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Men’s soccer may be the dumbest sport at the Summer Olympics, but you can’t say that for the women’s tournament. All the best players on all the best teams in the world are there, and the competition is fierce.
Case in point: yesterday’s back-and-forth overtime semifinal between Canada and the USA, which some are already calling the greatest women’s soccer game ever played.
Christine Sinclair gave Canada a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute, and the Canucks took that lead into halftime. The USA’s Megan Rapinoe tied the game in the 54th minute, but Sinclair gave Canada the lead again with a goal in the 67th minute. Three minutes later, Rapinoe tied the game again, but Sinclair answered back three minutes after that with her third brilliant goal of the game.
So Canada won 3-2, right?
Wrong. After a bizarre and highly questionable call late in the game, the USA got a free kick inside the Canadian goal box…which led to a handball…which led to a penalty shot…which led to the tying goal by Abby Wambach in the 80th minute of the game.
Then the two teams played a full 30 minutes of overtime without a goal, before finally, 2:22 into stoppage time at the end of the second and final overtime period, the USA’s Alex Morgan did this:
That’s what I call some last-second heroics.
Of course, Canadians everywhere felt they had the games ripped from their fingers by Norwegian referee Christina Pedersen. But still, that doesn’t take away from Morgan’s brilliant game-winner, or from the fact that this game will go down in history as one of the greatest women’s soccer games of all time.