MANCHESTER, England – Alex Morgan delivered a dramatic header in the 123rd minute – stoppage time of the second overtime period – to deliver the U.S. women's soccer team a 4-3 semifinal victory over Canada.
The Americans advance to Thursday’s gold-medal game with Japan, a rematch of a disappointing loss for the U.S. in the 2011 Women's World Cup final.
In a thrilling, back-and-forth battle at legendary Old Trafford stadium here, the U.S. needed three comebacks and extra time to defeat a tough, proud, and defiant Canadian team.
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The winner came with the game just seconds from heading to penalty kicks. Veteran Heather O'Reilly got the ball on the right side and crossed it in front of the net, where Morgan leaped in a crowd and headed the ball over Canadian keeper Erin McLeod.
A pro-American crowd of about 15,000 at the home of Manchester United chanted "U-S-A, U-S-A" and waved American flags as Morgan was mobbed by herRead More »from Alex Morgan scores late goal to give U.S. women dramatic 4-3 overtime win over Canada