Football fans are all geared to watch the final. USA vs Japan Olympic women’s soccer 2012 final will be aired live on NBC sports
Winning the women’s soccer final at the London Olympics on Thursday will be a challenge for the U.S. team. It will be a sweet redemption for the U.S. to overdo the Japanese, who forced a disappointing World Cup final loss on the U.S. last year. Yes, the U.S. Vs Japan Olympic women football final at the Wembley Stadium is going to be an exact rematch of the 2011 World Cup final. Thirteen months back in Frankfurt, Japan dominated the U.S. in a penalty shootout to win the World Cup 2011.
The entire American squad is excited about the match. Each member is ready to take the revenge to save themselves from the humiliation they faced after the loss to the Japanese side. The U.S. forward Abby Wambach says she has been looking for this final. “I have been hoping for this final,” Wambach said, “from the moment I stepped off the podium in Germany.” Indeed, the time has brought a great opportunity for the U.S. to take revenge on the Japanese. Japan, at the same time, looks to prove that its World Cup victory was not a fluke.
For midfielder Carli Lloyd, “it is definitely redemption. But it’s also an opportunity, an opportunity to show the world that we’re the No. 1 team,” she said ahead of the much-waited final at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The United States still ranks No. 1. It is a two-time winner of the Olympic football gold and is also the defending champion. However, the team was shocked with an unexpected World Cup final defeat from Japan.
On other hand, for Japan, the World Cup win was largely unexpected and it came to be a “psychological salve for a nation recovering from a triple tragedy of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown,” says ClarionLender.com. Japan showed a nice game in Germany and returned home with the World Cup. Today, situations are tough and the U.S. team is to emerge into the ground with great thirst for win.
The U.S. made their way into the final with a 4-3 victory over Canada in the semifinal. For Canada, Christine Sinclair scored all three goals in the minutes of 22, 67 and 73. In reply, Megan Rapinoe had two goals and Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan scored one goal each for the U.S. Morgan’s superb goal in injury time brought the victory for the U.S.
Meanwhile, Japan ended the fight of France in the semifinal by 2-1. Yuki Ōgimi and Mizuho Sakaguchi moved the net of France respectively at 32 and 49 minutes. France’s Le Sommer returned one goal for France in the 76th minute. In the bronze medal match, Canada will take on France at the City of Coventry Stadium, Coventry.
Soccer fans are lucky enough to see a great match in the Olympic final. Both Japan and the U.S, two top teams in the world, will show up great fight to win the match and take home the gold medal. “We told each other that we were glad the other had won,” says Wambach. “Because we believe that we’re the top two teams in the world, and we believe our fans deserve to see a great final.”