Before the opening ceremony was even conducted at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, Team USA women's soccer earned a win in the first match of any event in London.
The American women found themselves facing a 2-0 deficit in the first 14 minutes against the second-strongest squad in Group G—France.
However, star forwards Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan nailed the equalizing goals to send the match into halftime knotted at 2-2.
Then, in the second half of play, it was all Team USA.
Midfielder Carli Lloyd netted the game-winner in the 55th minute, and Morgan added an insurance goal 11 minutes later to earn a coveted three points in the Group G standings.
The match missed its start time by more than an hour as the North Korean team refused to take the field after the South Korean flag was displayed on the video screen at the stadium, rather than the North Korean flag.
Whether the North Koreans used the flag gaffe as motivation or not, they came out and dominated the action against Colombia.
They netted one goal in the first half and another in the second for a 2-0 win to join the U.S. atop the Group G table.
Now only four matches remain in group play, as the second round of matches will begin on Saturday, July 28, as the United States will take on Colombia.
Where: Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland
When: Saturday, July 28, 12 p.m. ET
TV: NBC Sports Network
LIve Stream: NBC Live Extra
Current Group G Table
1. United States | Pts: 3
2. DPR Korea | Pts: 3
3. France | Pts: 0
4. Colombia | Pts: 0
As expected, USA finds itself atop the table in group play after the first match. They are certainly the gold-medal favorite, ranked No. 1 in the world by FIFA.
In the second game on July 28, France and North Korea may be playing for a spot in the knockout stage. The top two teams in each of the three groups in the women's competition move on to the knockout stage, and they are joined by the top two third-place finishers, as eight teams advance in total.
United States Group Play Fixture
Game One: USA 4, France 2
Game Two: USA vs Colombia, July 28
Game Three: USA vs DPR Korea, July 31
Team USA's win against France was an enormous victory. France is the second-highest ranked team in Group G, so earning three points against them may alone prove to be enough to send them to the next round. Don't expect the Yanks to let off the gas though—rather expect the most talented women's team in the world to play like the most talented women's team in the world.
Colombia Group Play Fixture
Game One: Colombia 0, DPR Korea 2
Game Two: Colombia vs USA, July 28
Game Three: Colombia vs France, July 31
Colombia is the true underdog of this group, which contains three top-10 squads from the FIFA World Rankings. This group could end up sending three teams on to the knockout stage, and if Colombia wants to be one of those teams, achieving a positive result in its final two matches will be imperative.
As I said before, Team USA is the best team in the world. However, they are far from invincible, as shown by the slow start against France. The Americans must avoid complacency at all costs throughout this tournament.
Every team in London will be looking to knock off the Team USA golden girls, so every team in London will be giving them their absolute best.
Colombia will be no different. Unfortunately, that likely won't be enough.
Colombia has some talented players, some of whom play collegiate ball in the U.S. Colombia is a young squad with just three players over the age of 25, but therein lies the difference between these teams.
The American roster is laden with veterans and only five players under the age of 25. They played collegiate soccer in the U.S. as well, but have since moved on and are now professionals at their craft.
In the end Colombia won't have enough talent or depth to hang with a Team USA squad bursting with star power.
Final Score: USA 4, Colombia 1
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