Thriller at Old Trafford

by Ryan on August 7, 2012

in Sports

Yesterday’s Olympic Women’s Soccer semifinal between the US and Canada was awesome — the most entertaining team sport match of the Olympics thus far!  The US defeated Canada 4-3 with a header from Alex Morgan on Heather O’Reilly’s cross in the 123rd minute.  The teams traded goals in regulation which ended 3-3.  A knock-down/drag-out battle began in extra time, but the US kept attacking and consuming the clock until the final moments.  (NBC is coveting video at the moment so you’ll just have to click the links for pics and/or very brief clips.)

Granted the US did get a lot of calls their way in key moments — the refs brushed off a few inadvertent handballs, but called them tightly against Canada.  Then again one Canadian player was given seven warnings by the ref for blatant fouls, but not issued a yellow card.  Plus, sparking controversy beforehand Canada’s coach accused the US team of getting away with “highly illegal” tactics, urging the refs to pay closer attention.  Strange how calls balance out, though.

The US moves on to the gold medal match Thursday against Japan, the team which defeated the US ladies in last year’s World Cup in penalty kicks.  I just hope we didn’t leave too much on the field yesterday before exacting revenge later this week.

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