FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Japan has won the Women’s World Cup over the U.S. with a penalty kick. The final score is 3-2.
The game went headed to penalty kicks, following regulation play after Homare Sawa’s goal in the 117th minute.
The Americans had taken the lead in the 104th minute from a header by Abby Wambach. Alex Morgan, who scored the first American goal, came up with a blocked cross and sent it to Wambach, who was camped in front of the goal on the 6-yard line. Standing a head taller — and then some — from defenders on either side of her, she needed only to nod the ball into the net.
But Sawa flicked in a corner — earned after 36-year-old captain Christie Rampone raced to clear Yukari Kinga’s chip over Hope Solo off the line.
The Americans beat China on penalty kicks to win the 1999 title.
More to Come.