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The After Bar: USWNT 4 – France 2

It was scary there for a bit.

The United States women's national team went down early, two goals after fourteen minutes, to France, but scored four unanswered to win their first match of the 2012 London Summer Olympics. A series of defensive blunders put the Lady Nats on the back foot before goals from Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan (2), and Carli Lloyd eased the jitters. 

It was shades of 2008 when the USWNT lost 2-0 in their opening Olympic contest to Norway, but history would not repeat itself. Back in '08 the women recovered to capture gold.

Morgan's brace brought here 2012 total to 19, leaving her just one shy of becoming the fifth Lady Nat to tally 20 goals in one season. Think she'll make it?

The USWNT will face Colombia this Saturday at 11am CT (NBC Sports Network) in their second group match.

Highlights (poor audio, but link below is solid):

Click over to NBC Olympics site for all the goals.

Reactions:

NBC post-game interview with Abby Wambach.

U.S. Soccer Quote Sheet

Analysis from women's soccer's best writers:

Jenna Pel (NBC Sports Network) – “USWNT Launch 2012 Olympic Campaign with Comeback Win Over France”

Jeff Carlisle (ESPN) – “Grades: USWNT Versus France”

Maura Gladys (The Shin Guardian) – “Don't Call It a Comeback”

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