Brazil in the final of the mens Olympic football tournament so he can showcase the silky skills he learned during his childhood.”This is the first time for me to participate in such a big international competition, so I want to prove how much I can play,” Nagai said.
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Japan produced the first upset of the Olympic Games when they beat potential gold medalists Spain 1-0 at Hampden Park, Glasgow on the opening day of the men’s soccer competition on Thursday.
Spain, bidding to add the Olympic title to their world and European crowns, finished with 10 men after midfielder Inigo Martinez was sent off just before halftime having found no answer to Yuki Otsu’s 34th minute goal.
In the other early matches Morocco and Honduras drew 2-2 at Hampden, while Mexico and South Korea drew 0-0 at St James’ Park.
There were five matches being played later on Thursday including favorites Brazil against Egypt and hosts Britain against Senegal.
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Japan’s women footballers kick off their quest for a rare double on Wednesday as the first action of the 2012 London Olympics gets under way.
The Asian giants upset the established order of women’s football last year after stunning the heavily favoured USA to win the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ in Germany on penalties.
The Nadeshiko are now attempting to become only the second side in history to hold the FIFA Women’s World Cup and Women’s Olympic Football Tournament gold medal at the same time in London.
But Japan, who face Canada in Coventry in their opening Group F game, will be desperate to make a winning start after a troubled build-up which has included defeats to France and the United States
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