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Japan beats Brazil 2-0 in Olympic women's soccer

Updated: August 3, 2012, 4:22 PM ET
Associated Press

CARDIFF, Wales -- Two long balls, two sharp finishes and Brazil's hopes of its first Olympic gold were over.

Japan's 2-0 victory Friday means it will travel to Manchester for a semifinal against France and a chance to add an Olympic medal to the World Cup it won last year in Germany.

It created few chances, but strikers Yuki Ogimi and Shinobu Ohno took them when it mattered, midway through each half.

Brazilian coach Jorge Barcellos was bitter after the defeat, which ensured ...

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