The United States women's soccer team has beaten Japan 2-1 to win the gold medal.

Carli Lloyd scored both goals for the U.S.and Hope Solo was outstanding in goal, making a lunging save on a point-blank shot from Asuna Tanaka in the 84th minute to keep the Americans in front.

The Americans avenged a loss in a penalty shootout to Japan in the World Cup final and captured their third straight Olympic title.