The US women’s soccer team just beat Canada 4-3 at the Olympics with a goal in the 123rd minute.
The game looked all but over, but Alex Morgan looped a header past the goalie to send the US into the gold-medal match against Japan.
The US trailed by a goal three separate times, but came back.
Heather O’Reilly sent in a perfect cross:
There was a mass of bodies in the box, but Morgan rose above them all:
The goalie was a little bit off her line, and got burned:
The US celebrates, a little stunned:
Here’s the goal-scorer, she can barely believe it:
Photo: NBC Olympics
We were also live-blogging it with screenshots and such, you can find all that below…
UPDATE (120+ minute):
Oh wow, Canada keeping on the pressure in stoppage time. Where’s the whistle, the US has to be wondering.
UPDATE (120th minute):
Penalties are close, the ref will blow this one over at any moment…
UPDATE (119th minute):
Off the woodwork for Wambach! A looping header beats the goal-keeper but bounces off the crossbar. Holy cannoli, what a chance
UPDATE (117th minute):
Counterattack fizzles for the US, but Morgan puts the ball in a dangerous area, no one on the end of it for the USA
UPDATE (116th minute):
Free kick from a tricky angle for Canada. Dangerous stuff here… And Solo smothers it, off the go on the counter
UPDATE (114th minute):
So yeah, this game has really fallen apart. USA just lobbing long balls into the box, Canada throwing their bodies in front of everything. Looks like penalty kicks now.
UPDATE (111th minute):
Canada is really backed in its own penalty box, USA still needs to find that final ball though, ~10 minutes left.
UPDATE (109th minute):
Corner for USA is punched out by the Canadian goalie. No chances for Canada so far, USA has had just that corner. Translation: pace is slowing down.
UPDATE (107th minute):
Player hurt for USA, looks like a cramp, she’s OK:
UPDATE (106th minute):
Off we go! Winner plays Japan in the final. Penalty kicks if no one scores, or if they both score.
UPDATE (105th minute):
The first 15 minutes of extra time is over, and we’ll take a super quick break. USA had the slight edge in the first 15, but Canada had their chances. 15 minutes to go.
UPDATE (104th minute):
Impressive stuff from Canada. They looked like they were ready to hunker down but they’ve come out of their shell and attacked. Corner kick, Canada.
UPDATE (102nd minute):
Free kick from a dangerous area for Canada. Nearly a penalty, but it’s right on the far edge of the box. And.. it sails out of bounds, USA ball.
UPDATE (100th minute):
Great save Canada! Wambach nearly put the Americans ahead. The US is really dominating now, but Canada just needs to hang on for 20 minutes more.
UPDATE (99th minute):
The first good chance of ET comes from the US, but she sends a volley flying over the bar. USA with the bulk of possession, but needs a final ball.
UPDATE (96th minute):
Canada gets out on the counter, but they botch a pass and the US has it back. The game has gotten sloppy in extra time, but a goal can still come any minute here.
UPDATE (92nd minute):
The pace has definitely slowed down here, but the US is still throwing numbers forward like crazy when they enter the final third. Should open up counter-attacking chances for Canada…
UPDATE (91st minute):
We’re off. Regulation ended in a fever pitch, so we’ll see if both teams are still as aggressive or if they take try to conserve energy early.
UPDATE (END OF REGULATION):
Regulation over, and now we’ll go to a 30-minute extra time period. It’s not sudden death, and we’ll go to penalty kicks is no one scores. Whew, what a game.
Expect a goal or two in extra time. There have been chances everywhere, and the USA is still playing a offensive-minded 3-4-3. Megan Rapinoe, the US woman of the match so far, looks a little burnt out going into the extra time:
UPDATE (90+ minute):
We’re into stoppage time, and it looks like we’re headed to extra time. There are still all sorts of chances back and forth, and you can probably bet on a goal coming in the 30-minute extra time, unless everyone just gets burnt out by the blistering pace.
UPDATE (89th minute):
Hope Solo with a beautiful kick save from an odd angle. Corner for Canada… and USA clears. Into the 90th minute we go.
UPDATE (87th minute):
Rapinoe sends in a free kick from a dangerous area but it’s cleared out. Still chances in this one, stay tuned…
UPDATE (85th minute):
A whiff by Wambach! She had a wide-open goal on a one-timed cross form Alex Morgan and she pushed it wide. Canada still alive. Wide open:
UPDATE (83rd minute):
Back comes Canada with a counterattack, but Sinclair shoots a harmless shot into Hope Solo.
UPDATE (82nd minute):
USA is sustaining pressure right now. If you’re going to bet on either team to score before extra time, it’s the US.
Here’s Wambach after tying it at 3-3:
Underdog Canada was up 3-2 on the US late in the Olympic semifinal. But the US tied it at 3-3 with a penalty by Abby Wambach in the 79th minute.
It’s been a crazy game. It was 1-0 Canada in the 52nd minute. After that, the teams have scored five goals in 17 minutes. Christine Sinclair has scored a hat-trick for Canada, Megan Rapinoe has two goals for the US.
We’re now in extra time.
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