Carli Lloyd’s brace takes United States to third consecutive Olympic gold in women’s football
United States claimed revenge over Japan for their World Cup final defeat last year. The United States women’s football team grabbed an exhilarating 2-1 victory at the Wembley Stadium yesterday.
Two spectacular goals from the Jersey girl Carli Lloyd helped United States celebrate their successful campaign for gold and glory.
The victory completed a hat-trick of Olympic gold medals for United States. Carli Lloyd, who also scored a winner in the women’s football final at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, was happy to have made amends for penalty shoot-out miss in the World Cup final last year.
“A gold medal is a gold medal but one this is different,” said Hope Solo, goalkeeper and captain of United States women’s football team. “This is the first time in my athletic career, and I've been in a few major tournaments, that it really feels like a team.”
The 30-year-old midfielder Carli Lloyd received a lot of applause from her teammates for her brilliant form in the game. Carli Lloyd was benched before the Olympics. She was expected to play side role in United States team, but a hamstring injury to Shannon Boxx put her in the field in the second game of the tournament.
“Superstars don't go unnoticed for very long. I'm so proud of Carli. She didn't pout about [losing her job]. She stayed professional and, look it, she scored two goals in the finals of the Olympic Games,” said compatriot Abby Wambach.
“The penalty shot (miss at the World Cup last year) wasn't in my mind one bit. It happens,” Carli Lloyd expressed. “To be honest, it was just another game. We obviously lost to them at the World Cup, but this was just another game and another opportunity to show that we're the No. 1 team in the world.
“To have a second gold medal is a dream come true. I definitely want a World Cup win,” added Carli Lloyd, who plans to play for United States at the 2016 Olympics.
Carli Lloyd drew first blood in the seventh minute of the game with a well struck header from a cross by Alex Morgan. She doubled United States lead in the 53rd minute with 20-yard blast to the far post.
Yuki Ogmi put one back to take the score to 2-1 in the 62nd minute, but a United States goalkeeper Hope Solo refused to let anymore balls hit back of the net. She made a couple of miraculous saves towards the end of the game.
In other news, Diana Matheson’s last minutes goal helped Canada to a 1-0 victory over France. This means United States has gold, Japan has silver and Canada finishes with bronze in women’s football at the 2012 London Olympics.