USA Vs. France, 2012 Olympics: USWNT Come Back To Win 4-2

France got off to a brilliant start, taking a two-goal lead on the USWNT, but the Americans stormed back with four goals of their own.

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USWNT's Wild Win Was Predictable, But Unexpected

The USWNT's Olympic opener was a wild ride, but there was nothing about the match that everyone shouldn't have seen coming.


2012 Olympics, Women's Football Tournament: Favorites Brazil, Sweden Win Big On Day 1

Everything went according to plan for the big sides on Day 1 of the women's football tournament at the 2012 Olympics, though some looked much better than others. Japan, the United States, Brazil and Sweden looked like medal contenders, while Great Britain were made to struggle in their win.

In their first ever Olympics appearance, hosts Great Britain were well on top throughout against New Zealand, but only managed to hit the back of the net once in a 1-0 victory. After a scoreless first half, Stephanie Houghton broke the deadlock with a beautiful free kick goal in the 64th minute to give her team the win.

Defending world champions Japan faced off in Canada in the best match of the day and held on for a crucial 2-1 victory. Japan went into halftime with a 2-1 lead, thanks to goals by Nahomi Kawasumi and Aya Miyama. Melissa Tancredi pulled a goal back early in the second half, but Canada couldn't find an equalizer.

Brazil and Sweden were both dominant as expected against weak teams. Christiane became the all-time leading scorer in the Olympics with her goal, while world player of the year Marta scored twice in a 5-0 win over Cameroon. Sweden defeated South Africa 4-1, with potential Golden Boot candidate Lotta Schelin scoring twice.

In Glasgow, the United States got off to an awful start, falling into a 2-0 hole against France in the first 15 minutes, They were dominant in the final 75 minutes, however, and went on to comfortably win 4-2. Megan Rapinoe turned in a dominant performance with two assists, and she was instrumental in setting up the other two goals as well. Alex Morgan scored twice, while Abby Wambach and Carli Lloyd netted the other goals.

There was a bit of a snafu in the late game when a South Korean flag was displayed alongside pictures of North Korean players. They were infuriated and initially refused to play, causing a long delay, before they eventually agreed to take the field. That turned out to be a good decision, as they defeated Colombia 2-0. With that win, they're already very likely to go to the quarterfinals, even if they lose their next two.


Great Britain 1-0 New Zealand
United States 4-2 France
Japan 2-1 Canada
Brazil 5-0 Cameroon
Sweden 4-1 South Africa
North Korea 2-0 Colombia

Full report: United States 4-2 France

You can find all of our coverage of Wednesday's games in our 2012 Olympics, Women's Soccer Day 1 StoryStream. Below, Matt Ufford recaps the United States' 4-2 win over France.


USA Vs. France, 2012 Olympics: Final Score, USWNT Pulls Out 4-2 Comeback Win

For a five-minute stretch of their Olympic opener, France dominated the United States. They managed two goals in that period of time, but were poor for the rest of the match. It appeared that the USWNT were in for a stunning defeat at the hands of France early, but they stormed back and were dominant in the final 75 minutes of their 4-2 victory.

Gaetane Thiney opened the scoring with a 25-yard screamer in the 12th minute, beating Hope Solo easily. Solo should have done more to stop the shot, but didn't appear to get off her feet well to lunge towards the shot. She made up for that error with a spectacular and flawless performance throughout the rest of the match.

France went up 2-0 just two minutes later through Marie-Laure Delie, who finished from 10 yards out after a mad scramble that followed a corner kick. Shannon Boxx had to exit the game with an injury in the 17th minute as bad transitioned to disastrous for the United States, but things turned around for the team in an instant.

Abby Wambach headed in the USWNT's opener off of a Megan Rapinoe corner in the 18th minute, marking the beginning of their turnaround. Wambach set up Alex Morgan's equalizer later in the half, flicking a header into her path in the 31st minute, which Morgan turned into a goal with a well-timed volley.

France subbed off highly ineffective attacking midfielder Louisa Necib at halftime, replacing her with red-hot striker Eugenie Le Sommer. However, even though France had two athletic strikers up top and no No. 10, they didn't change their tactics much and surprisingly didn't hit very many direct balls up to their forwards. Le Sommer and Delie were largely ineffective in the second half.

The United States went ahead for good in the 56th minute, thanks to a great goal by Carli Lloyd, who replaced Boxx in the first half. France failed to close her down in the midfield, giving her too much space to unleash a shot at goal. She hit a bullet into the back of the net from 25 yards out to make the score 3-2.

Morgan closed the scoring with her second goal of the game in the 66th minute. Tobin Heath provided the set up with a great cross, following a Rapinoe through ball that released her down the left flank. Wambach lunged for Heath's low cross and couldn't redirect it into the goal, but the ball dribbled through to Morgan, who was unmarked and in the perfect spot for a far post tap-in.

Over her last 18 games, Morgan has scored an incredible 19 goals. She was fantastic on Wednesday, but Rapinoe was arguably the best player on the pitch. Her passing and set pieces were spectacular throughout the match and were instrumental in all of the United States' best chances.

Matt Ufford breaks down the USWNT win, and looks ahead the Americans next two group play matches:


USA Vs. France, 2012 Olympics: Halftime Score, Wild Match Locked Up At 2-2

The United States women got off to a horrible start in the first 15 minutes of their Olympic opener against France, but fought back to level the match. Both teams will have plenty of adjustments to make in the locker room after a wild half that ended 2-2.

Gaetane Thiney got Les Bleues off to a terrific start with a 12th minute stunner. The United States was well on top in the opening 10 minutes of the match, but the game was turned on its head by Thiney's fantastic goal. She unleashed a rocket from 25 yards out and Hope Solo didn't explode upwards like she usually does. The U.S. goalkeeper got a hand to the ball, but couldn't keep it out of the back of the net.

Just two minutes later, Marie-Laure Delie doubled France's lead. Following a corner kick, France attempted multiple shots that were blocked, while the United States had multiple blocked clearances during a mad scramble. The ball eventually fell to Delie, who hit a composed finish into the back of the net from 10 yards out, giving her team a 2-0 lead.

Things got worse for the USWNT immediately, with Shannon Boxx picking up an injury in the 17th minute. Carli Lloyd, a less defensive-minded player, replaced her in the midfield.

It appeared that the United States were in free fall mode until they were rescued by Abby Wambach, just one minute after Boxx was forced out of the game. Megan Rapinoe set up her goal with a great corner kick to the back post, and Wambach rose up above the entire France defense to head it into the back of the net.

Wambach played a part in the United States' equalizer as well, setting up Alex Morgan for the goal in the 31st minute. The two combined for a perfect example of a classic target forward-quick forward goal, with Wambach winning a header to flick the ball forward for Morgan. She timed her run perfectly, beat her defender for pace and hit a great volley into the back of the net to level the match.

Matt Ufford breaks down the USWNT win, and looks ahead the Americans next two group play matches:


USA Vs. France, 2012 Olympics: Lineups

The United States and France begin their campaigns for a medal at the 2012 Olympics against each other in one of the marquee matchups of the tournament. These are two of the strongest teams in the world, and this match could be a big indicator of whether or not either team is strong enough to win gold. Marie-Laurie Delie gets the nod up top for France over Eugenie Le Sommer, while the United States has picked both Tobin Heath and Megan Rapinoe over Heather O'Reilly.

France Lineup (4-2-3-1): Bouhaddi; Franco, Renard, Meilleroux, Bompastor; Abily, Bussaglia; Thomis, Nécib, Thiney; Delie

United States Lineup (4-4-2): Solo; LePeilbet, Rampone, Buehler, O'Hara; Rapinoe, Boxx, Cheney, Heath; Morgan, Wambach

Kickoff is at 12 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. local time from Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland. You can catch the game on NBC Sports Network or streaming live on

We'll have coverage of all of Wednesday's games in our 2012 Olympics, Women's Soccer Day 1 StoryStream.

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