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USA LIFT THE TROPHY
Rampone and Wambach lift the World Cup Trophy. What a World Cup, and in Britain, the hard-work begins to make sure women’s football grows on England’s success.
Golden Ball (Best Player)
Carli Lloyd – did the final sway the vote?
Hope Solo is named best keeper.
Golden & Silver Boot
Carli Lloyd has scored 6 goals, the same as Celia Sasic – but because she played more minutes than the German, it means Lloyd gets the silver boot whilst the German gets the golden boot
Best Young Player
Kadiesha Buchanan – Canada.
FULL-TIME – USA 5-2 Japan
USA ARE WORLD CHAMPIONS. This final equals the men’s highest score from the 1958 World Cup Final when Brazil beat the hosts Sweden 5-2.
Miyama’s long ball goes all the way to Solo, and Ogimi looks for a penalty for a nudge in the back by Sauerbrunn, but the ref tells her to get up
USA try to be clever from a corner, but it doesn’t pay off.
Three minutes for Japan to score three goals. Krieger nearly picks out Wambach but Ariyoshi clears behind
Japan have a corner, Utsugi has a volley blocked, Sugasawa gets a weak volley but USA can counter, but eventually it peters out.
86 mins – USA Sub
The 40 year old Christie Rampone replaces Alex Morgan.
85 mins – Japan Yellow Card
Iwabuchi is booked for a late heavy challenge on Johnston.
USA have a free-kick on the right wing, 30 yards from goal. Holiday’s free-kick comes to nothing
82 mins – Japan Yellow Card
Sawa is booked for bringing down Wambach
Japan have a free-kick on the left. Miyama’s ball is dangerous, but Solo gets the important punch to the ball to stop Sawa getting her head on it. Japan can’t quite get a shot away from the resulting corner, and USA survive.
79 mins – USA Sub
Abby Wambach replaces Tobin Heath.
Miyama’s ball picks out Ogimi, but she heads straight at Solo who makes an easy save
Japan have a corner. Miyama’s ball is punched clear to Sakaguchi who chests the ball, before volleying wide.
Japan get the ball into the box several times, it would fall for Iwabuchi, but it does for Ariyoshi who fires her shot over
Another corner for USA and another chance. Holiday’s corner falls to O’Hara who blasts the shot over.
Miyama’s cross is headed down by Sawa to Ogimi is powerful shot is well saved by Solo, but the referee ruled Sawa had fouled her defender
Kumagai’s pass back is poor, and Lloyd tries to pounce, but Kaihori clears just about before being fouled by Lloyd
USA have a free-kick just inside the Japan half. Japan don’t clear the initial ball, and Heath chips to Morgan in the box. She is given room to turn in the box, but she then shoots wide.
Japan come close from Utsugi’s 20 yard volley which only just goes wide.
61 mins – USA Sub
America make their first sub, with Kelly O’Hara replacing Megan Rapinoe
60 mins – Japan Sub
Japan make their final sub. Mana Iwabuchi replaces Shinobu Ohno
Utsugi tries from long range, but the ball goes over
54 mins – GOAL USA 5-2 Japan (Tobin Heath)
Japan must learn how to defend set pieces. Holiday’s corner is tamely punched by Kaihori, Brian cuts the ball back to Tobin Heath who scores.
52 mins – GOAL USA 4-2 JAPAN (Julie Johnston og)
Japan have a free-kick from 40 yards. Miyama’s ball is diverted by Julie Johnston’s header, and Hope Solo can’t just keep it out. Final on.
Lovely skill from Llloyd in the left, but she air-kicks her shot. She then sets up Morgan Brian on the edge of the box, but her shot is well tipped over by Kaihori. USA waste the corner.
USA have a free-kick on the right, 25 yards from goal. Holiday’s ball in is cleared by Japan.
Nearly another goal, but Krieger’s shot is blocked
Lloyd is down the right, but mishits her cross which only just goes over.
The second half gets underway. Will Japan create the greatest comeback in World Cup Final history, or with USA become the most successful side in Women’s World Cup history – and their first in this millenium
HALF-TIME USA 4-1 Japan
What a first half. Please Japan, score one early on to make it interesting.
Rapinoe’s corner is going to pick out Lloyd but Kaihori claims it brilliantly.
USA want a penalty as Morgan goes down under a challenge from Sakaguchi but looks like she slipped. And then Heath’s cross picks out Lloyd, but her header is blocked behind by Ariyoshi
39 mins – Japan Sub
Another sub, and this one is weird. Yuika Sugasawa replaces Kawasumi who had looked creative.
Japan have a free-kick, 35 yards from goal. Miyama tries to pass to Kawasumi in the box, but Klingenberg is alert to the danger, helped probably by the Japanese captain’s stuttering run
33 mins – Japan Sub
Homare Sawa replaces Azusa Iwashimizu who has had a terrible final so far.
USA have a free-kick as Rapinoe is fouled by Saori Ariyoshi, 30 yards from goal on the left channel. Rapinoe curls the ball too high and for a goal kick.
Nearly a second for Japan. Sameshima’s cross is just kept in by Kawasumi who heads it down to Ohno. She can’t get a shot off, but she sets up Aya Miyama, but her effort is straight at Solo who makes a good save.
27 mins – GOAL USA 4-1 JAPAN (Yuki Ogimi)
Is the comeback on? Nahomi Kawasumi does well on the right, she picks out Ogimi in the box who turns Julie Johnston expertly, before curling the ball past Hope Solo.
24 mins – CLOSE
Nearly 5-0. Alex Morgan on the left, cuts into the box, beats two defenders but her shot at the near post is saved by Kaihori.
USA have a corner. Luckily for Japan, the referee notices a foul
Do Japan understand how to defend? Klingenberg’s cross picks out Lloyd, who somehow misses with her header. Tip for Japan. MARK LLOYD!
16 mins – GOAL USA 4-0 Japan (Carli Lloyd)
For all England fans, this is painful. But David Beckham, eat your heart out. On the half-way line, Lloyd lobs Kaihori who tries to palm the ball off the line, but can’t.
14 mins – GOAL USA 3-0 Japan (Lauren Holiday)
What did I just say? Tobin Heath’s cross is terribly cleared by Iwashimizu which turns to set up Lauren Holiday to blast a volley into the back of the net.
Japan work the ball out to Aya Sameshima on the left, but her cross is too easy for Hope Solo. The USA fans are chanting “they want three.” That looks more likely then Japan scoring at the moment.
Is this final over? USA have looked poor for most of this tournament, but since changing to a 4-4-1-1 formation they have looked dangerous. Japan are going to struggle to find a way back
5 mins – GOAL USA 2-0 Japan (Carli Lloyd)
USA have a free-kick on the right-wing, and Japan think it is a good idea to leave Lloyd unmarked. Lauren Holiday drives the ball to the near post, it is flicked on by Rapinoe and there is Lloyd to tap in.
3 mins – GOAL USA 1-0 Japan (Carli Lloyd)
USA have started strongly. Megan Rapinoe drives a corner towards the penalty spot, and Carli Lloyd makes a long brilliant run to fire the ball into the net. Great start.
The 2015 FIFA World Cup Final is underway
National Anthem Time.
23:52 – USA Team
(4-4-1-1) Hope Solo, Ali Krieger, Julie Johnston, Becky Sauerbrunn, Meghan Klingenberg, Tobin Heath, Morgan Brian, Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan.
23:52 – Japan Team
(4-4-2) Ayumi Kaihori, Saori Ariyoshi, Azusa Iwashimizu, Saki Mumagai, Aya Sameshima, Nahomi Kawasumi, Mizuho Sakaguchi, Rumi Utsugi, Aya Miyama, Shinobu Ohno, Yuki Ogimi.
23:45 – Team News
Both teams name the same starting eleven that won their respective semi-finals.
This is the big one. This is what the past month has been about. Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final. USA vs Japan Part Two. Will it be another terrible sequel, or will it provide a story that makes people forget four years ago? Oh, and Abby Wambach has the possibility of becoming the all-time top scorer in the World Cup. And Hope Solo the most clean sheets.
And if Japan win, they will become only the second team to defend their trophy. Only Germany has done that before