Thursday August 21, 2008
BEIJING (AP) -- The defending champion United States has won the
gold medal in women's soccer for the third time in four Olympics,
beating Brazil 1-0 in overtime Thursday.
Carli Lloyd scored in the sixth minute of extra time for the
Americans, who beat the Brazilians for a second straight Olympic
final. Amy Rodriguez held off two Brazilians and put the ball up
for Lloyd who left-footed it from a yard outside the area. Barbara
dived, but the ball scooted past her and settled in the far bottom
corner of the net.
Marta gave Brazil a chance in the 102nd minute, but she was
tackled by Heather Mitts. Marta got the ball back, but was blocked
first by Kate Markgraf and then by Christie Rampone. Earlier, world champion Germany defeated Japan 2-0 in the bronze medal game.
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