Frankfurt Stadion - Frankfurt am Main 17/07/2011 - 20:45CET (20:45 local timelocal)

Final

Japan - United States
2-2
Japan win 3-1 on penalties
 

Japan - United States 2-2 - 17/07/2011 - Match page - Women's World Cup 2011

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Japan stun US from the spot to take global title

Published: Sunday 17 July 2011, 22.34CET
Japan 2-2 US (3-1 pens)
Japan won their maiden FIFA Women's World Cup title after downing the United States on penalties at the end of a thrilling final.
Japan stun US from the spot to take global title
Homare Sawa equalised late in extra time for Japan ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Japan
United States

2

Goals scored

2

15

Total attempts

29

5

on target

6

8

off target

15

2

blocked

8

0

against woodwork

0

4

Corners

8

2

Offsides

3

1

Yellow cards

0

1

Red Cards

0

11

Fouls committed

10

9

Fouls suffered

11

Lineups

Japan

Japan

USA

United States

21Kaihori (GK)1Solo (GK)
2Kinga3Rampone (C)
3Iwashimizu
120+1 ET
6LePeilbet
4Kumagai7Boxx
6Sakaguchi9O'Reilly
7Ando
66
10Lloyd
8Miyama
81
97 ET
11Krieger
9Kawasumi12Cheney
46
10Sawa (C)
117 ET
15Rapinoe
114 ET
11Ohno
66
19Buehler
15Sameshima20Wambach
104 ET

Substitutes

1Yamago (GK)21Loyden (GK)
12Fukumoto (GK)18Barnhart (GK)
5Yano2Mitts
13Utsugi4Sauerbrunn
14Kamionobe5O'Hara
16Tanaka8Rodriguez
17Nagasato
66
13Morgan
46
69
18Maruyama
66
119 ET
14Cox
19Takase16Lindsey
20Iwabuchi
119 ET
17Heath
114 ET

Coaches

Norio Sasaki (JPN)
Pia Sundhage (SWE)

Referee

Bibiana Steinhaus (GER)

Press kits

Standings

  
Published: Sunday 17 July 2011, 22.34CET

Japan stun US from the spot to take global title

Japan 2-2 US (3-1 pens)
Japan won their maiden FIFA Women's World Cup title after downing the United States on penalties at the end of a thrilling final.

Japan have become the first Asian winners of the FIFA Women's World Cup by defeating the United States on penalties after twice coming from behind to peg back their opponents.

Unable to beat the two-time competition winners in 25 previous meetings, Japan looked set for further misery in Frankfurt when Alex Morgan scored for the US in the second half. Her goal was cancelled out by Aya Miyama with nine minutes remaining, but Norio Sasaki's charges appeared destined for disappointment again when Abby Wambach struck in the first period of extra time. Team linchpin and tournament top scorer Homare Sawa levelled the scores late on, however, and spot-kick misses from Carli Lloyd, Tobin Heath and Shannon Boxx sealed the US's fate.

Aiming for a record third triumph at this level, Pia Sundhage's side had nonetheless dominated the match throughout and enjoyed the better of the chances. Morgan's low drive and Wambach's powerful header seemed sufficient to make their grip on the game count, yet their opponents never gave up and were able to strike when it mattered, Miyama's close-range effort being eclipsed by a fine finish from five-goal Sawa at the climax of her fifth Women's World Cup.

Japan lost Azusa Iwashimizu to a red card in stoppage time at the end of extra time, and Yuki Nagasato had her spot-kick saved by Hope Solo, but Saki Kumagai buried the decisive penalty to spark joy among the newly crowned world champions.

Last updated: 18/07/11 13.05CET

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