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Rio Olympics: LI’s Crystal Dunn scores in USA draw with Colombia

United States' Crystal Dunn, center, celebrates scoring her

United States' Crystal Dunn, center, celebrates scoring her side's first goal during a group G match of the women's Olympic football tournament between Colombia and United States at the Arena Amazonia stadium in Manaus, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. Photo Credit: AP / Michael Dantas

MANAUS, Brazil — With time running out, Catalina Usme beat Hope Solo with a free kick from a tight angle to give Colombia a 2-2 draw against the United States on Tuesday at the Olympics.

Usme also scored in the 26th minute to give the Colombians an early 1-0 lead. It was the team’s first-ever Olympic goal, and first-ever goal against the United States.

Despite the draw, the top-ranked United States still finished atop Group F.

Crystal Dunn of Rockville Centre scored for the defending champions. Dunn, playing in her first Olympics with the national team, tied the match with a rebound after Carli Lloyd’s shot bounced back off the crossbar in the 41st minute.

Mallory Pugh, 18, became the youngest player to score for the United States in an Olympics with her goal in the 59th minute, giving the Americans a 2-1 lead.

The U.S. women’s team, the reigning World Cup champions, is vying for its fourth straight Olympic gold medal. Pugh came into the game as a first-half substitute for midfielder Megan Rapinoe, who played in her first match since having ACL surgery in December.

In addition to Rapinoe, United States coach Jill Ellis made several other changes to her starting lineup, sitting regular starters Alex Morgan, Tobin Heath and Meghan Klingenberg. Julie Johnston, who sat out the second game with groin injury, was also on the bench.

Morgan came in after the half for Lloyd. Pugh, who hurt her ankle in the 2-0 opening win against New Zealand, went in when Rapinoe was pulled in the 33rd minute.

The crowd was on the side of the underdogs from the start and cheered wildly when Usme scored her first goal.

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