Japan Champion of FIFA Women's World Cup!!!
19 Jul 11
On the first 90 minutes of the game, US scored first and then Japan tied the game. On the extra time, Wamback scored for the US and Sawa tied to Japan. The match went to the penalties decision. The US players missed all the three first penalties (with Boxx, Lloyd e Heath). Only Wamback scored for the US on the penalties. So, the final result was 3-1 for Japan.
19 Jul 11
To my surprise, Japan beated the powerful American they never win before and wined the title. They have been fighting all the time and deserve the champion. I was very impressed with how they stayed calm after the America took the lead two times and struggle to a 2-2 draw . When the game brought to the penalty shootout, I believed that there was much more opporunity for Japan. Congratulations.
• United States
17 Jul 11
I was watching both the Brazil and Japan games at the same time, but I did get a chance sit through and watch the penalty kicks at least. I was amazed. Really thought that the USA had it. But I'm really happy for Japan and was rooting for them the whole time! Unfortunately Brazil lost, so I'm a little sad about that now lol.
19 Jul 11
Women football cannot make any emotions, but I have to say that these Japanese people are extraordinary, in every field of life. They cannot be destroyed by anything, as they showed us after the Fukushima catastrophe, they have one of the best economies, they are polite people and it looks like they are very good sportsmen as well. All I can say is :Respect, Japan!
18 Jul 11
moneywinner, I suppose if the saying "Nothing's impossible" then, I find this befitting for this exciting finals for the women's tournament. So far, Japan has never emerged eventual winners in all their previous 26 encounters with America and it came no surprise that everyone was expecting the Japanese girls to take another heavy beating from their opponents - hot favorite America. Yet, watching how the Japanese actually arrived to play the Americans - just speaks volumes that they are not going to be easy walkovers especially after overcoming No. 2 ranked Germany and No.5 ranked Sweden, I just have to watch this final match. Quite frankly, I was very much bowled over by how they had played and just couldn't help expecting an upset at the back of my mind. The Americans were simply superior in every department over the minnow Japanese and we could see the Americans gaining majority control of the match. I was really impressed with the Japanese custodian - Ayumi Kaihori who had it not been for her agility and great sense of goalkeeping the Japanese would have been behind on many occasions. But, when America scored the first goal through Alex Morgan, I was waiting anxiously to see how the Japanese would react. Admirably, they played as if their opponent's score was nonexistent and just when all seems lost, the Japanese with their undying attitude were rewarded with one of the rarest opportunity presented on the 80th minute who through Aya Miyama brought the game to extra time. To be honest, I was expecting a goalless extra time to bring the game to that mandatory penalty shootout. So, when the Americans led again through their top scorer Abby Wambach for the second time - I was already writing victory for them. I really could not find any optimism for the Japanese to make a second comeback. And to say that I was ecstatic when Japan equalize again through midfielder Homare Sawa, would have to be an understatement of the year for me. If you had watched the match, I am sure you would agree with me that the equalizer was indeed quite impossible. But, who is to say that miracles does not exist. Before the penalty shootout, I was quite surprise to see the Japanese camp's reaction as they prepare for the eventual. They were actually gathering around and smiling which have to be a first for me, in such a epic and tense match. When the shootout commenced I guessed their reason would partly be that the Americans were already in a state of confusion and an upset is inevitable. And true enough, the Americans missed their first three penalty kicks (2 saved and 1 missed) which was the beginning of their world title defeat and with the Japanese scoring against the misses, they just have to deserve the win and the cup. Congratulations, to Japan here.
17 Jul 11
Nope, but my parents saw the game on ESPN and were cheering like crazy. I see that it was a very exciting game - I heard they went nought to nought until about 45 minutes later, when the US scored, and then Japan followed. I don't remember anything much after that, but I know Japan won. Even though the US lost, I think they will still appreciate the game. After such a nail-biting game, I don't think soccer will be ignored for a while in the US.