If the USA are going to survive this game, they really need to defense through possession. Japan is simply too good on the attack for the defense to hold up, but instead of taking advantage of when they get the ball, the USA seem to be working too fast. Several times they have taken early shots from distance rather than making another pass and trying to extend their control of the ball.
Rachel Buehler nearly gave the USA back their two-goal advantage in the 68th minute, forcing a tremendous save from Fukumoto. It was a nice response to Japan's goal, but they'll need more responses like that and more of the ball if they hope to hold on to this lead.
Japan got close again after another dangerous free kick. Miyama's cross curled right in to the box and was headed away by Abby Wambach before Ogimi could get her head on it. Japan was unable to create a chance off the subsequent corner.
Minutes later a Carli Lloyd handball gave Japan yet another dangerous free kick. Hope Solo made the initial save, but the ball pinballed around the box before another shot was blocked by Amy LePeilbet who dropped to her knees and chested the ball down before a foul was called against Japan.
I really can't describe what an amazing game this is, I'm trying, but I think my words aren't enough.
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