Photos | Women's soccer gold medal match

Photos | Women's soccer gold medal match

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: Goalkeeper Hope Solo #1 of United States reacts after Carli Lloyd #10 of United States scores a goal in the first half against Japan during the Women's Football gold medal match on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Wembley Stadium on August 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on August 9, 2012 at 3:14 PM

WEMBLEY, England (AP) -- Carli Lloyd has scored in the eighth minute to give the United States a 1-0 lead in the gold medal game against Japan on Thursday night.

Tobin Heath fed the ball from the left side into Alex Morgan in the area. Morgan spun, controlling the ball along the goal line before chipping it toward Abby Wambach. Wambach raised her left foot, but Lloyd rushed in and headed the ball from 6 yards. Japanese goalkeeper Miho Fukumoto had no chance to stop it.

The game is a rematch of last year's World Cup final, won by Japan in a penalty shootout.

The Americans are trying to win their fourth Olympic title and third straight. Japan is trying to become the first team to win World Cup and Olympic titles in back-to-back years.
 

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