The Women’s football team from Japan won their first ever World Cup after they beat the United States of America in the final held in Frankfurt Germany in a stadium full to it’s 50,000 capacity. I had been following highlights from each match throughout the tournament and must say I am surprised that the Japanese women made it all they way. Looking back at their matches they didn’t have it easy especially against Germany and the final against the US reminds me a lot of the final the Japanese men’s team played against the Australians in the Asia Cup earlier this year.
Fought from behind to force extra time and penalties
Japan’s goal was under seige for most of the match as they went behind twice – first when Alex Morgan scored int he 69th minute before Aya Miyama scored late in the game to force extra time. Abby Wamback restored America’s lead in extra time before another last gasp goal from Homare Sawa forced penalties. Japan then won 3-1 on penalties. Check out the video embedded below that gives an overview of Japan’s journey through the tournament which resulted int hem eventually winning the World Cup!
Kirk is a proud Jamaican who started Jamaipanese.com in February 2006 and now lives in rural Japan. He enjoys sharing his experiences learning about Japan, personal milestones in life as well as interests such as photography, gaming and travelling.