The Canadian women's soccer team feels "robbed" and "cheated" after what its coach described as two "bizarre" calls in a 4-3 U.S. victory in the Olympic semifinals.
Canadian players were upset about a second-half sequence in which Canada goalkeeper Erin McLeod corralled a loose ball, and the referee determined she held it for more than the allowed six seconds as she searched for a place to throw it. She was assessed a foul, and the U.S. was awarded an indirect free kick inside the penalty area.
U.S. midfielder Megan Rapinoe took the free kick and spiked it off Canadian Lauren Sesselmann's arm, eliciting a handball call and a penalty kick, which Abby Wambach converted to tie the game 3-3 before extra time.
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Posted August 7, 2012 at 6:11 am
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