The After Bar – USWNT 3 – Colombia 0
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Not every U.S. women's national team game is going to feature both an Alex Morgan AND Abby Wambach goal, but you're usually good for at least one of them finding the back of the net. It took Megan Rapinoe's first goal of the 2012 London Olympic tournament to kickstart an eventual 3-0 win, but for long stretches of the match it looked at though the Colombians, with their heavy (and sometimes too aggressive) pressure would make this a much tougher battle than the Lady Nats expected.
Wambach took a unsportsman-like punch to the face on a run to goal, but later returned the favor by scoring the USWNT's second, knockout goal that flattened the Colombians and left them vulnerable for a final Carli Lloyd strike.
The win means the USWNT goes atop their Olympic group and advances to the quarterfinals without needing a single point from their last match against North Korea, losers against France yesterday.
Analysis from women's soccer's best writers:
Grant Wall (Sports Illustrated) – “Wambach bruised, closing in on history as U.S. beats Colombia”
Jerry Hinnen (CBS Sports): “Rapinoe Makes Her Mark”
Jeff Carlisle (ESPN): “Player Grades for USWNT vs. Colombia”
Jenna Pel (NBC Sports): “U.S. Romps past Colombia”
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