Sunday, July 17, 2011

FIFA Women's World Cup 2011: Japan - USA --2-2 aet (1:1, 0:0) 3:1 PSO


Here is my premature posting (after regulation time): 

FIFA Women's World Cup 2011: Japan 1 - USA 1--おめでとう!Congratulations! グッドゲーム! Good Game!

The FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 just finished in Germany. In some ways a tie is fitting, as the USA team has worked so hard to win after their victories in 1991, and 1999; yet, the Japanese team has  triumphed over the national melancholy of the tsunami earlier this year.

However, the question remains...if winning a tie for a men's team is "like kissing your sister", is winning a tie for a women's team "like kissing your brother"?

I wouldn't know, as I have never had a competition end in a tie--the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, yes; but a platonic tie no.

Your comments, thoughts, impressions, EXPERIENCES?

To the women on both teams:

Congratulations!

おめでとう!

Good Game!

グッドゲーム!

Here is the actual final result (after extra time and penalty shoot out):

Japan-USA 2-2 aet (1:1, 0:0) 3:1 PSO

I shouldn't be allowed to follow a football match without an expert present. :(


Congratulations Japan!

Don't let the tsunami get you down!

Good Game USA!

See you in Canada in 2015!

Now, your comments, thoughts, impressions, EXPERIENCES?


Addendum:

The Big Picture at Boston.com yesterday (July 18) posted a series of pictures from the Women's World Cup held in Germany June 25-July 17, 2011. Below are the ones from the Japan-USA final, preceded by a (painful) reminder that despite higher expectations Canada flamed out early. Check out all the pictures on the main website--women's football/soccer is tough, and so are its fans!

Canada's supporters cheer prior to the match against France on June 30, 2011 in Bochum, Germany. (Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images)

Fans cheer the Japanese team playing against the United States in the World Cup final match at the Rooney2008 sports bar in Tokyo Monday morning, July 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Japan's Nahomi Kawasumi (center) is challenged by Amy Le Pielbet of the US during the final match in Frankfurt on July 17, 2011. (Thomas Bohlen/Reuters)

American striker Abby Wambach (right) and Japan's defender Saki Kumagai vie for the ball during the final on July 17, 2011 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Japan won 3-1 in a penalty shoot-out after the final had finished 2-2 following extra-time. (Daniel Roland/AFP/Getty Images)

American fans watch the broadcast of the penalty kicks in the Women's World Cup soccer final between the United States and Japan at the Dark Horse Pub in Philadelphia. (Jose F. Moreno/Courier-Post/AP)

Japan goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori reacts after making a save on a penalty shot during the final match between Japan and the United States in Frankfurt on July 17, 2011. (Frank Augstein/AP)

Kozue Ando of Japan (top) embraces Yuki Nagasato after winning the penalty shoot-out on July 17, 2011 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

Japan's midfielder Homare Sawa celebrates with the trophy and teammates after the FIFA Women's Football World Cup final match against the US on July 17, 2011 in Frankfurt am Main Germany. Japan won 3-1 in a penalty shoot-out after the final had finished 2-2 following extra-time. (Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images)

2 comments:

Wendy said...

I do not normally follow soccer but did watch the Woman's Cup and was absolutely delighted to see Japan win!!!

Chiara said...

Wendy-thanks for your comment. I am also strictly a World Cup watcher, and usually only the final at that.

I hope you and others see the great pics I just added to the post.

Thank you again for your comment!

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