The 2012 Summer Olympics gold medal women’s soccer match was held Thursday (Aug. 9) in Wembley Stadium in London, rematching the World Cup 2011 championship match between the United States and Japan.
The U.S. went up early, as Carli Lloyd scored a goal in the first 10 minutes of the game and then Lloyd again scored early in the second half to make it 2-0. Japan has its attempts at a comeback, but Hope Solo was on her game in the goal, making several spectacular saves. Japan’s only goal, which came at just under the 64-minute mark, was not enough and the U.S. won the gold medal 2-1.
This was the second U.S. game in a row that was not without controversy. After some controversial calls that went for the U.S. in the semifinal against Canada, the U.S. was on the receiving end of a beneficial no-call when Japan took a free kick that bounced off the arm of a U.S. player. That should have been a handball call in the penalty area, which would have meant a penalty kick for Japan.
But the referee said play on and the game continued. It marks the fourth gold medal in Olympics soccer since its inception in 1996. This gold medal match marks a new Olympic record for attendance at a women’s match, at just over 80,000 spectators.