The U.S. women's soccer team walked away from its second match of the London Olympics with three more points (and six total) in the group stage and one black eye. That's because in the 39th minute, Colombia's Lady Andrade socked U.S. star Abby Wambach in the face.
The two were jostling for position as they ran down the ball. Andrade dropped Wambach, who began writhing in pain once she hit the turf in Glasgow. As play continued, no call came from the officials.
The reigning AP Female Athlete of the Year didn't stay down, though. In the 74th minute, Wambach scored her sixth career goal in the Olympics to give the U.S. a 2-0 lead. With that goal, Wambach broke the U.S. women's soccer record for most career goals at the Olympics.
But that wasn't the topic of conversation after the match. Instead, Wambach threw in her two cents on the hit.
"It was a really terrible play," she said. "Dangerous and unsportsmanlike. I hope that FIFA will look at the play and decide if this is the kind of player they want in the Olympics."
Wambach also told reporters that Andrade kept taunting her in the second half and even tried to hit her in the face again.
For her part, Andrade didn't seem to be overly concerned with what transpired on the field, saying through an interpreter that "that's the way things happen in football."
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