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Japan beats France to reach Olympic soccer final


By Associated Press

WEMBLEY, England (AP) — World Cup champion Japan reached the women's Olympic soccer final Monday by beating France 2-1 at Wembley Stadium.

Yuki Ogimi and Mizuho Sakaguchi each scored for Japan, but France substitute Eugenie le Sommer pulled one back in the 75th minute.

A minute later, Elise Bussaglia could have equalized from the penalty spot following a foul, but the Frenchwoman shot wide of the right post.

Japan will play either Canada or the United States in the final on Thursday.

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