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U.S. Soccer vs. Japan LIVE: 2012 Olympics Women's Soccer Gold Medal Match Feature Rematch

08/09/2012 02:29 pm ET | Updated Aug 10, 2012

Like so many other summer blockbusters, the gold medal match in the women's soccer tournament at the London 2012 Olympics is a sequel.

Abby Wambach, Megan Rapinoe and rest the U.S. women are looking to avenge their defeat to Japan in the final of the 2011 World Cup. That hard fought match went to penalty kicks and was clinched by the Nadeshiko, 3-1.

The U.S. women appeared set to take another match to penalties in its semifinal against Canada when Alex Morgan scored a stunning goal with her head in the 122nd minute. In the other semifinal, Japan held on for a relatively straightforward 2-1 win over France.

"I think the fact that we lost the World Cup and the way that we did gives us even more passion and desire to go out and perform tomorrow," Wambach told reporters on Wednesday. "The truth is, this is going to be a great day, a great day for soccer, a great day for women's sports, and something that hopefully we'll be able to remember for the rest of our lives – and hopefully it's in a good way."

Will Japan be able to win a second consecutive international title? Can the U.S. avenge its defeat at penalties? Who will the heroine be tonight?

STAY TUNED FOR LIVE UPDATES, HIGHLIGHTS, SCORES:

08/13/2012 12:19 AM EDT

"I can't believe it's over."

Hours after the closing ceremony actually ended in London, NBC played back some recordings of athlete interviews done on the floor of the Olympic Stadium in the immediate aftermath of the performance by The Who.

Up first, 17-year-old swim star Missy Franklin summed up the feelings of everyone who has been contributing to this live blog for the past 17 days.

"I can't believe it's over," Franklin told Michelle Tafoya of NBC.

Thanks for enjoying (and/or not enjoying) everything that has happened during the London Olympics with us.

CLICK HERE to check out all of our coverage and to re-live (think of it as a form of tape delay) your favorite moments.

08/13/2012 12:02 AM EDT

At Long Last..

NBC has returned from your local news and its new sitcom with.. The Who. It's midnight on the East Coast and well past the bedtime of all the band members in the UK.

08/12/2012 11:08 PM EDT

PHOTOS: The Who Performed Already

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08/12/2012 11:06 PM EDT

@ Blueskyfox :

Sorry @NBC, not playing your switch-and-bait game trying to get me to watch your monkey show. #SwitchingChannels

08/12/2012 11:05 PM EDT

@ Dowminator :

Really! I want to see The Who more than I want to watch NBC's newest comedy...

08/12/2012 11:04 PM EDT

@ GlennaRegan :

Seriously, NBC? Animal Practice preview? You can't interrupt the Closing Ceremony with a promo for your dumb new show...

08/12/2012 11:04 PM EDT

@ davewordnerd :

How desperate is NBC? Gotta interrupt tape-delayed Olympic closing ceremony to show a stupid sitcom?

08/12/2012 11:03 PM EDT

@ ashleyesq :

Leave it to NBC to split the #closingceremonies...for those that care, apparently the end end will be on at 11:00

08/12/2012 11:03 PM EDT

@ davidlasseter :

Oh, so you have to sit through Animal Practice to get to The Who. NBC using the whole fist on us.

08/12/2012 11:03 PM EDT

One Last NBC Fail...

With everyone knowing that The WHO already played in London hours ago but still waiting to see them during the Closing Ceremony broadcast, NBC decides to debut a new sitcom. So, you have to wait for this to see "Baba O'Riley" and "See Me, Feel Me" and "My Generation."

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