U.S. women beat Japan to claim gold in Olympic soccer final

Published 5:35 PM EDT, Thu August 9, 2012

Story highlights

Team USA beats Japan 2-1 to win Olympic women's football gold

Midfielder Carli Lloyd scores a goal in each half to secure fourth Olympic title

Japan beat U.S. on penalties in last year's FIFA Women's World Cup final

Canada clinches the bronze medal after beating France 1-0

(CNN) —  

The United States avenged its defeat in last year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup final by beating Japan 2-1 to defend its Olympic title at London’s Wembley Stadium on Thursday.

In front of 80,203 fans, a record for a women’s soccer match at the Games, the U.S. won a fourth Olympic gold in five tournaments thanks to a goal in each half from midfielder Carli Lloyd.

Japan beat Pia Sundhage’s team in a dramatic penalty shootout at last year’s World Cup in Germany, but the Asian team could only offer Yuki Ogimi’s second-half goal in response.

The U.S. got off to a perfect start when Lloyd met striker Alex Morgan’s cross with a brave header after eight minutes.