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Marta again without a major trophy

Marta again without a major trophy

Another final over. Again Marta is crying. It wasn't this time that the world's best player in women's football finally won a major title.
Marta, winner of the last two FIFA Player of the Year Awards, again couldn't lead Brazil past the United States in the Olympic final, and the Americans won their second straight gold with a 1-0 extra-time victory Thursday.
After the final whistle, Marta sat down in midfield with her head down, crying. By herself, she looked disbelievingly at the Americans as they celebrated their third Olympic gold.
After hearing huge cheers from the crowd as her name was announced in the medal presentation, she couldn't hold back the tears again.
With Marta in command from the start, Brazil outplayed the Americans for most of the match but allowed Carli Lloyd to score in the sixth minute of extra time to fall short yet again in a major competition.
It is the third time in a row that Marta and her teammates finished second in a top event. In addition to the loss to the U.S. at the 2004 Athens Games, Brazil also fell to Germany in last year's World Cup final in China.
After women's football debuted at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Brazil earned two fourth-place finishes before reaching the final in Athens and now in China.
Marta had her first touch on the ball less than five minutes into Thursday's match, and constantly drew cheers from 50,000 plus fans at Workers' Stadium in Beijing. Among those in attendance were Pele, FIFA president Sepp Blatter and NBA star Kobe Bryant, a longtime fan of Marta.
With her nifty skills, Marta was a constant threat to the U.S. defense with the ball nearly always passing through her feet.
In the 34th, she squeezed her way past U.S. defenders Christie Rampone and Kate Markgraf just outside the area on the right side before firing a low left-footed shot that missed wide at the near post.
Six minutes later, she had another great run. This time, beating three defenders on the left side, but her cross into the area deflected off a defender and just missed striker Cristiane.
In the 63rd, Marta had an open look from the top of the area but her shot sailed over the crossbar.
One of her best chances came in the 72nd, when she beat defender Lori Chalupny and Heather Mitts inside the area before her shot was brilliantly saved by goalkeeper Hope Solo.
After the Americans scored, Marta was constantly reaching out for the ball to try to somehow get the equalizer.
Her shot from just outside the area in the 102nd was just blocked by a defender, and she couldn't capitalize on the rebound.
Her corner just before the end almost went directly in, and her free kick just minutes later went untouched across the goal mouth and just missed wide.
Brazil lost 2-1 to the U.S. in Athens in extra time. Ten Brazilian players were back this year, including Marta and other six starters.
Marta, playing in her second Olympics, missed a penalty kick in Brazil's 2-0 loss to Germany in last year's World Cup. She had scored twice in the team's 4-0 routing of the U.S. in the semifinals.
Marta won the gold medal in last year's Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, but several teams did not use their top players.