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Kai puts US in women's soccer semifinal with 2-1 win over Canada


he United States' forward Natasha Kai, right, scores the team's second goal during the extra time of the women's quarter final match between USA and Canada at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Shanghai, Friday

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SHANGHAI, China Natasha Kai headed in an extra time goal, giving the defending champion United States a spot in the Olympic women's soccer semifinal with a 2-1 victory over Canada.

Angela Hucles gave the Americans a 12th-minute lead with a goal from in close at Shanghai's Olympic Stadium on Friday.

But Christine Sinclair countered in the 30th for Canada with a powerful 22-meter shot.

The game was suspended for one hour and 40 minutes during the first half because of lightning.

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