The U.S. came from behind three times to beat Canada 4-3 after extra time and advance to the final of the Olympic women’s soccer tournament.
Alex Morgan’s goal in the 123rd minute gave the U.S. the victory at Old Trafford in Manchester, England. The Americans will meet Japan for the gold medal on Aug. 9 at Wembley Stadium in London in a rematch of last year’s World Cup final.
Christine Sinclair scored all three goals for Canada, with each giving her team the lead in the game. Megan Rapinoe had two goals for the U.S. and Abby Wambach scored on a penalty kick.
The U.S has reached the final of all five Olympic women’s soccer tournaments. It’s won three gold medals, including the past two.
Sinclair gave Canada the lead in the 22nd minute and Rapinoe tied the score by putting her corner kick inside the near post nine minutes into the second half.
Sinclair headed Canada back in front in the 67th minute, only to have Rapinoe answer once again with a shot from the edge of the area. After Sinclair completed her hat trick with another header, Wambach scored from the penalty spot with 10 minutes remaining and the game went into extra time.
Wambach hit the crossbar with a header in the 118th minute before Morgan headed in a cross from Heather O’Reilly with about 30 seconds remaining.
In the first semifinal at Wembley, Japan jumped out to a 2- 0 lead on goals from Yuki Ogimi and Mizuho Sakaguchi. Eugenie le Sommer scored for France in the 75th minute. The French then missed a chance to tie three minutes later when Elise Bussaglia was wide with a penalty kick.
Japan beat the U.S. 3-1 in a penalty shootout in the 2011 World Cup final in Germany.
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