USA vs. Japan: Best Photos from Women's Olympic Soccer Gold Medal Match

Shona BlackContributor IIAugust 9, 2012

USA vs. Japan: Best Photos from Women's Olympic Soccer Gold Medal Match

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    The US women's soccer team went out to redeem themselves against Japan in the 2012 Olympics gold medal match.

    It was a rematch of last summer's Women's World Cup final, when Japan ultimately prevailed in a penalty shootout.

    Again at London 2012, the margin between the two teams was slim in an exciting, fast-paced game. Here are 11 of the best images from a memorable Olympic night at Wembley.

"Mine!"

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    With Abby Wambach shaping up to slam Alex Morgan's picture-perfect cross into the net, up pops Carli Lloyd to nick the ball practically off Wambach's foot and score the opening goal with a flying header.

USA 1, Japan 0

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    USA celebrate taking the lead in the 8th minute.

This Beats Dancing with the Stars

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    Hope Solo enjoys the calm before Japan starts storming her goal toward the end of the first half.

Nadeshiko Chic

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    No one does cuddly-toy-loving fan support like the Japanese.

Frustration for Japan

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    Forward Yuki Ogimi can't believe Japan still haven't managed to find the goal after an extended spell of pressure sees them hit the crossbar, draw a spectacular save from Hope Solo and have a penalty for handball denied.

Carli Lloyd

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    Lloyd shapes to shoot from 25 yards, and it's...

USA 2, Japan 0

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    It was Carli Lloyd, in cracking form, who scored again. But Wambach will take it.

Homare Sawa

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    Japan's No. 10 controls the ball in the build-up to their first goal. USA 2, Japan 1.

Box of Confusion

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    Chaos in the US box as the Americans continue to live dangerously with a one-goal lead.

Hope Saves the Day

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    Keeper Hope Solo made several crucial saves to ensure USA kept the lead, but none more vital than this one in the 83rd minute.

Final: USA 2, Japan1

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    The two heroes of the day, Hope Solo and Carli Lloyd, celebrate winning Olympic gold.

USWNT Takes the Gold

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    For the fourth time in five Olympics, the US women's soccer team wins gold.