Japan won the Women’s World Cup 2011
July 17, 2011 by staff
Japan won the Women’s World Cup 2011, Japan has won the Women’s World Cup, stunning the United States 3-1 in a penalty shootout Sunday night after coming back twice in a 2-2 draw. Shannon Boxx, Carli Lloyd and Tobin Heath could not convert all the Americans, who missed dozens of opportunities throughout the game and blew a six minutes to win their third World Cup title.
“This is obviously going to hurt for a while,” said Abby Wambach, whose only hole in her brilliant career is the World Cup title.
Japan had beaten the Americans in their first 25 games, including a pair of 2-0 losses up games a month before the World Cup. However, the Nadeshiko played inspired throughout the tournament, hoping that her success could provide moral support to her nation, still reeling from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
After being presented with the gold trophy, players from Japan jumped up and down on the podium, then gathered behind a banner reading “Champions. World Champions.”
“Not one of the players gave up,” said coach Norio Sasaki, who inspired her players before the quarterfinals, showing images of the devastation. “The penalties are always a possibility of 50-50 percent.”
It has been 12 years since the United States has won the World Cup and this team was convinced it was the break the drought. She had needed to beat Italy in a two-game playoff just to enter the World Cup, then lost two games in a span of three months, an unusual “slump” of the U.S.
After easy wins in their first two matches in Germany, the Americans lost to Sweden – their first defeat in the game ever World Cup group.
But he rebounded with one of the most exciting final ever in a game of the World Cup – men or women – against Brazil in the quarterfinals. A player for almost an hour and the point of making its first output is always a great tournament, great Abby Wambach, the head of jumping in the 122nd minute tied the game.
The Americans beat Brazil on penalties and, as a nation has engaged.
Hollywood celebrities, professional athletes, even people who do not know of a Chilean Schwinn women were captivated by the U.S. and delighted with her spunk and power-an attitude that is unique – with pride – United States. Even President Barack Obama was a fan, having Twitter himself Sunday morning to wish the team well.
“Sorry I can not be there to watch play, but I’ll be encouraging that here we -.. BO.”
The White House later released a photo of Obama and his family watching the game.
However, the Americans lost the game as much as Japan, who won.
“Obviously it was not intended to be,” said Wambach.
They had taken the lead in the 104th minute with a header from Wambach. Alex Morgan, who scored the goal of America first came up with a cross blocked and sent it to Wambach, who was camped outside the goal line from 6 yards. Standing a head taller – and more – from proponents of both sides of it, just had to nod the ball into the net.
However, Sawa Homare thrown into a corner in the 117th minute – won after 36-year-old captain Christie Rampone ran for Yukari Kinga chip erase Hope Solo on the line. It was the fifth goal of the tournament for Sawa, playing in her fifth World Cup.
Japan had scored late in regulation to force overtime.
“We ran and ran,” said Sawa. “We were exhausted, but kept running.”
Americans gave a last chance, when Morgan was shot down by Azusa Iwashimizu just outside the area in 121 minutes. Lloyd, Heather O’Reilly Boxx and crouched behind the ball before O’Reilly turned to Lloyd. But Lloyd was shot well wide, and Heath could not make something happen with the rebound.
After beating Brazil on penalties in the quarterfinals, the Americans simply do not have the same touch on Sunday.
“No, you can not,” said USA coach Pia Sundhage when asked to explain. “Sometimes in, sometimes out.”
Boxx was first, and her shot hit the right leg is Kaihori Ayumi. After Aya Miyama endorsed, wrong-foot Solo, Lloyd stepped up and sent her shot over the crossbar. As the crowd gasped, covered her mouth Lloyd in dismay. Only in Japan next shot saved, but made an impressive save Kaihori two hands in the shot of Heath.
Just came up with a saved game, and she buried Wambach. However, Japan needs to make a more, not Saki Kumagai.
“It’s hard to do two rounds of sanctions,” said Wambach. “The goalkeeper knows that a lot of ways we’re going. He made some great saves.”
I should never have come this far. The Americans ended the first half with a 12-5 advantage, but had fired one shot on target. Lauren Cheney came up short three times, Wambach hit the crossbar and Megan Rapinoe a beaten at the near post.
The Americans finally broke through in the second half, with Morgan scoring her second goal of the tournament to 69. Rapinoe started a pass that traveled nearly half the length of the field and Morgan, who replaced the injured Lauren Cheney at halftime, beat three defenders to catch up to it. She shook Kumagai, touched the ball once with your right foot, stutter step and then made a left-footed blast from 17 meters to Kaihori had no chance to stop.
Americans rushed to Morgan for a bear hug of the group while chants of “USA! USA!” echoed through the stadium.
However, with just nine minutes or so before they could claim the title, the Americans equipped with Japan a goal. Rachel Buehler tied to clear the ball just in front of goal and fell to Ali Krieger, who thwarted her approval, too. The ball fell to Miyama, who put him in the five yards to tie the game.
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