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USA wins women´s soccer title at Beijing Olympics

Source: Xinhua | 08-21-2008 23:48

Special Report:   2008 Beijing Olympic Games

BEIJING, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- The United States struggled to beat hottest favorite Brazil 1-0 in the extra time to claim the women's soccer title at the Beijing Olympics on Thursday.

Marta (L) of Brazil vies for the ball during Women's Gold - Match 26 between the U.S. and Brazil of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games football event at Workers' Stadium in Beijing, China, Aug. 21, 2008. The U.S. beat Brazil 1-0 and won the gold medal of the event.(Xinhua Photo)
Marta (L) of Brazil vies for the ball during Women's Gold - Match
26 between the U.S. and Brazil of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games 
football event at Workers' Stadium in Beijing, China, Aug. 21, 
2008. The U.S. beat Brazil 1-0 and won the gold medal of the 
event.(Xinhua Photo)

Brazil, the Olympic runners-up in Athens and World Cup runners-up in 2007, had to settle second again.

World Cup champions Germany, who was crushed by Brazil in the Olympic semifinal, beat Japan 2-0 in the bronze medal match on Thursday.