Carli Lloyd heads in a goal in the eighth minute to put the United States up 1-0 in their 2-1 victory over Japan
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Carli Lloyd got to the ball just before Abby Wambach was going to kick it.
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Alex Morgan (13) and Kelley O'Hara rush in to congratulate Carli Lloyd. It was a pass by Morgan that led to the first goal.
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The U.S. had the extra incentive of wanting to win the game because it lost to Japan in the final of the most recent World Cup. No team has won a World Cup title and the Olympic gold medal in succession.
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Hope Solo got a lot of help from her teammates in holding Japan scoreless in the first half.
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Aya Miyama of Japan reacts after hitting the cross bar on a shot in the first half against the United States.
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Japan had several chances in front of the U.S. net but was denied and held to just one goal as the U.S. refused to give in.
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Abby Wambach goes up to defend against a scoring attempt by Japan.
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Yuki Ogimi of Japan goes flying over U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo in an unsuccessful scoring attempt.
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Abby Wambach reacts in the first half alongside Shinobu Ohno of Japan.
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Carli Lloyd scores her second goal of the game, this one in the 54th minute with Mizuho Sakaguchi unable to stop her in time.
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Abby Wambach celebrates the goal by Carli Lloyd that gave the U.S. a brief 2-0 lead.
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Christie Rampone (3) and Shannon Boxx (7) go up for a header against Mizuho Sakaguchi.
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Homare Sawa battles with Alex Morgan in the second half.
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Defendier Kelly O'Hara does a good job controlling the ball.
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Rachel Buehler and Shinobu Ohno go after the ball in the first half.
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Yuki Ogimi of Japan moves the ball against Rachel Buehler of the United States in the first half.
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The U.S. team celebrates its gold medal performance.
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The U.S. has now finished first in three consecutive Olympic games.
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