United States 2-0 New Zealand: Women's Olympic Quarterfinal as It Happened
Olympics 2012, women's football quarterfinals—St. James' Park, Newcastle.
UNITED STATES 2-0 NEW ZEALAND (Fulltime)
Goals: Wambach (US) 27', Leroux (US) 87'
USA: Solo, Rampone, O'Hara, Le Peilbet, Lloyd, Cheney (Rodriguez), Rapinoe (O'Reilly), Buehler, Heath, Wambach, Morgan (Leroux)
NZ: Bindon, Percival, Hoyle (Longo), Erceg, Smith, Riley, Hearn, Gregorious, Yallop (Moorwood), Hassett, Wilkinson (White)
90+4'—FULLTIME! Job done for the USWNT, who advance to a semifinal against either Team GB or Canada. Goals from Wambach and Leroux were enough for the defending champions, who never really hit top gear, but weren't really threatened either. Thanks for joining me, be sure to stay tuned to Bleacher Report for our usual array of reaction content.
90+3'—LATE CHANGES: Rodriguez replaces Cheney for the U.S. Longo on for Hoyle for NZ.
90'—WAMBACH CHANCE: The great predator threatens to kill the game outright, but she's denied by a superb tackle as she pulls back the trigger to shoot.
89'—It's not been as easy as it should have been, but nonetheless the U.S. are on their way to the last four. They've been comfortably the better side and but for some profligacy would have won at a canter.
87'—GOAL USA!!! Finally they put the game to bed. Substitute Leroux is sent clear and cuts inside to slide a finish under the 'keeper. Great strength of running and composure.
84'—PENALTY SHOUT FOR NZ! Hearn looks to be cut down from behind in the box, but the referee waves play on.
That should've been a penalty for New Zealand. Letoff for USWNT, or payback?— Michael Cummings (@MikeCummings37) August 3, 2012
82'—Great stuff from Leroux, whose first contribution is a storming run down the left. He cross is a good one, but goes to waste as O'Reilly is tackled.
80'—CHANGE FOR THE U.S.: Morgan is repalced by Leroux for the USWNT. Ten minutes to hold firm here and the semifinals beckon.
79'—YELLOW CARD: Llloyd goes in the book for a foul and NZ have the chance to deliver a free-kick into the box. In it comes and Solo does well to claim.
77'—CHANGE FOR NZ: White replaces Wilkinson for New Zealand as coach Tony Readings throws the dice.
76'—Percival tries her luck from distance, and stings the hands of Solo with a well-struck effort.
73'—MORGAN CHANCE! Morgan is sent clean through and appears to go down after coming into contact with Bindon, with both players getting hurt in the process. The referee doesn't give a free-kick, however, and she doesn't give Bindon a card either.
71'—CHANGE FOR THE U.S.: O'Reilly comes off the bench to replace Rapinoe—who's been much quieter today than we might have expected based on her form in the group stages.
68'—New Zealand with some rare pressure. But the U.S. are back and well organized behind the ball. No evidence as yet they can break the line. At the opposite end Wambach heads down and straight into the hands of Bindon.
62'—GREAT SAVE! Another chance for Morgan. This time she does everything right, but Bindon comes out brilliantly to dive at her feet. Wambach has a poke at the loose ball, but she's adjudged offside.
61'—Half an hour to play and the U.S. still lead by just one goal. They should be at least 3-0 or 4-0 up and, who knows, may yet come to regret not taking their chances. I'd suggest it's unlikely though.
58'—ANOTHER CHANCE FOR MORGAN! Rapinoe's free-kick causes problems in the New Zealand box. They fail to clear and Morgan has a chance from 10 yards to shoot home, but she mishits her effort. How many chances does she need today?
56'—CHANGE FOR NZ: Yallop makes way for Moorwood as New Zealand make the first substitution of this quarterfinal.
54'—Morgan's finishing hasn't been on point. but her movement off the ball has been brilliant. Another burst results in a corner for the U.S. on their left. Rapinoe swings it over, but Lloyd's attempt to hook it back from the far post ends badly.
52'—Wambach finds Morgan on the left, but this time Erceg is alert to the danger and makes a strong tackle.
50'—New Zealand looking very open at the start of the second half. There are goals to be had here if the U.S. can find their clinical touch.
48'—ANOTHER MISS FROM MORGAN! Erceg once again lets her in, and this time the young striker has a great angle on goal to shoot from, 15 yards out. But her effort is into the side-netting.
46'—Immediate pressure from the U.S. Le Peilbet drives down the right edge of the box and sends over a cross to the near post. Bindon catches.
46'—And away we go with the second half. No changes to report from either side.
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