Yesterday’s FIFA Women’s World Cup Final was a close match-up between the USA and Japan. The first goal was scored by USA’s youngest player, 22-year old Alex Morgan. That goal was a relief for US fans, after a 0-0 score at halftime and several missed shots that hit the bar. That relief was short-lived, however, as Japan’s Aya Miyama’s goal tied up the game with about 10 minutes left. The game went into extra time, where Abby Wambach put the USA back in the lead with a header. In the final 15 minutes, Japan managed to tie it up at 2-2 and the match went to penalty kicks. Japan finally defeated the US with penalty kicks, taking home the nation’s first ever FIFA World Cup title win.
The game broke records on Twitter: Twitter announced that interest in the game led to a new high in tweets per second. The previous record of 6,939 tweets per second on New Year’s Day in Japan increased to 7,196 tweets per second during the Women’s World Cup.
Prior to every World Cup game, the Japanese team came onto the field holding a banner that read, “To our friends around the world – Thank you for your support.” The devastation of the earthquake and tsunami that rocked the country put all eyes on Japan. Many players said before the game that they drew inspiration to perform their best from those who lost their lives.
Congratulations to Japan, and good job team USA!