Norway quick off the blocks
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The two fastest goals in the history of the Women's Olympic Tournament proved to be the difference for Norway against USA at the Qinhuangdao Olympic Sports Centre Stadium in Group G of the 2008 Women's Olympic Football Tournament.

Leni Laursen Kaurin profited from a mix-up between US No1 Hope Solo and defender Lori Chalupny to net the first after just two minutes, which superseded Pia Wunderlich's fourth minute goal for Germany at Atlanta 1996.

Two minutes later, Chalupny's backpass was intercepted by Melissa Wiik, who curled a beautiful right-footed shot from just inside the area past the outstretched Hope Solo, much to the delight of the 7,400 crowd.

However, as the half wore on, the US began to get into their stride. Angela Hucles and Heather O'Reilly both had shots that were off-target, but their best chance came when defender Kate Markgraf fired in a effort from just outside the area that went just over the bar.

Despite being two goals behind, coach Pia Sundhage was still applauding her side enthusiastically for their positive play, but the Swedish coach must have been frustrated at seeing both Natasha Kai and Carli Lloyd miss two chances in the second half.

Indeed, despite surrendering the majority of the possession to the USA, it was Norway who looked the more dangerous going forward. Larsen Kaurin's free-kick found the head of fellow goalscorer Wiik, whose effort went narrowly over.

And when Erika Skarboe saved superbly from Shannon Boxx in added time just seconds before Kai flashed a shot just wide, it was clear that it was not going to be the Americans' night.

USA will be looking to avenge their defeat when they meet Japan on Saturday, while Norway will hope to keep their good run going against New Zealand.