Japan hits the crossbar yet again after a tremendous individual effort in the box by Ohno who took on three USA defenders before picking out the Japanese captain Miyama who unleashed a hard shot that beat Solo but his the bar. Miyama threw her head back in frustration after her shot failed to find the net and you can sympathize as Japan has been simply unable to get a break despite having several great chances here in the first half.
Meanwhile, the USA will take a deep breath after a bit of a defensive breakdown allowed Miyama to get off an uncontested shot from the top of the 18-yard box. Between that, the early saves from Solo and the uncalled penalty, the USA will be celebrating their luck as the game closes in on halftime.
Japan created another great chance with some clever passing just outside the box, this time it was Ohno who got off the shot that curled just wide of Solo's goal. What a frantic first half of soccer!
Hope Solo might want to give the crossbar a friendly pat of appreciation before heading in the locker room.
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