USA Vs. Japan, 2012 Olympics: Japan Nearly Equalize

Shame on the fans at Wembley for starting the wave in the 16th minute. I mean are you bored already? Attacking play from the USA, an early goal...there's no need for the wave!

Oh well, back to the action.

After giving up the early goal, Japan settled down and began to put together a much stronger run of possession. They nearly equalized in the 17th minute when Sawa found Kawasumi with a lovely pass that freed Japan's No. 9 free on goal. Her initial shot was blocked by Hope Solo and a follow-up attempt was cleared by a team defensive effort.

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Less than a minute later, Yuki Ogimi was left alone right in front of Solo who made a tremendous save on Ogimi, forcing her headed shot up and off the crossbar. Two tremendous chances for Japan thwarted by two excellent defensive plays by the USA.

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If you thought Japan would lay down after the early goal, well, you haven't watched enough of Japan. Game on.

Follow along with our live coverage of the final in our USA Vs. Japan, London 2012 Olympics StoryStream.

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