Japan has won the Women’s Soccer World Cup for the first time, after stunning the heavily favored United States 3-1 in a penalty shootout after coming from behind twice in a 2-2 tie.
After the tsunami disaster in March, Japanese people were in a need of good news story which their Women’s Soccer Team delivered them.
The United States was chasing a third World Cup title and dominated for long periods but wasted their many chances, especially in the first half.
The Match was level with 2-2 in the extra time, which then went on penalty shootouts. Both the teams played very well and people got to see a good game.
In penalty shootouts Shannon Boxx, Carli Lloyd and Tobin Heath all failed to convert for the Americans, which lead them to defeat. They squandered dozens of chances throughout the game and blew a lead just six minutes from winning their third World Cup title.
Japan had not beaten the Americans in their first 25 meetings, including a pair of 2-0 losses in warm-up games a month before the World Cup. But the Nadeshiko played inspired throughout the tournament, hoping their success could provide an emotional lift to their nation, still reeling from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
After being presented with the gold trophy, the players jumped up and down on the podium, then gathered behind a sign reading
“Champions. World Champions.”
You can watch the full highlights of the match below.