Olympic action: July 25

Published On July 26, 2012 | By Jill Saftel

The Opening Ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympics will be held Friday night, but Olympic competition is already underway across the pond. Wednesday marked the beginning of the 2012 Olympics as the women’s football (soccer) competition opened with Olympic-sized drama.

USA women mount comeback, top France

After finding themselves in a 2-0 hole just 15 minutes into their first taste of 2012 Olympic action, the U.S. women’s soccer team rallied against a surging French team in the preliminary round. Alex Morgan led the team past France with two goals, and teammates Abby Wambach and Carli Lloyd both notched a goal apiece.

North Koreans refuse to play after South Korean flag displayed before game

North Korea delayed the start of its match against Colombia for more than an hour after players’ photos were flashed next to the South Korean flag during introductions. The North Korean players left the field in protest, but returned to the field to defeat Colombia, 2-0. London-based Olympic organizers accepted blame for the error.

On tap for Thursday:

The first round of men’s football (soccer) will begin Thursday. Since the United States did not qualify for men’s football, no Americans will be competing Thursday. There should be some interesting matches for American fans as powerhouse Spain and the always-talented Brazil squad will take the pitch Thursday. Viewers can tune in for both the Spain and Brazil games on MSNBC. Anyone wanting to watch home team Great Britain can find that match on NBC Sports Network.

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Jill studies journalism at Northeastern University, covers Hockey East for College Hockey News and is the sports editor for The Huntington News. You can follow her on Twitter at @jillsaftel, just don't ask her to choose between hockey and baseball, it's impossible.