Lloyd puts US up 1-0 over Japan in Olympic soccer

Associated Press
A fan of the United States waits for the start of the women's soccer gold medal match between Japan and the United States at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

WEMBLEY, England (AP) — The Americans lead Japan 1-0 after 30 minutes in the women's gold medal soccer game on Carli Lloyd's header in the eighth minute.

The U.S. almost doubled the lead in the 28th minute when Azusa Iwashimizu headed the ball into her own post. But it caromed off, and play continued.

Japan's two best chances came 10 minutes earlier. Nahomi Kawasumi's shot in the 17th minute was going wide, but Christie Rampone put a foot on it anyway and the ball deflected right back to U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo. A minute later, Solo punched Yuki Ogimi's header from close range into the crossbar. The ball went to Rachel Buehler, whose clearance attempt went right back to Ogimi.

She took another shot from close range, only to see it sky over the crossbar.

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WEMBLEY, England (AP) — Carli Lloyd has scored in the eighth minute to give the United States a 1-0 lead in the gold medal game against Japan on Thursday night.

Tobin Heath fed the ball from the left side into Alex Morgan in the area. Morgan spun, controlling the ball along the goal line before chipping it toward Abby Wambach. Wambach raised her left foot, but Lloyd rushed in and headed the ball from 6 yards. Japanese goalkeeper Miho Fukumoto had no chance to stop it.

The game is a rematch of last year's World Cup final, won by Japan in a penalty shootout.

The Americans are trying to win their fourth Olympic title and third straight. Japan is trying to become the first team to win World Cup and Olympic titles in back-to-back years.