QINHUANGDAO, China, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Two goals in the first four minutes sent Norway to a stunning 2-0 victory over the United States on the first day of the Olympic women's soccer tournament.
Leni Larsen Kaurin and Melissa Wiik produced scores for the Norwegians, who then lapsed into a defensive posture that stifled the defending champion Americans' hopes for a comeback.
Although the loss Wednesday didn't end the United States' medal aspirations, Team USA will likely need a win and a tie in its two remaining Group G games to reach the quarterfinals.
The United States was playing without star Abby Wambach, who suffered a broken leg last month in a game against Brazil. She has scored 99 career international goals.
The other Group G game Wednesday, played in Qinhuangdao, saw Japan rally for two late goals to tie New Zealand 2-2. The Americans will play Japan on Saturday.
In Group E games played in Tianjin, Canada defeated Argentina 2-1 and China thrilled the home crowd by defeating Sweden 2-1. In Group F, contested in Shenyang, Brazil and Germany played to a 0-0 tie and North Korea defeated Nigeria 1-0.
The men's soccer tournament begins Thursday on the eve of the opening ceremonies.