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Olympic Women's Soccer Semifinal Results, Live Blog: USA Beats Canada 4-3, Earns Spot In Gold Medal Match

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Three goals from Christine Sinclair, right, couldn't beat the US. Canada lost 4-3 in its Olympic semifinal match. (AP) | AP

Canada scored first but it couldn't score last and that made all the difference on Monday night in Manchester.

Facing off against perennial rivals Team USA in their Olympic semifinal, Canada was undaunted.

Christine Sinclair kicked off the scoring for Canada in the 22nd minute. But that scoreline wouldn't hold up for long against a US team full of offensive talent.

The US's Megan Rapinoe tied it up early in the second half. Then the barrage came. In the 67th minute Sinclair restored Canada's lead only to see it evaporate three minutes later when Rapinoe scored her second goal of the game. Sinclair, seemingly unstoppable, would put Canada ahead 3-2 in the 73rd minute.

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It wouldn't be enough. US pressure and some suspect refereeing gave Abby Wambach, the US striker, a penalty kick. She did not miss and the two teams headed into extra time.

The teams played a chippy half-hour of sudden death soccer. In the end it was a perfectly-placed header from Alex Morgan in the dying moments of stoppage time that lifted the US above Canada 4-3.

Canada will play France for the Bronze on Thursday at 8 am ET, 1 pm local time. The United States will get a chance to avenge their 2011 World Cup loss when they face Japan for the gold medal later on Thursday.

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UPDATE: Canada will play for bronze against France after falling 4-3 to the United States in overtime. The match will take place Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012.

UPDATE: Japan, defending Women's World Cup champions, have defeated France 2-1 in their semifinal match.

Team Canada upset host nation Great Britain on Friday to set-up a semifinal match-up against defending Olympic champions Team USA on Monday.

The U.S. are one of the best teams in the world and will be a formidable opponent for the upstart Canadians. The Canadians have only ever beaten the Americans three times in international competition but their performance in London has surprised many.

Look for Christine Sinclair for Canada and Abby Wambach for the U.S. to be difference makers for both teams. Canada's defence showed its mettle on Friday and denied the British squad chances in the second half of that game. They'll have to repeat that performance against a fierce U.S. offence.

This page will be updated with the results of the Canada vs. US semifinal matchup in women's soccer. The game will be played on Monday, Aug. 6 at 2:45 ET. We will also be live blogging the match.

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@ SteveNash : MAJOR respect to the Canadian woman's soccer team! Didn't deserve to lose. Played some beautiful stuff and fought like crazy. Heads up.

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What a game! Thanks for tuning in everyone! Finals will be on Thursday—USA vs. Japan.—KP

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It's a little joke that's been going around the HuffPost Canada office. It just hurts today. Go for the Bronze ladies, we're behind you all the way. -RN

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@ MySecondEmpire : That Canadian loss was really expressly designed to be heartbreaking. Everything about it: the worst possible.

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Good luck against Japan. Canada faces France on Thursday. -RN

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USA WINS! Absolutely incredible game by all involved! —KP

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30 seconds to go with an amazing score by Alex Morgan scores! 4-3 USA! —KP

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Alex Morgan with 30 seconds or so left in extra time. She just heads it past McLeod's hand. HEART. BREAK. -RN

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GOAAAALLLLL USA!!! —KP

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Both teams want this winning goal. Then penalties. Not much time left.-RN

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Tancredi clips a US player and takes her down. But she's walking it off. -RN

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Looking like it'll be penalty kicks to determine the winner unless something crazy happens soon. Still 3-3. —KP

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Morgan with a pass to Wambach and the header hits the cross bar and out. Just a few minutes left, now. - RN

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USA flirting with the idea of scoring a goal, yet not quite. —KP

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A couple of close calls. US crosses and passes in just missed. - RN

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A long free kick played perfectly by Solo. US counters.

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There's been a refreshing lack of diving in this game. Are you listening gents? -RN

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Desiree Scott takes a knee to the leg. OW. She's going to need the stretcher. Nope, she's limping off the field. Guts. -RN

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Picked off by McLeod. But the US is back at it. Canada needs the ball. -RN

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Players are (understandably) beginning to look a little exhausted—announcers wondering if this short break before the final minutes of play will hurt or help. —KP

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A few corners but nothing so far. Ooh, Schmidt went down with an ankle injury. We're going to have some injury time at the end of this. -RN

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@ mirtle : What this game really needs is a shootout. #thingsnooneisthinking

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Nope, that wasn't it. Great defense by Canada, US using its final substitution. —KP

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Rapinoe Takes. Punched out by McLeod. Well played. -RN

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This could be it! Corner kick by the US! —KP

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Rachel Buehler on the field. Looks like she may have landed funny. But she's back up and walking it off. -RN

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Rapinoe quite literally throwing herself on the ball. C'mon USA! —KP

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And then. DUN DUN DUN. Penalty kicks. -RN

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In the 1st period of extra time. Then another 15 minutes. Late close call there for Canada. McLeod missed a ball. -RN

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@ erika_xox : All these empty seats in the stadium and I would kill to be at this game #USAvCAN

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