GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 25: Abby Wambach of USA in action during the Women's Football first round Group G Match of the London 2012 Olympic Games between United States and France, at Hampden Park on July 25, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)

2012 Olympics: USWNT Beats Colombia Easily, 3-0

The United States dispatched of Colombia with ease, 3-0, while Japan and Sweden played to a 0-0 draw in the second round of fixtures in the women's football tournament at the 2012 Olympics.

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USA Vs. Colombia: Final Score, USWNT Cruise In 3-0 Victory

The United States women are through to the quarterfinals of the London 2012 Olympics women's soccer tournament, and will only need a draw in their final match of the group stage to win their group. It took them until late in the first half to score their first goal, but they were comfortably in command for the entirety of their 3-0 victory over Colombia.

The game was a rematch of a World Cup group stage match from last year, which the United States won by the same score. It played out in very similar fashion, and even featured two of the same goal scorers. Rapinoe opened the scoring in the 33rd minute, curling an excellent shot over the outstretched hand of Colombian goalkeeper Sandra Sepulveda from 20 yards out. Sepulveda is just 5'5", and it appeared that a taller goalkeeper would have been able to make the save.

It took until the 74th minute for the United States to finish off the match and solidify their lead, but they did it in impressive fashion. Alex Morgan started the move by deflecting a 50-50 ball into the path of Abby Wambach, who played a one-two exchange with substitute Tobin Heath. Wambach beat her defender to Heath's return ball 12 yards from goal and poked a finish past Sepulveda to make it 2-0.

Three minutes later, Carli Lloyd scored her second goal of the tournament, assisted by Rapinoe with a fantastic through ball for her third assist of the tournament. In addition to her goal, Lloyd was excellent defensively in midfield in place of Shannon Boxx, and rivaled Rapinoe for player of the match honors.

The United States close out their group stage campaign against North Korea, who will have a lot to play for. They may be able to progress to the quarterfinals with a loss, but may need a point to avoid a top seeded team in the quarterfinals.


USA Vs. Colombia, Halftime Score: USWNT Up 1-0, Abby Wambach Punched

The U.S. women's national soccer team expected a smoother ride against Colombia than France in group play at the 2012 Olympics. In one sense, it has been, with the Americans up 1-0 after a brilliant goal by Megan Rapinoe. But Abby Wambach's rougher half may balance it out.

Rapinoe fired a brilliant strike from just outside the box in the 33rd minute on a feed from Alex Morgan to produce the only goal of the first half, then pulled a birthday message to former national team player Ali Krieger out of her sock and displayed it.

Wambach's tough half may be the story of the day so far, however. Shortly after Rapinoe's goal, Wambach was crumpled by a shot from Colombia's Lady Andrade and stayed down for the better part of a minute. Replay showed that Andrade delivered a shot to Wambach's eye, but the foul was away from the ball, no referee was near the play as it happened, and no foul was assessed.

Chippy play continued through the end of the half, as Rapinoe got involved in a bit of a squabble in extra time.

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USA Vs. Colombia: Game Time, TV Schedule, Streaming And More

After an exhilarating 4-2 comeback victory against France in their first game at the 2012 London Olympics, U.S. Women's National Team could be forgiven for wanting a less-exciting follow-up. That may well be possible against Colombia.

The USWNT will be the heavy favorite over Colombia, which did not start its first game against North Korea on Wednesday on time, thanks to a flag flap. But that North Korean team thumped the Colombians, 2-0, and Colombia didn't win a single match in the 2011 Women's World Cup.

U.S. forward Alex Morgan will look to continue her fantastic run of form in 2012. After two goals in the win over France, Morgan is just one goal shy of 20 this year, and reaching the plateau would make her the fourth American woman to do so in a calendar year.

Game Date/Time: Saturday, noon ET, 5 p.m. local

Venue: Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland

TV: NBC Sports Network


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