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FIFA: Exciting contest to conclude Women’s World Cup

Posted in International Football by peterbein on July 14, 2011

FIFA Women's World Cup logoThe final of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be contested by two-time former winners United States and Japan who will be appearing in their first ever final against the odds.

Not many people tipped Japan before the tournament to go so far but they have upset the apple cart especially after knocking out tournament hosts and defending champions Germany in the quarter-finals. Last night’s encounter against a Swedish team, who had won all of their previous games in the competition, is another case in point especially as the Japanese had to come from behind to win this semi-final fixture. Sweden took the lead after just ten minutes thanks to Josefine Öqvist but the Asians restored parity just nine minutes later through Nahomi Kawasumi. With the game remaining at that score at the break the first goal in the second half would be crucial and it was Homare Sawa who got it on the hour mark to send the impressive 45,000 crowd in Frankfurt’s Waldstadion wild. Kawasumi finished things off in the 64th minute when scoring her second of the game to seal a fantastic result for Japan who really must feel that destiny is on their side after some of the games they’ve been involved in over the last couple of weeks. Maybe the fact that the tournament final will be played in Frankfurt on Sunday could prove to be a lucky omen for Japan.

The United States, however, are looking more impressive as the tournament goes on. Following the dramatic events in last Sunday’s quarter-finals against Brazil, in which the USA equalized in the last minute of extra-time and won the subsequent penalty shoot-out, the Americans saw off the challenge of a France side that had been involved in a similarly tough quarter-final match against England in which Les Bleues defeated the Three Lionesses on penalties. Lauren Cheney gave the USA the lead after nine minutes, a lead which the Americans held at half-time. Ten minutes after the break, however, Sonia Bompastor equalized for the French and the game would be finally poised until the last ten minutes when Abby Wambach, who has really shone when it has mattered most, and sub Alex Morgan sealed the deal to give the Americans a 3-1 victory.

Saturday will see the third/fourth place play-off between defeated semi-finalists France and Sweden in the Rhein-Neckar Stadion in the town of Sinsheim (17:30 local time) with the tournament coming to a close on Sunday (20:45 local time) in Frankfurt. Can the Americans become record champions and win a third title or have Japan got enough left in the tank to seal a surprise maiden victory? It should prove to be a fascinating climax.

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  1. Fresno Dentist said, on July 14, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Great game. Can’t wait for the next game.

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