The After Bar: USWNT 1 - North Korea 0
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They're not all going to be pretty and the U.S. women's national team final Olympic group game, a 1-0 decision over North Korea, fit the bill of a solid, but tough win.
A physical North Korea was helped by the right goal post that saved two shots, but Alex Morgan's hold up play allowed Abby Wambach to slipt through the defense and hammer home the game's lone goal. It was Wambach's 141st international goal, leaving her just 17 shy of USWNT legend Mia Hamm's all-time mark (and she's played 90 less matches).
The Lady Nats will face New Zealand at 8:30am CT in the quarterfinals from St. James Park in Newcastle, England (NBC Sports Network, NBC Soccer Channel, NBC Live Extra (web)).
NBC and the Olympics have restricted "sharing" and what-not. Here's the link to the NBC page.
Analysis from women's soccer's best writers:
Grant Wahl (Sports Illustrated) - "U.S.-North Korea match headlines historic day for women's soccer"
Jeff Carlisle (ESPN) - "U.S. Women still perfect"
Jenna Pel (NBC Sports) - "U.S. runs the table"
Jason Gay (Wall Street Journal) - "New World Order at Old Trafford"
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