Destiny for Japan, FIFA Women’s World Cup Champions!!!

July 17, 2011

Sports

The 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Finals was set for a match between Japan, who were the sentimental favorites as the country continues to recover from devastation after an earthquake in March, against the U.S., who were the overall favorites to win.  In the first period, the U.S. had at least half-dozen opportunities to knock in the first goal of the match, but as every shot missed and it seemed more and more that fate was against them. In the second half Alex Morgan for the U.S. finally scored on a breakaway goal. Japan’s Aya Miyama would tie the game 1-1, and forced another extra time period. Later, during the extra time period it seemed Abby Wambach would once again be the hero, she showed the world her amazing prowess for headers. This time, staying within the rules of gravity Wambach scored a header that gave the U.S. which at the time seemed like a commanding 2-1 lead.  But, not to be denied Japan, once again put the celebration of Americans back home on hold. Homare Sawa of Japan scored a clutch goal to tie the score 2-2 with just three minutes to go in extra time. Japan would go on to win 3-1 in the penalty shootout. Japan, winning the World Cup Finals, is a great accomplishment for their country as they try to regain hope and rebuild from not only the catastrophic damage of the earthquake, but also the explosion of their nuclear plant. Japan’s consistent resiliency showed the world that they were not content with just making it to the finals. Unfortunately, the U.S. came up short in the finals which has the team now looking towards redemption in the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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