Video: Japan Wins Women’s World Cup On Penalty Kicks
Twice the United States scored relatively late in the action against Japan in the Women's World Cup final, after long scoreless stretches. Twice Japan answered. And when it came down to penalty kicks, everything went awry at the worst possible time. The U.S. scored just once (Abby Wambach, of course) on penalty shots, and Japan pulled out a remarkable win to bring home the Cup.
The U.S. appeared at times to be a team of destiny during the tournament (i.e. the remarkable late comeback against Brazil), but if there really is such a thing as a team of destiny, Japan - playing, and winning, after the terrible earthquakes that struck the nation earlier this year, fits as well as any.
But here's the thing: there isn't any such thing as a team of destiny. The team that either plays better or makes the bigger plays at bigger moments wins. Today, Japan did that, and they did it despite constantly staring defeat in the face. A phenomenal effort, and that's why they're the champions. Video of the end of the match below.
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