Germany women finally nab Olympic soccer gold, send Neid out on top

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Dzsenifer Marozsan’s 48th minute goal lifted Germany¬†to its long-awaited gold medal in women’s soccer.

An own goal was Germany’s other tally, and USA-killer Stina Blackstenius scored for the Swedes.

Marozsan, 24, had all day to shoot when a ball came into her path just inside the 18. The shot sailed to the left of Swedish goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl, and Germany had its 1-0 lead.

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Germany got insurance through a brutal own goal, as a free kick clattered off the Sweden post before being directed home by a defender.

The Swedes pulled one back on a counter attack, as Olivia Schough slid a ball through the 18 that Blackstenius slid to redirect past Germany ‘keeper Almuth Schult.

Germany won three-straight bronze medals before failing to qualify for the 2012 Games in London. Head coach Silvia Neid walks away with two EURO championships, a World Cup, and Olympic gold.

Sweden had advanced to the final under head coach Pia Sundhage by defending to the death in major upsets of the United States and hosts Brazil.

Canada beat Brazil for the bronze medal earlier Friday.