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12th May 2011, 05:19 AM


Group A




Pope Bitterz D'Alomo
12th May 2011, 02:33 PM


Appearances- 6

Much is expected of defending champions Germany. After retaining the world title in 2007 without losing a match, anything less than a third consecutive title would surely feel like failure for the host nation.

Equatorial Guinea

Appearances- 1
Equatorial Guinea might be one of the smallest countries in Africa, however, what is apparent is that football in the oil-producing country is on the ascendancy.


France are expected to shine in their second ever appearance at a FIFA Women's World Cup. Les Bleus could hardly have been more impressive in qualifying, winning 11 of their 12 qualifiers.

Having reigned supreme in the CONCACAF Women's World Cup Qualifying competition, Canada have their sights set on improving on their best FIFA Women's World Cup™ finish of fourth.

Appearances :5
After a breakthrough performance at China 2007 when they reached the quarter-finals Australia will be looking to demonstrate they are here to stay as a force on the world stage.


Appearances- 6
Titles -1
Traditionally one of the strongest nations in the world of international women's football, Norway have won everything there is to win. Can they claim a second world championship in 2011?

Appearance- 6
Runners-up at the last FIFA Women’s World Cup and Women’s Olympic Football Tournament, can Marta and Co go a step further at Germany 2011?

Appearances -6

After many years of showing promise, signs are right that this is the time for Nigeria’s Super Falcons to finally deliver at the FIFA Women's World Cup.

Appearances -2

After booking their place at FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011™ thanks to a remarkable victory over FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Rankings leaders USA, Mexico are looking to take that moment and make waves in the tournament.

Appearances -6
Japan’s star continues to rise in global terms, not that the Nadeshiko have been poor performers in the past.

Appearances -1

Colombia will be making their first appearance at the FIFA Women’s World Cup™, a landmark achievement founded on the recent progress made by the country’s youth teams.


Having qualified for every FIFA Women's World Cup so far, Sweden have never managed to grab the elusive World Cup trophy. Their best performance at the tournament to date is a silver medal in 2003.


After initially struggling to make an impact in tournament football, England Women’s team are developing into one of the major forces in the game.


Highly disciplined and well-drilled Korea DPR have a proud history in women’s football at both senior and youth level.

Pope Bitterz D'Alomo
25th June 2011, 02:00 PM
A successor to Paul the Octopus has been introduced at a Berlin aquarium two days before the FIFA Women's World Cup kicks off.

Paul made headlines around the world after correctly predicting the outcome of eight matches during the 2010 World Cup.

He was such a success that the aquarium's owners decided to introduce a fortune teller to each of their eight German branches.

Paul's successor Ophira has predicted that Germany will defeat Canada in the opening game of the tournament on Sunday.

The octopus which correctly predicts most correct results will win a gold medal.

"Everything is based on octopus Paul," Berlin Sea Life centre manager Sandra Schmalzried said.

"We all remember the men's World Cup. So, we had the idea of finding the octopus champion. We obviously hope that Ophira will get us the gold medal."

Ophira's brother Paul, who is working at the Oberhausen branch where the 'original' Paul was based, was less decisive.

According to witnesses, Paul headed straight for the Canadian flag but then got distracted by camera flashes and changed his mind.

Pope Bitterz D'Alomo
26th June 2011, 04:07 PM
Striker Marie-Laure Delie scored the first goal of the women's World Cup with France beating Nigeria 1-0.n Sunday's other Group A game, host Germany plays Canada at Berlin's Olympic Stadium. With Germany the overwhelming favorite to advance, the 56th minute strike from Delie gave France the best possible start to join them.
More than 25,000 boisterous fans watched the match at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena, giving the three-week tournament the spectacular kickoff it wanted.

Pope Bitterz D'Alomo
27th June 2011, 09:39 PM
Japan's Aya Miyama struck a sublime free-kick to net her nation a 2-1 Group B win over New Zealand at the women's FIFA World Cup on Monday.

Miyama broke the deadlock in the 68th minute in Bochum, Germany, after the two countries went to the break level after respective goals in the opening quarter-hour.

Yuki Nagasato put the Japanese unit ahead on six minutes, when she got on the end of a perfectly timed through-ball from Shinobu Ohno to lob New Zealand goalkeeper Jenny Bindon for the opener.

However, the New Zealanders were level after just 12 minutes, when Amber Hearn got on the end of Ria Percival's cross to score.

Miyama was the difference in the second half, as her curling strike from the dead ball curled over the defensive wall and past a diving Bindon to secure the Japanese outfit all three points.

In the remaining Group B encounter, Mexico came from behind to salvage a point in a 1-1 draw with England in Wolfsburg.

Fara Williams put the English side ahead with a header on 21 minutes, but Monica Ocampo equalised for the Mexicans 12 minutes later with a scorcher from long range into the top-right corner of England 'keeper Karen Bardsley's net.

Next up in Group B, Japan take on Mexico in Leverkusen, and New Zealand will do battle with England - both games kicking off on Friday.

Pope Bitterz D'Alomo
28th June 2011, 03:36 PM

Germany make winning start

Germany began their Women's World Cup title defence with a strong 2-1 win over Canada in Group A on Sunday.

The world champions, who are hosting the tournament, dominated most of the encounter having 24 shots on goal to just six, but were forced into a nervous last eight minutes after Canada pulled a goal back at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin.

It only took the Germans 10 minutes to open the scoring after a poor piece of goalkeeping.

Defender Babett Peter put in a cross from the left and forward Kerstin Garefrekes headed home after Canada shot-stopper Erin McLeod was caught out after coming to collect and then changing her mind.

The hosts went 2-0 up three minutes before the interval through Celia Okoyino da Mbabi.

The 22-year-old was played onside after a long pass from Garefrekes and she stroked the ball home under the advancing McLeod.

Second-half substitute Alexandra Popp went close to sealing the points on 65 minutes but her left-footed effort struck the crossbar.

Popp turned provider a minute later and Garefrekes should have ended the contest, only to side-foot her effort over the bar from six yards with an empty net to place into.

And Canada would force them into a nervous final few moments when captain Christine Sinclair produced an early contender for goal of the tournament.

Canada won a free kick just outside the box and Sinclair stepped up to curl home a stunning free-kick into the top right-hand corner.

But they could not find an equaliser as Germany held on for a deserved three points.

In the earlier game, France produced a dominant display on the way to a 1-0 win over Nigeria.

Marie-Laure Delie struck the match-winner in the 56th minute, sweeping home from close range after a cut back from Eugenie Le Sommer was deflected into her path by Louisa Necib.

Nigeria are winless in their last eight games at the tournament, while France won for the first time since the 2003 edition in the United States of America

Pope Bitterz D'Alomo
28th June 2011, 04:16 PM
Equatorial Guinea striker Jade Boho has been suspended by FIFA from the Women's World Cup over eligibility issues.Boho reportedly has played for Spain within the last five years.
She has been provisionally suspended from all soccer for two months by the African Confederation of Football.
Equatorial Guinea will play their first game at the world cup against Norway on the 29th of June.They are drawn against Brazil,Australia and Norway in Group D


Pope Bitterz D'Alomo
29th June 2011, 01:33 PM
North Korea's coach blamed his side's 2-0 loss to the United States on his players getting struck by lightning in the build up to the Women's World Cup.

Kwang Min Kim claimed that some of them were hospitalised with electrocution after a training match on 8 June.

Tournament favourites United States recovered from a slow start to to take maximum points in their Group C opener.

In Tuesday's other Group C match, Jessica Landstrom's 57th-minute goal earned Sweden a 1-0 win over Colombia.

Before the match, Colombia's reserve keeper Yineth Varon was suspended after failing a drugs test taken on Saturday.

North Korea - the youngest team in the tournament by average age - started well in Dresden, but were eventually overwhelmed when Lauren Cheney completed a swift move with a well-timed header before Rachel Buehler converted with 14 minutes remaining.

"When we stayed in Pyongyang during training our players were hit by lightning, and more than five of them were hospitalised," said coach Kim, without naming the affected players specifically.

"Some stayed in hospital and then came to Germany later than the rest of us. The goalkeeper and the four defenders were most affected, and some midfielders as well. The physicians said the players were not capable of participating in the tournament.

"But World Cup football is the most important and significant event for a footballer, so they don't want to think about anything but football.

"The fact that they played could be called abnormal, the result of very strong will."

Sweden - another of the tournament favourites alongside the US - struggled in the 32C heat in Leverkusen, but Landstrom ensured maximum points when she tapped in Lotta Schelin's pass.

Pope Bitterz D'Alomo
29th June 2011, 01:39 PM

The chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has provisionally suspended the Colombian player Yineth Varon in view of the adverse analytical finding of her “A” sample after an out-of-competition doping control conducted in Leverkusen on 25 June 2011 in application of arts 34 and 35 of the FIFA Anti-Doping Regulations.

This suspension covers all types of matches at domestic and international level, including friendlies. The player has the right to ask for her “B” sample to be analysed.

Vee Blue
29th June 2011, 07:19 PM
Great job FIFA! I hope they association will deal with such issues all the time. players, do not try to play smart....because WE are smarter.

Pope Bitterz D'Alomo
30th June 2011, 12:21 AM
The last four teams yet to make an appearance at this FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011™ entered the fray today in Monchengladbach and Augsburg. The latter city, the most southern of the nine selected to host matches during the tournament, was originally a Roman military base, and most fans expected a siege of the Equatorial Guinea goal in their match with Norway.

It did not turn out that way; under a burning sun, the unfancied CAF representatives made their supposedly superior opponents sweat with an impressive all-round performance. There was a Brazilian-style swagger to their play, which showcased a spectacular and entertaining array of skills, including step-overs, long-range lobs, shots from all sides and even bicycle kicks.

What was lacking in the final analysis was a result, as European experience finally overcame African exuberance, even if the scorer of the Norwegian goal, Emilie Haavi, is just 19 years of age. Two days after she turned three, Norway were crowned world champions, back on 18 June 1995. Could this again be the Scandinavians’ year?

The day’s second match pitted 2007 finalists Brazil against a constantly improving Australia side. The encounter promised action in the penalty area – in eight meetings between the two nations, there had never been a scoreless draw, and in Australia’s 13 previous FIFA Women’s World Cup matches, the Matildas had never managed to avoid conceding a goal.

In the arena that hosts Bundesliga giants Borussia Monchengladbach, the team whose attacking style of play thrilled Europe during the 1970s, the game did not produce the goalfest many had expected. The match was of a very high standard, however, with both defences putting in fine performances. A goal worthy of some of the great Brazilian men’s teams of the past was all that separated the teams in the end, maintaining the aforementioned statistical record in the process.

Norway 1-0 Equatorial Guinea
Brazil 1-0 Australia

Goal of the day
Brazil-Australia, 54’, Rosana
If all of As Canarinhas’ goals display this combination of flair and killer instinct, their matches are going to be worth watching. On the edge of the box, Cristiane deftly flicked the ball over the head of her opposite number and headed it on towards team-mate Rosana. The Brazil No6, under pressure from the back-tracking Tameka Butt, controlled it with her right foot, before smashing an unstoppable half-volley into the Australian net with her left.

Memorable moments
Sisterly support
The Norway-Equatorial Guinea match unfolded in a surprising fashion, and there was an equally remarkable image in the stands to match it. Three nuns wearing Germany scarves were spotted enthusiastically joining in the Mexican waves that flowed through the crowd in Augsburg. Whether or not they called on some divine inspiration for the Norwegians as the game wore on is yet to be confirmed.

Orchestrating the match
It has become a routine as predictable as it is enjoyable to watch: Brazil’s pre-match musical warm-up. As radio-generated samba music accompanied the players’ march through the corridors of the Stadion im Borussia-Park towards the dressing rooms, Marta played the triangle, Cristiane showed off her singing voice, and Aline filmed it all on her video camera. The Guineans, meanwhile, may not be quite as ready to form a band just yet, but they were still able to finish off their own warm-up with a song initiated by midfielder Christelle.

The future is bright
If the matches played on 29 June proved anything, it is that experience is not the be-all and end-all in women’s football. Nineteen-year-old Haavi scored a late winning goal for Norway against Equatorial Guinea, while five-time FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year Marta was kept surprisingly quiet by precocious Australian defender Caitlin Foord, who at 16 years and 218 days is the competition’s third youngest player.

The stat
24 – The number of minutes that the unfortunate Lene Mykjaland spent on the pitch for Norway today. The midfielder came on as a half-time substitute in the match with Equatorial Guinea, but was forced to return to the changing rooms less than half-an-hour later, having taken a knock to the thigh. In doing so, she became the second fastest ‘substituted substitute’ in the history of the tournament, behind category leader Eriko Arakawa, the Japanese forward who lasted just 17 minutes in her country’s third group game in 2007.

The quote
"We wanted to take the game to Brazil, to attack them and show that we can compete with the best sides in the world. Tactically and technically Brazil are one of those teams, so in that respect I’m happy." Australia coach Tom Sermanni

Next up
Thursday 30 June 2011
Canada-France, 18.00 CET, Bochum
Germany-Nigeria, 20.45 CET, Frankfurt

Pope Bitterz D'Alomo
1st July 2011, 04:58 PM
Nigeria beaten 1-0 By Germany

Despite her side exiting the women's World Cup after suffering their second defeat, Nigeria coach Eucharia Uche insists her Super Eagles can one day rule the world on football's global stage.
Having lost their opening game to France, Nigeria were beaten 1-0 on Thursday by Germany, who will join France in the quarter-finals from Group A, but the hosts and defending champions spluttered to victory.
Midfielder Simone Laudehr scored the crucial second-half goal and Germany will now take on the French in both teams' final group game in Moenchengladbach next Tuesday to decide who will finish top of the group.
Nigeria will head home after their final match against Canada in Dresden the same day as both teams have two defeats, but Uche says her side will leave with their heads high.
"I am convinced that with a little input we can rule the world," said Uche, who has sparked controversy with her anti-homosexual comments.
"We have come here and learned a lot. We are no longer in contention, but we are still playing for prestige and pride and we will go home and perfect our act for the next tournament.
"This time around, the tactical and technical improvements are there, the players are more determined and no longer see the European players as invincible.
"Don't forget this is the same team which came here last November and conceded eight goals.
"So I think we are getting close, the story has remained the same over the years, but I am convinced we are very close this time around."
In a bruising encounter, Nigeria made life hard for the Germans and coach Silvia Neid was annoyed by Korean referee Cha Sung-Mi's leniency as the Africans went unpunished despite several rough tackles.
"It was a very tough game, I have never experienced anything like this and I don't know why the referee didn't intervene more," said Neid.
"Whenever we seemed to put together some play, we seem to have been stopped by a foul.
"I talked to the fourth official about it, but she wouldn't listen to me."
The German players seemed to be carrying the expectations of the football-mad nation on their shoulders and Neid says she wants to try and take some of the pressure off them in training.
"We have been training to deal with this pressure for weeks and in my training sessions, I will focus on content to allow them to finish and try to loosen them up," she said.
"I will have lots of conversations with the players and hopefully against France we will be better."
Copyright © 2011 AFP.

Pope Bitterz D'Alomo
6th July 2011, 03:56 PM
Nigeria Beats Canada

A late winner from Perpetua Nkwocha has seen Nigeria defeat Canada 1-0 in an action-packed encounter and claim their FIFA Women’s World Cup™ win since 1999.

Canada coach Carolina Morace rang the changes for the match with goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc coming in for Erin McLeod, while Marie-Eve Nault and Melissa Tancredi started ahead of Brittany Timko and Christina Julien.

The north Americans started well creating several openings most notably with Jonelle Filigno bursting into the penalty area, but she was unable to overcome goalkeeper Precious Dede who claimed the ball.

The match then kicked into gear and approaching the 20-minute mark, there was a great chance for Nigeria with Ebere Orji sending a powerful effort on goal, which LeBlanc blocked but Rita Chikwelu was unable to convert the follow up.

However a few minutes later it was Canada in attack and a ball from deep was headed onto the left post by Melissa Tancredi.

Within minutes it was the turn of Nigeria’s Ebere Orji to hit the post, this time with a close-range effort.

The woodwork yet again ensured the match remained scoreless at the interval. This time Stella Mbachu passed from the right into the middle but Perpetua Nkwocha was unable to grasp the opportunity.

The early stages of the second half saw Canada striker Christine Sinclair, again wearing a face mark following the broken nose she suffered in the tournament opener against Germany, hit a shot from inside the penalty area but Helen Ukaounu blocked the ball.

With just under 20 minutes to go, the lights at the stadium in Dresden went out necessitating a delay of around ten minutes.

The delay perhaps suited Nigeria as Nkwocha scored what proved to be the winner in the 84th minute as the Nigerian attacker somewhat fortuitously collected a deflected shot from Glory Iroka to convert.

There was still time for Sinclair to be denied by the outstretched leg of Dede but it was to be Nigeria’s night and they held on throughout a lengthy period of stoppage time.

Player of the match: Stella Mbachu (Nigeria)

Pope Bitterz D'Alomo
7th July 2011, 02:49 PM
Brazil Beats E.Guinea

Equatorial Guinea were beaten 3-0 by Brazil in their final game at the Women's World Cup in Germany.

The runners-up from the African Women's Championship went into the game knowing they had already been eliminated.

It was 0-0 at half-time but goals from Erika and Christiane just after the break put Brazil in front and a late penalty completed their win.

In the other game in the group Australia beat Norway 2-1 to secure a place in the knock-out stages.

Despite the result it was another strong performance from Equatorial Guinea, who have won many friends during their campaign.

The first half was an even affair with Brazil's five-time World Player of the Year, Marta, ably marshalled by the Africans' defence.

Equatorial Guinea captain Anonman was again their stand-out player - but she was not able to take the chances she created for herself.

After the break, the South Americans found another gear and a magnificent strike from Erika put them in front.

She controlled the ball in the box with her chest, flicked it up with her right foot and buried a volley with her left, to give Brazil the lead.

The second came shortly after that, when Christiane took advantage of loose defending to turn the ball in from close range.

She converted a late penalty to make it 3-0, a scoreline Equatorial Guinea did not deserve.

They go home without having registered a point, but the manner with which they took on their task means they will be remembered for their contribution to the tournament. In other matches played Norway lost 2-1 to Australia and Sweden beat USA 2-1.

Pope Bitterz D'Alomo
10th July 2011, 12:28 PM
Hosts and defending champions Germany are out of the FIFA Women's World Cup after a 1-0 extra-time defeat to Japan in the quarter-finals.

Following a goalless 90 minutes at Wolfsburg's Volkswagen Arena, Karina Maruyama struck in the 108th minute to send Japan through to the last four.

World Cup winners in 2007 and 2003, Germany enjoyed numerous chances to take the lead in Saturday's match.

The first fell to midfielder Kim Kulig, who sent a header wide with four minutes played.

She was injured in the process and forced out of the match, in perhaps the first sign that the favourites would not have everything their own way.

Striker Yuki Nagasato spurned Japan's best chance of the opening 45 minutes, shooting wide after a neat passing exchange.

Kerstin Garefrekes was culpable of two bad misses for the hosts, as the Frankfurt forward failed to convert a forward Melanie Behringer free-kick before later losing control of the ball when through on goal.

Germany began to dictate terms in the second half, but were still unable to force the breakthrough.

Inka Grings was supplied by Garefrekes but headed over, winger Behringer went close on several occasions from set pieces and Simone Laudehr saw a header cleared off the line.

With their own goal under siege, Japan were restricted to just two clear-cut opportunities. Aya Miyama fired over just after the hour mark and striker Kozue Ando failed to convert a cross from close range.

Germany should have won it through Babett Peter late on, but the Turbine Potsdam defender became the latest player to miss when her header failed to find its mark.

And Japan punished that profligacy in extra-time, when forward Maruyama received a measured pass from Homare Sawa before dispatching a clinical finish across goalkeeper Nadine Angerer and into the Germany goal.

In the other quarter-final on Saturday, France defeated England 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw in Leverkusen.

England led from the 59th minute through Jill Scott's strike, but France levelled with just two minutes remaining courtesy of a dynamic Elise Bussaglia goal from outside the area.

Neither side could find a winner in extra-time, forcing a shootout.

Camille Abily and Claire Rafferty both missed for France and England respectively, but it was the latter's captain Faye White who had the misfortune of hitting the bar with the last kick of the shootout, sending France through.

Pope Bitterz D'Alomo
13th July 2011, 10:43 PM
The United States will play Japan in the Fifa Women's World Cup final on Sunday 17 July.

USA scored twice in the last 11 minutes to overcome France 3-1 in the first semi-final.

The favourites, bidding for an unprecedented third World Cup title after their wins in 1991 and 1999, were pushed all the way by Les Bleus.

Japan beat Sweden 3-1 thanks to a double from Nahomi Kawasumi, including a spectacular 35-metre lob.

Josefine Oqvist gave Sweden the lead after pouncing on Sawa's poor back-pass before Kawasumi equalised nine minutes later.

Sawa added the second with a close-range header before Kawasumi completed the comeback with a brilliant lob.

Earlier in the day, Laura Cheney tapped the US into a half-time lead, but Sonia Bompastor curled France deservedly level.

However, Abby Wambach's header and Alex Morgan's lob sealed the US victory.

France coach Bruno Bini, meanwhile, was left to lamented his side's missed chances, saying: "We had a lot of chances and played a very good game except the first 10 minutes.

"We were as good as we could have been. It was very physical and we stood up to this. But they have a lot of experience. They know how to play at this level and that told today. I thought we could get back to 2-2 but at 3-1 it's over."

Pope Bitterz D'Alomo
17th July 2011, 05:57 PM
FIFA Women´s World Cup 3rd place match: Sweden 2 France 1

Substitute Marie Hammarstrom scored late to lift Sweden to a 2-1 win over France in the FIFA Women's World Cup third-place game on Saturday.

Hammarstrom picked out the top corner of the net with an unstoppable left-footed strike in the 82nd minute, clinching bronze for Sweden at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena in Sinsheim.

Lotta Schelin had earlier put Sweden ahead on the half hour before substitute Elodie Thomis pulled one back for France 11 minutes into the second half.

The win was all the more remarkable given the victors went down to 10 players in the 68th minute, following the dismissal of Josefine Oqvist.

The striker saw a straight red for confronting France midfielder Sonia Bompastor on the touchline after a rough piece of play between the pair.

The send-off undeniably handed the advantage to France, who were level on the scoresheet following Thomis' equaliser.

She had been on hand to collect a clever give from Gaetane Thiney after the striker drew Sweden goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl out of position.

The substitute tucked the ball between Lindahl and the right post to even the ledger.

Schelin, a team-mate of Thomis' at Lyon, had earlier given Sweden the advantage with a deft finish underneath the onrushing Berangere Sapowicz in the 32nd minute.

Sapowicz had to be substituted shortly afterwards with an injured ankle, with Celine Deville coming off the bench to wear the goalkeeper gloves.

Japan take on the United States in the gold medal game in Frankfurt on Sunday.

Pope Bitterz D'Alomo
17th July 2011, 11:23 PM

Japan are FIFA Women’s World Cup™ champions for the first time after a penalty shootout victory over USA, following a drama-charged 2-2 draw in Frankfurt.

Defender Saki Kumagai had the honour of hitting home the decisive spot-kick as Japan triumphed 3-1 in the shootout. USA were twice pegged back but it took Homare Sawa to equalise three minutes from the end of extra time to force penalties.

USA created numerous goalscoring opportunities throughout the match but Aya Miyama’s goal nine minutes from the end of the 90 minutes forced extra time, after Alex Morgan had given the Stars and Stripes the lead on 69 minutes. Abby Wambach seemed set to have scored the winner on 104 minutes until Sawa’s late intervention.

The tone was set for a strong USA performance with the two-time world champions showing their intent from the opening whistle. Lauren Cheney forced a save from Ayumi Kaihori with a shot from a highly acute angle, after the forward had outmuscled Azusa Iwashimizu just 25 second into the contest.

On eight minutes, Megan Rapinoe found some space on the left and her excellent near post ball was turned just wide by Cheney. Barely a minute later, Wambach fired a shot over as USA maintained their bright start.

Carli Lloyd could then easily have opened the scoring when Japan were unable to deal with Wambach’s presence under a high early cross into the penalty area. The ball fell kindly for the midfielder but she blazed narrowly over the crossbar from 15 metres.

Rapinoe then pushed the ball wide at the near post in a move reminiscent of Cheney’s effort a few minutes earlier.

Unlike recent matches, Japan were struggling to maintain any possession in midfield. USA kept up their attacking raids as the lively Rapinoe burst into the area on the left and blazed a shot against the outside of Kaihori’s post.

The match started to settle by the midway point of the opening half, and Japan finally had their first shot of note on 22 minutes, but Shinobu Ohno’s strike was wayward.

The moment of the first half came on 29 minutes as Wambach, USA’s all-time top FIFA Women’s World Cup goalscorer, hit a stunning shot from close to the corner of the penalty area which rattled the underside of the crossbar and away to safety, with Kaihori well beaten.

Japan finally displayed some of their semi-final form just past the half-hour mark as Ohno threaded a pass behind the defence, but Kozue Ando was unable to get power on her effort from a good shooting position.

Cheney then pushed a looping header onto the roof of the net after a long ball deceived a static Japan backline.

USA commenced the second half in much the same way they did the first. Just four minutes after the interval, Heather O’Reilly crossed from the right and Morgan, who came on for Cheney during the break, pushed her near post effort against the post.

O’Reilly then blasted a shot against the side-netting from distance, while Wambach skied a good opportunity after being set free by a delightful Rapinoe ball.

Just past the hour mark, Sawa, enjoying a rare moment of time on the ball in the attacking third, threaded a smart pass for Yukari Kinga but the defender’s shot was well wide.

Minutes later Wambach’s smart header forced an excellent save from Kaihori as USA pushed ever closer to an opener.

Finally USA secured reward for their dominance with the opening goal on 69 minutes as Morgan broke the deadlock with her second of the tournament. A quick counter attack saw Rapinoe play an excellent ball through for Morgan to use her strength to hold off a defender, before hitting a perfect finish past Kaihori.

The 22-year-old Morgan again proved herself as a player for the big occasion, having hit the winner for USA against Korea DPR in the final of the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

Japan equalised somewhat against the run of play 12 minutes later as a cross from the right caused chaos in the USA defence, with Miyama taking full advantage to push the ball past Hope Solo from close range.

The match was end-to-end in the remaining minutes with Kinga and O’Reilly both firing good efforts in on goal without being able to break the deadlock. So for the fourth time in six FIFA Women’s World Cup Finals, 90 minutes proved not enough to find a winner.

The match continued in an open fashion and at a high tempo following the recommencement. Morgan carved out the first opening of extra time only to shoot askew after getting the better of two defenders.

USA again took the lead one minute prior to the end of the opening period of extra time. Wambach powered home a bullet header from close range following Morgan’s precise cross. It was Wambach’s fourth of the tournament, all from headers.

With five minutes remaining, Kinga pushed the ball past the onrushing Solo with only a clearance from retreating captain Christie Rampone denying an equaliser.

However, from the ensuing corner, Sawa equalised by diverting Miyama’s corner with just three minutes remaining. The goal not only ensured the match would be decided by penalties but lifted Sawa into the outright lead as top goalscorer, with five goals. Iwashimizu was then sent off for a professional foul as time ran out.

Shannon Boxx, Carli Lloyd and Tobin Heath failed to convert USA's opening three penalties, and while Yuki Nagasato had her effort saved, Japan were not to be denied as Asia claimed the title for the first time.