US women's soccer beat Japan 2-1 in Olympic final

WEMBLEY, England (AP) -- Behind the scoring of Carli Lloyd, the American women won the gold medal in soccer. The U.S. gained a measure of revenge by beating Japan in the gold medal game 2-1.

The gold is the third straight for the U.S. in women's soccer and fourth of five Olympics since women's soccer was introduced at the 1996 Atlanta Games.

Lloyd finished the game with both goals, scoring in the eighth and 54th minutes. This was her second multiple-goal game and gave her four for the tournament.

The revenge for the U.S. came from the fact that Japan beat the U.S. on penalty kicks in the World Cup final last year.

The final drew a crowd of 80,203, the largest ever to see a women's soccer game at the Olympics.

That tops the 76,481 for the final game at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, when women's soccer made its debut.

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