Final: USA v Japan Match of the Day Live


Final: USA v Japan

Gabby Logan introduces live coverage of the Fifa Women's World Cup final. The USA have not won the tournament since 1999 while Japan are appearing in the final for the first time.


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Hello, welcome to the final of the 2011 women's World Cup. After three

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week of action, we are left with Japan and the United States. This

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should be a cracker. Let's introduce our panel, Sue Smith and

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Martin Keown are joined by Fay White. I wsh you weren't here but

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leading England out out. Have you had time to watch it back. Or is it

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still a horror show. It takes a while to get over. But I forced

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myself to watch it this morning and you have a lot of feelings of

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regret and wish we had done better. Certainly when the moment called.

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But we fael we have had a good tournament. Slightly galing the two

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teams in the final, you had good performances against and you look

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at the performances leading up to the final, were you thinking

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England could have done one better? Yes we are in a great position,

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having had those results against top quality teams. That can only

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give us confidence. In major tournaments, America are in this

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position, because they know how to win when it counts. We said

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friendlies is not where it counts. That is something we need to learn.

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But like I said, we can be positive. We didn't lose a game in a World

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Cup. But sadly not this time. Some great performances. We will talk

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more about your future later on. But let's focus on the final.

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Galling for Fay and England, they made such light work of Japan, 2-0

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and beat USA in theed by up. This and beat USA in theed by up. This

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is how the US progressed They had a dramatic quarter final win over

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Brazil. And a 3-1 win over France. Japan had wins over New Zealand and

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Mexico, before losing to England. They knocked out the hosts Germany

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in the quarter finals. So physically, you would say England

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outmuscled Japan in that game. We were talking that this was a team

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that had been compared to Barcelona. They will playing in triangles and

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look smooth. But the first 45 minutes we said, where is this team.

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England made them look ordinary. That was our game plan. We knew if

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we allowed them to get it into their midfield, we would be in

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trouble. We said, our game plan, sit off, stop them playing in

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midfield and be physical. It was the first time we pressured them.

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Didn't allow them time on the ball and it was a great performance.

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Ellen White's goal gave us a great start as well. So it was a all

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round performance. I mean I thought England in the tournament played

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exceptionally well. We're sitting here now with the captain thinking,

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listen I enjoy signature next to you, but I would rather you were

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out there. With Kelly getting that injury, we were almost playing with

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ten men in the end. The United States physically more similar to

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England. Do you see them approaching the game in the same

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way with Japan. Yes that is what way with Japan. Yes that is what

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they have got to do. Ray Japan, we say they're smaller, they like to

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pass the ball. America will try to stop them and use their strength

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and their physical abilities. and their physical abilities.

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look at the United States line up. Nine of the eleven England played

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in April. Where are the main threats. Wambach is the player, a

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fantastic front man. And they're strong at the back. And they're

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professional in the way they play. They're the favourites. 25 times

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they have played Japan and Japan have never won. Wam patch you know

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well -- Wambach you know well, she broke your nose! She has 162 caps.

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She is, I have played her a couple of times and she is a handful. She

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is got at -- good at getting free kicks, but her biggest threat is in

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the air. She scored in the last minute and she is a big game player.

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When they get that once chance, put it in the back of the net. I hate

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to say it, but she is prolific and leads the line. She is a cross

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between Andy Carroll and Gary Lineker. She looked very relaxed

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there. The experience the American girls have got at the top of the

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game is quite incredible. Now let's look at the starting eleven for

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Japan. And ten of the team faced England. We saw in midfield Homare

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Sawa and Mizuho Sakaguchi. Yes I have enjoyed watching Japan. The

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way they move the ball about. I love the wide players, their

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crossing on the run, they can play left foot, right foot. They're just

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enjoyable to watch. They have to, against America, they have to move

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the ball and keep one or two touch. They did lose of course to the

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English, but take nothing away from them, they had won the group at

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that point. They didn't know whether to go for it. Homare Sawa's

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fifth World Cup. This would be the first site an Asian side have

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lifted the World Cup if they can beat the United States. She has

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four goals so far in the tournament. Is it their time? USA have the

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experience and have been in the position before. Japan haven't. But

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they have a technically gifted player in Sawa. She has got a

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couple of goals in previous games, four goals from midfield. She likes

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to join in late. Set pieces she scored a couple of goals. It may

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not be so easy against America. But she is a very technical player and

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that stood out when we looked at the Japan team, all around the team

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they're comfortable on both feat. Aya Miyama can provide great balls

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into the box. I hope they do it. I'm rooting for Japan. I think I'm

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rooting for ja pab. -- Japan, but I think America will do it. I agree.

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Any questions we will address them. Let's led to Frankfurt and the

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World Cup final. Your commentary to the sixth FIFA women's World Cup

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final. It is Japan who most of us didn't think would be here tonight

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and it is the US a. Who many did. Whatever happens, we will have a

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piece of history by the end of the evening. Either the first side from

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the Asian football confederation to be crowned queens of world football,

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or the Americans would be the first to lift the trophy three times.

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1991, 1999, two previous finals, two finals won. Credit to the

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German s who have supported this tournament to well. There must be

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disappointment among German fans that their team was knocked out in

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the quarter finals by ja pab. -- Japan. The roof is on here. Lady

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 67 seconds

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and gentlemen, please stand for the Japan's Golding girl, Homare Sawa

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 67 seconds

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is ready for the most glittering United States. Nerves obviously

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jumping, but miles more smiles, right from the word go from the US

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national team at this World Cup. Pretty much a closed shop over Greg

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Ryan four year ago. But the Swedish coach has brought a whole new

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feeling to the game. This is the Japan team. The coach said in the

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build up we need to keep our key players fit and that is what has

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happened and why Japan have made it all the way to the end game. Japan

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ranked four in the world. It would seem FIFA got that just about right.

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About to take on the world's No 1 ranked women's international

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football team. Germany does have representation in this final.

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Viviana S, the einhouse. I don't think she would have got the chance

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to referee a World Cup office. She had to take time off from work as a

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police officer to take this final. You may have recognised the fourth

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official from Sweden. For the States two changes from the seemy

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final. Rachel Buehler is back. And a second World Cup start for Megan

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Rapinoe. Another milestone, the keeper is the oldest woman to have

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figured in a World Cup final at 36. Now a word from my trusted

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assistant all tournament long, Lucy Ward. We have heard from the girls

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and from Martin about where their favours lie tonight. Where are you

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going on this one? It is a real clash of styles, the United States

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have not played well at part and then they have scored with this

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player, Abby Wambach, because she is all the. -- tall, but Japan keep

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the ball well and they know thousand score. I don't know which

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one to go -- they know how to score. I don't know which one will win. So

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States. Perhaps the wrong option taken. Lauren Cheney did well. She

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has been playing most of the final and she probably made the wrong

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decision. She did see Abby Wambach, but thought she would draw the

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keeper and have a go. This is just the sort of set piece that Japan

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will be aware of. Abby Wambach is four inches taller than the tallest

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think Japan have tried not to concede corners, set pieces around

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the box. That is the trouble they will have. But they did well there.

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Maybe the United States are thinking of getting over players on

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the end of these. Japan are obviously worried about Abby

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you can see the US game plan. will approach this game and I would

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suspect that they will be looking at the seat piece, but to suck

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Japan into a scrap, because Japan won't like the physical part of it.

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They will not like to be closed down. That is how the United States

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will start, pressing them high up the field. She could have had five

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in five, Abby Wambach, she hit the woodwork in the first two games.

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Hope Solo is again the footballing darling of her country. She was

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pretty much banished from the camp. But the US immediate contracan't

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get enough of the keeper these days. And she is your favourite as well!

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I knew that would come up at some through for Ando. But a little too

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strong. Norio Sasaki the confident, if very serious coach of the Japan

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team. Couldn't get too much more different methods employed by the

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coaches. Norio Sasaki has been saying doing it for victims of

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tsunami and earthquake in March. He showed the team photographs of the

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victim of the disaster before the match with jarmy. -- Germany. There

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was a wonderful moment in the press conference when the United States

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coach started singing to the press. I watched it aye went red watching

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it. She was trying to say when thing get heated and the pressure's

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on the player, she breaks into song. It was quite amusing and the

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Germans found it amusing. They clapped her at the end, I don't

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think they knew what else to do. You couldn't react well to that.

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think I would laugh. I suppose it would stop the tension for a while.

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That is a goal kick. Japan are playing with freedom and they know

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they're doing the country back home proud. It is horrible what happened

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and the girls at the end of each game, they carry a banner thanking

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people for their support. They seem happy to be there and playing

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Wambach. 121 goals in 162 games. think she is struggling with an

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injury. So they will want her in front of goal, rather than getting

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them in the channels. Megan Rapinoe has been brought on in the few

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games I have seen and really made a difference and her crosses from the

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left created the goal against Brazil that made me stand on me

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feet watching it. It was a tense game and Brazil were getting the

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boos from the crowd, because there were bits of cheating. Megan

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Rapinoe put in the cross and Abby Wambach put it in. I think she

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expects to start. You have left that fence, talking about cheating

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with Brazil. Well all the fans were booing. Well there was a bit of

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year spell playing in Frankfurt. She has gone back to the United

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States and hopes to join a professional club there. It is

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strange, although the WSL in England took a break for the World

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Cup, it is business as usual in the United States. That is surprising,

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there is actual lay game tobt in about Three hours -- actually a

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game tonight in about Three hours finished off though. But that is

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how the United States will play it. Lauren Cheney trying to make it 1-0

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inside eight minutes. Good ball from Megan Rapinoe. I think people

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on the far side of the stadium thought that went in, because of

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the movement of the net. A great cross and slightly off with the

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finish. But she reached well. Scored against North Korea in the

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group stages. We mentioned Barack Obama's tweets. Yours to us, far

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more important. Tell us what you think of the game and of the

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to that the keeper was getting. good strike. You see the Japanese

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keeper is not the tallest. She seemed to have it covered, but that

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is a tactic. A great strike. In the opening minutes we have seen how

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powerful the USA are as a team. Certainly the dominant attacking

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force. The first thought when they get the ball is forwards. Whereas

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 67 seconds

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Japan will go around the houses and She's clever feet, Megan Rapinoe.

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That could have gone either way. Lauren Cheney has been playing on

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the left throughout the tournament. Now she will want to show she can

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getting closer. That is a great ball in from Boxx. Good defending

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by Japan and keep the ball down, get it on target A great strike,

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but on target. The USA have led the way in term os -- term of long

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range goals. There have been some contenders for goal of tournament.

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There was a cracker yesterday from Sweden in their win over France.

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The USA with another chance and it is just wide again. Megan Rapinoe

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cutting in to be a presence in the penalty area. A good run by Heather

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O'Reilly. When she wasn't closed down, she thought she would just go

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for it. But not on her strongest foot. The defender put her off. But

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the USA are getting closer. At the moment this is one way, the

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favourites are on Fopp. But the game will -- are on top. But the

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game will ebb and flow. You suspect this us how the United States

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 67 seconds

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edge of the box seconds after frustrating with the ball, trying

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to get the ball forward a bit too quickly which is not what they have

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done in previous games. They need to settle down and not try to force

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the ball which is what is happening. I was going to mention earlier the

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last meeting of these teams, 2-0 to the USA. After that game, the US

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team auctioned their shirts online for the American Red Cross Japan

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tsunami Relief Fund. So there is a good feeling between the two camps.

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feeling, not like the USA-Brazil game. Four players booked in the

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The only player on the field who has won this competition before,

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the member of the 1999 World Cup squad. She has a winner's medal

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from that tournament. The 4th most the official US aid delegation. And

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Germany's coach, Sylvia night, having mixed feelings in the stands

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rather than being on the football pitch. She is used to being there,

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flight to put in good crosses. -- each flank. It is getting crowded

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Megan Rapinoe made up for his few errors, she was onside. That first

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touch, she had to put it across earlier than that. In the end she

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made completely the wrong decision. Again, they're getting behind the

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full-backs. Do you think the first touch letter with no other option.

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 67 seconds

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It wasn't the best. -- it left her looking very relaxed. The first

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non-American to coach the team, 7 coach overall. -- seventh. A

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support from Heather O'Reilly. Non- stop running down that right-hand

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Counting the number of Japanese players defending on the edge of

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their own box, to stop those shots their passing game going. And also,

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they need to mix the play a little bit. They need to get the ball

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forward, a little bit quicker from the back. These players are

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technically very good and received ultimately. Shannon Boxx doesn't

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 67 seconds

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the ball. The US press pack have alerted us that one of panic names

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his -- is the Buehl-dozer. She is no nonsense. How will to win. And

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how physical she is. She defence very well. She was sent off in the

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quarter-final against Brazil. Shinobu Ohno has had an excellent

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tournament and will be looking to put her mark on this one as well.

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Pia Sundhage is not happy about European Championship winner in

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1984, scoring the decisive penalty against England at Kenilworth Road,

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Luton. How she has seen the women's That was too high for Kabba silly

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macro. -- Kawasumi. The US will be conscious not to give any free

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kicks are weighed just outside the having any of it. A USA free kicks.

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I don't know whether Amy Le Peilbet fouled or obstructed. The referee

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energy. She scored one of the goals of the tournament, a superb strike

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come from the team in white and continues now. Abby Wambach on the

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 67 seconds

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move. Sakaguchi tried to stay with Japan. All credit to the USA who

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are playing well, forcing Japan into making mistakes. Interesting

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to CV possession statistics which are not as dominant as they usually

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in tight situations is unbelievable, the Japanese. First touch, all of

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them, it gets them out of those tucked -- tight situations. That

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The referee has just woken up, has not been involved yet. Needs to go

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referee when the officials names corner kick. A lot of crowd

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interest in Japan. If the locals are choosing a save it, they would

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choose Japan over the USA. For the throw-in much to the surprise of

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too hasty. Yes. The wrong decision. Quite a lot of the time she has got

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the ball. They break well, the USA. But if you're looking for Abby

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Wambach to chase something like that, it will not happen, they need

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played. That was Wambatch. It hit the crossbar. And Heather O'Reilley.

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Carli Lloyd. That was wide. Definitely the main threat for the

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USA, Abby Wambach, what a great strike. Good play by the referee,

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drive. What a connection on that. The Japanese teacher should have

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touched it. A great strike. Like an arrow towards the top corner. She

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hit the crossbar and the post in the first two games of the

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tournament, didn't score. She netted with her head in the last

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three. The closest either side have come to a goal yet. The USA have

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started extremely well and Boxx but Homare Sawa was back on

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frustrated they haven't taken the lead yet with really one-third of

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the match gone. You see so many times teams are dominant, there is

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a lull in play and they lose competition and the opposition

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scores. They have had enough opportunities on goat but -- on

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to Kozue Ando, but straight to Hope Solo. Tame in the end, best Japan

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move. In the end, it ran away from Kozue Ando. The connection she got

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on it was a little bit too wide. It was easy enough for Hope Solo. That

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is what Japan can do, the ball given away and an opportunity

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created by a clever little ball. may be Japan confidence, something

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lacking in the finish. Kozue Ando, three goals in qualifying, the same

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as Homare Sawa, but has not netted in Germany yet. Played every game

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other tucked in on the left or up front as a genuine striker. Against

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England, she came on as left back. That is good knowledge, I don't

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not penalised for it. Lauren Cheney lost it. This is where Japan are

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good. Little touches, nice movement. But not quick enough. The USA are

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doing so well at closing them down. They can't play the easy receive --

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receipt. They are rattling Japan a little bit. A little like England

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did in the Group Stage game. England played extremely well

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against Japan which seemed to shift up and down the gears in that game.

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There is a way to play against Japan and the USA hope they have

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found out that. Japan are getting more into this, starting to move

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ball. When Japan to get it, they keep it but not incisive in that

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final third. The USA have done very well, the anything they have not

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one gone. Lauren Cheney on the end of a really good ball back into the

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danger zone. Should really have kept it lower. Lauren Cheney

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thought it was an opportunity. The keeper came. A great opportunity to

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score. The keeper was in no man's land. She decided to come, then

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decided it was the wrong option. A wasted chance. Scored in the semi-

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final, from an Heather O'Reilley got forwards forward. I would like

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to see Sameshima Ford. They can drag the USA for it. Because the

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USA are pressing so much, Japan's cannot get their full-backs

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or sad. He is not quite as to what she did as Pia Sundhage. Let us

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hear what you think about it all. If you have a Twitter account,

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joined in the debate that will pick up at half-time. Who you think will

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win? Nomination for player and goal of the tournament. About England

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quite get to it. Rachel Buehler was caught a little bit square. Nearly

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an opportunity on goal, good play, a good build up. Those who have

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come to Frankfurt to support Japan, have reason to smile. It is

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becoming a little bit Morse -- it did, hit it too high. -- what

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Kozue Ando is getting played in. They are finding their feet in this

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game. Formidable goalkeeping they have to beat if they are to win

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from the roof in the Commerzbank Arena. You can see it from all fool

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sides. -- four sides. That will be another three kick.

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Both players have been hurt by that one. -- another free kick. You

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reminded me about our referee, Bibiana Steinhaus. One of the most

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relaxed referees. She looks like she is having a lovely night.

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time. She could be nervous because she is refereeing a World Cup final.

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But a relapsing smile, enjoying it. But sometimes forgetting to watch

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what is happening. Often on the touchline at for top-flight games

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in Germany. She has a reputation of Shouldn't she be in goal? She is

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back-pedalling furiously. Abby Wambach couldn't get up in time for

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ball would have gone out. A risky back heel. It could have fallen to

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anybody. Luckily for Japan, Abby Wambach was on the floor. Abby

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Wambach, three goals at this are here, in the last 20 minutes,

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after a nervous start. The US were got back on their feet. Now they

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is now on the rampage. Megan Rapinoe was with her. Wanted to try

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to find Lauren Cheney and Abby ball inside. The USA have to be

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careful in the penalty area. Because of the height difference it

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could look like a foul. The ball was played in with the outside of

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the foot, and eased... Know when the writ in the end. The USA have

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to be careful as Japan start to play this tricky passes around the

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but I think Norio Sasaki will be very happy. But he believed it was

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at least third place for his team at this World Cup. He said he would

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be happy with third place. minimum. A strange one to pick out

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the third placed play off. That is the one I want to win. Never maind

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I don't know whether Kinga had too much time down the right. She

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picked out the wrong cross. She needed to put it where Hope Solo

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wasn't. No time added on. That is it for the first half of the

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Women's World Cup final. America dominated the start but Japan came

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back into it and it is 0-0 at half So no goals, Martin I got the sense

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that you felt nerves may have been cramping the style that we had come

:01:18.:01:22.

to expect. Yes the World Cup has been a good advert for women's

:01:22.:01:30.

football, but it was a bit disappointing. But then the USA

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looked awesome going forward. But a bit sloppy in their passing. But I

:01:36.:01:40.

think technically this has been a fantastic World Cup. But a bit

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disappointed early on. Japan had to absorb a lot of pressure early on

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and they were doing it through sheer weight of blue shirts. In the

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end keeping out a few good efforts, but a lot of effort and the final

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ball wasn't there a lot of the time. Yes Japan have looked to get

:02:02.:02:08.

players behind the ball and cope with the pace and power up front.

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Cheney and Wambach have worked well. With Cheney coming in, they have

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been phenomenal in their running into the channels. Wambach's got

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some great strikes, hit the bar and I think Cheney gives them more

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technical ability. She can head the ball as well and they have been a

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handful. The pace of the two centre halfs for Japan have been

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struggling. You got the sense at the end of the first half, Japan

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finding their way back into the game. Yes they started off and

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Martin said they were nervous and couldn't get their passing right.

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Coming to last ten or 15 minutes they started to create things and

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if they got a goal, that would boost them. Let's look at the key

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performers, Abby Wambach, she is a great figure for them and showed

:03:05.:03:10.

some great skill. She was popping up with the best chances. She is

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such a strong runner. And here look at the power in the shot. That was

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the Andy Carroll part of her. is Andy Carroll with short hair!.

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She does everything right apart from hitting the back of the net.

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She is so single minded. That is how the United States set

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themselves up. Here they have had a lot of the possession and have

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controlled the game. But here is Lloyd going through and they have

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players that can shoot from distance. Lloyd's also had a great

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opportunity and they're causing problems down the wing with Rampone

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and Riley. I think Japan are having to double up all over the field.

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They're so powerful. There it was sloppy. We said a lot of sloppiness.

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But they keep coming at you and play with a real energy and Wambach

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is such a willing runner, you feel, well this is Cheney. It is Heather

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O'Reilly outside. She played on the left. But it is her presence on the

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box and it spills out for Lloyd and look at the power in that shot.

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Japanese not panicking at that point. All of the pressure was

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coming towards them. Absorbing it and Cheney we saw also having some

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good efforts in the first 20 minutes and showing us what she is

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about. She is one of the favourites and she has come h and proved why

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she has the shirt on tonight. gives more technical ability than

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what Rodriguez has. She is more looking at running in behind. She

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starts from five yards behind her and out muscles the defender and

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maybe here get it across the goal. Because a touch can knock it in.

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I their decision-making in the final third. They're getting in

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behind them. Wambach wasn't really free. You fire across the open goal

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and it only needs a nick and it is great running from Cheney. That is

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a great ball. And just the final finish that is missing. A -- Megan

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Rapinoe has impressed me. She has caused Japan problems. Another

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chance, in the air she has put those away in the past. And she

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will be disappointed there. Perhaps more awareness. She has more time

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than she realised. She could have taken its on her chest. But if they

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start putting these chances away, the United States, then the game's

:06:04.:06:08.

over. But they're always leaving the back door open. In the latter

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half of the first half one or two chances for Japan and the United

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States can't afford to switch off. Let's look at Megan Rapinoe. She

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has done a lot to impress. She is another direct player. She likes to

:06:25.:06:30.

run at players. Similar to Heather O'Reilly and they seem to have

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swapped wings. But her running has amazed me. This was a nice ball and

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you see, I like wide players when they come in off the line. It is

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the appetite to link in. The ball that is pulled back, it is a bit of

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a scruffy pass. She wants that ball in space in front of her andless

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pace on it. -- and less pace on it. But nice movement and this is a

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lovely one/two. She finds space and she has caused the right back

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problems. Wambach is angry with her there. She could have chopped back

:07:11.:07:19.

inside. It is an impossible angle. Well Wambach's height, just giving

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her a chance with her head may have been an option. Japan got into it.

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22 minutes before they got themselves into any kind of scoring

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position. But the chances did start to come, Martin? They did and you

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know, they're very measured in the way they play. They're unruffled in

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possession. It is a very slow build up. But there noise way Shinobu

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Ohno's going to score from there.' - -- there is no way Shinobu Ohno's

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going to score from there. Hit the this was the best move of the game.

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Just too much on the pass. But look at that. A great ball. They have

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the ability to open up the defence and the back four of America are

:08:05.:08:09.

organised, they're quick and they can handle the pace. But it is

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those threaded balls and timed runs that Japan are capable of, which

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don't write them off. Because they have showed they can hold on.

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are a bit static, the American defence and looking at it there.

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The intelligence to dink balls over and play them through in tight

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spaces and the Japanese players have the ability to do that.

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over all are you standing by your predictions? Will stand by mine. I

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think America. Yes, if they can start to put these chances away the

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game could be out of sight. You're thinking 1-0. I'm keeping the trust

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in Japan. You never know. Now let's reflect on the tournament. It is

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hard to believe it was three week ago tomorrow that England kicked

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off against Mexico. Here is the story of their campaign. It is in

:09:12.:09:22.
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and England are off and running. brilliant goal! Jess clack. 2-1!

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Ellen White trying to lob lob the keeper. That is a brilliant goal.

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2-0 England, going through to the quarter finals of the World Cup.

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This would be a really difficult test for England. Now Jill Scot may

:09:50.:09:56.

think about going for goal. Does go for it. She gives England the lead.

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It is lit to the top corner and France are level. They have taken

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to it the lottery of a penalty shoot out. Is it England's time to

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finally one of these things? Saved by Bardsley. Kelly Smith, England's

:10:14.:10:20.

record goal coal erscorer and that was -- goal scorer and that was

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lashed in. She has put it wide and we're level. Arsenal's Fay White

:10:26.:10:36.
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has hit the bar. It is all over for England. There is something to

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dampen the mood. Sorry about that, Fay, showing you that again. It is

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an emotional thing just to see that. But I have to ask you about Hope

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Powell's comments that the girls were cowardly and not stepping up

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to take the penalties. I think you come out of a tournament and there

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is a lot of emotion around the situation. Obviously, it happened

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that Hope's felt it is up to players to decide who is ready to

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take one. And the volunteers were there, weren't there and that is

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why I stepped up to. I was prepared to take one. We can always look

:11:21.:11:26.

back and think lessons learned and maybe we need to do that. But again

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it wasn't the impression that we got initially after the game. But I

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think it is a pressured situation. I wouldn't have changed my decision

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to take one. I felt responsible as the captain and a senior player, if

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no one else was prepare to I would and take the consequences of having

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to go through the upset and the feelings of missing and to feel

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that could be put on someone else's shoulder. Did I wish I score? Of

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course I have played it over and over in my head. But it is a

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lottery with penalties and how cruel football can be, we were two

:12:07.:12:12.

minutes from going through. To have to go through those ehogs motions

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and hang on -- emotions and hang on into extra time. England were the

:12:19.:12:25.

walking wounded and to hang on in the extra time period was an

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incredible effort? Yes you have to take confidence from that. The

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French have shown they're a strong team. They got better as I went on.

:12:33.:12:38.

We knew it would be hard. To score the goal in the game, it felt that

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was against the run of play and for them to score right at the end was,

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you know it was hard to swallow. But girls got together and I'm

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proud to have... Do you still have the appetite and the energy to keep

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going for England? Do you have another big campaign in the

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Olympics? I was concentrating on the World Cup, I had an injury to

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come back. I have shown can I do it. I love playing for my country. I

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wouldn't change the moments I had, whether they are good or bad, for

:13:16.:13:21.

anything. The Olympic will be unbelievable. I have the passion,

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but it is not down to me. It is who the manager and... We suspect that

:13:26.:13:31.

will be Hope. The rumblings she might be the coach for the GB team.

:13:31.:13:37.

Will she be the coach for England in a year's time. I haven't spoken

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to her. She wouldn't tell me direct Liverpool I think she has done a

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magnificent amount for the women's game w the media and the extra

:13:48.:13:52.

expectation. We have reached a certain level and it is closer and

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the difference between going through and not is just a few

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inches. So you know, she has done a magnificent job to put the

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structure into place and get us where we are. That has to be taken

:14:04.:14:08.

note of. In the future, only she knows. I think she will stick

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around. She has now got a quite big ego and she wants to be there. I

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think it was unfair to suggest the players were cowardly. But perhaps

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in future they should select the penalty takers. Within reason. You

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don't know who will be left. who may have had a horrendous night.

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I think we need to pick these players. They will take the

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penalties, because it is a pressure situation. It was huge. It was so

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ironic, that always England on penalties. God, we were willing for

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you to change lis tri. I wish I could have. Now back to some tweets

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coming through. Some positive ones about the women's game. Franky

:14:57.:15:03.

saying the women's game is improving, US looking strong, Japan

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have got the fight. Claire saids the United States are all over this.

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Inspiring stuff. That is what you think. Let's see what the sec half

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can proDawes and rejoin Guy and the squad, who scored the third

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goal against France has replaced Lauren Cheney. Throughout half time

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she has been out of dressing room, sitting in the Dougout, cutting a

:15:49.:15:54.

foreLorne figure, right foot packed ice. There were a few tears. The

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biggest moment of her career and se has - eshe has had to leave it half

:16:02.:16:07.

way through. But it is a chance for Morgan who has looked a very good

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player in her four substitute appearances. Alec Morgan will think

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she is un -- unlucky not to have reasons why the United States were

:16:36.:16:43.

at the World Cup. Scored in the play off with Italy. They were

:16:43.:16:51.

actual think last of the 16 teams to book their place in Germany.

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They did tit hard way for once. It is not -- they did it the hard way,

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 67 seconds

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for once, it is not something the first half and not got it. A Rie

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kick there, Megan Rapinoe tangling with Shinobu Ohno. The final bump

:18:14.:18:22.

came from Carli Lloyd. There is a physical difference. Japan are

:18:22.:18:25.

happy to do this and find the opportunity to thread a ball

:18:25.:18:31.

through. But the US have have gone for it and there is that risk that

:18:31.:18:41.
:18:41.:18:52.

Rampone not played, she would have been the oldest player to play in a

:18:52.:18:59.

World Cup final. It is a good mix this USA squad, young and old. Only

:18:59.:19:09.
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eight of the 21 from 2007 remain. page and scrambled away somehow.

:19:32.:19:38.

Afrpblgts great opportunity, but again well -- A great opportunity,

:19:38.:19:48.
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but again well defended by Japan. great. It was a save against the

:19:55.:20:03.

post and who was the first to react. The first was Sawa. That could have

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just bobbled any where and it was was expecting that. But that is a

:20:52.:21:02.
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card coming soon. The referee's expression has gone from relaxed to

:21:15.:21:25.
:21:25.:22:03.

stern. Heather O'Reilly was the stripes around the stadium are

:22:03.:22:09.

being heard now. Trying to give their team an extra lift. But that

:22:09.:22:13.

shot was always going way from Carli Lloyd, who has had so many

:22:13.:22:18.

efforts near the goal, but nothing on target. It was a great run and

:22:18.:22:22.

she looked up and there was no one with her, so the only thing to do

:22:22.:22:32.
:22:32.:22:34.

was to have a strike, but again not on target. Ayumi Kaihori's wasted

:22:34.:22:44.
:22:44.:23:15.

there. -- to be stronger there. The ball over the top of the keeper,

:23:15.:23:20.

Ayumi Kaihori, but it was over the top of everything. Japan's Pazing

:23:20.:23:25.

broke down, but again a great ball by Megan Rapinoe relesss Abby

:23:25.:23:31.

Wambach, but the wrong choice. She did laugh, but that was not what I

:23:31.:23:37.

expected to come. You see there the USA have tryed the shots, quite a

:23:37.:23:47.
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lot have been off target. Rachel Buehler took a touch and that was

:23:48.:23:53.

risky. Japan are small and tricky, if you take an extra touch, they

:23:53.:23:59.

are around you and take the ball off you. It is an even contest this

:23:59.:24:09.
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and taking them on. Not beating them though. There will with be --

:24:38.:24:45.

there will be a free kick for Japan. I don't expect Pia Sundhage would

:24:45.:24:50.

have made the change if chainy hadn't been injured. But she is a

:24:50.:24:54.

good player, but made the wrong decision there. The manager doesn't

:24:54.:25:00.

look that happy. Pia Sundhage's assistant is a player of some

:25:00.:25:09.

reputation. An ex-Norway international and a World Cup

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 67 seconds

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was great play in the middle of the pitch, just trying to thread those

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balls through, but not getting there. But the quality of Japanese

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play shines through. The movement have thrown herself. Wouldn't it be

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Aireic if Japan scored from a corner. She could have committed

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full back three times if she can. She manages to get a corner for the

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United States. She was lucky. Sometimes there are easier options

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on, but she has got her team a can that the ball does not reach

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A bit too complicated for the USA and you may get a sense of that,

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the longer it stays 0-0. They will feel they should be one or two

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goals up, with the opportunity they have had and they're not. They may

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start to lose patience going forward and make the wrong

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decisions like that, trying to take the ball around your own player who

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is on the ground. But the one thing the United States will not do is

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give up. They will feel they can win this. We saw that in the

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quarter final against Brazil, undoubtedly the match of the World

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Cup. I read that Abby Wambach's end of extra time equaliser was the

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latest goal that has ever been De USA part a lot of pressure on

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themselves. That is the way the Americans do it. They have the

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was no trouble. The ball played forward, a race between the

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defender and attacker. They defend very well and are physically a lot

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herself well in this tournament. -- and threes. That was wasted. You

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can see what she was trying to do the USA. Instead of the straight

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corner to Wambatch. There are too think the ball was meant for the

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is difficult. I will stick up for the assistant referee. The

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The first time we have seen the power of Abby Wambach, her height.

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A flying header. The goalkeeper was be a double the -- a double Japan

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change. Shinobu Ohno is making way, and Karina Maruyama is taking her

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place. She has been subbed into every one of Japan's games in the

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tournament. It doesn't make it any easier, especially the final.

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scorer of the only goal in extra- time against Germany, the shock of

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the tournament so far. Kozue Ando going off as well. That is a

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regular change which sucking macro against the USA in a World Cup

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warm-up prior to the previous World Cup finals. 4-1 the USA when. That

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has been the story of it. And they contest to go. There will be extra

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time, of course, there could be penalties, but we won't talk about

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those yet. The USA get the call this time. There is a bit more

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attention in the tackles. further this game goes on, both

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teams they they have the opportunity to win it. Things may

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Rapinoe up who has used the ball well in the end. The shot was a

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wonderful goal! The USA break the deadlock finally. The substitute,

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Alex Morgan, the youngest Pet in the US national team. It is Japan's

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0, USA one. Two passes from Japan's losing the ball. They won the

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physical battle. What a great fish that was. That was a great finish.

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She did well, she composed herself, had a look, and then unleashed an

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unbelievable shot. That is going to be most goalkeepers in this

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competition. Pia Sundhage all final against France. From the

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bench, to do that. And again in the biggest game of all, the biggest

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moment of her young life. That's from the USA from here! The Norway

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is in a Frankfurt reverberating. -- the noise in Frankfurt.

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That is the other side of Alex Morgan. Giving Japan a free kick.

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She steadies herself. And picked that out. That was a finish. I

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don't concede in the next few minutes otherwise this is all over.

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Under 20 team in the US. A World Cup winner at that level in 2008,

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she got the winner against North career. Now it is the senior stage.

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crying anymore, sitting on the goalkeeper. That was a good ball.

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Hope Solo fans, a few of them about. She has always had one of the

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biggest fan clubs in the women's Difficult to beat Hope Solo from

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there. Japan still have to play, Kate passing and creating. -- keep

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passing. A really good game. Just looked stronger. It was a great

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it and the momentum. Carli Lloyd Kaihori. Good goalkeeping. It was

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experienced player on the pitch. She knew she was on heroin and

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under pressure. -- she was on her the edge of the area. A great ball

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from Megan Rapinoe. Japan will not be happy with that. Beating or

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in numbers. At that stage when they were attacking and they lost it,

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and the ball went into the back of to go. What have Japan got left in

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their locker? They will keep trying to create so the USA need to defend

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extremely well if they are not going to concede. They must not

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lose concentration. Japan will not They don't need to force anything

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now. They need to keep the ball. To stop Japan getting it but not a

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force anything forwards. It's the only way they now have to play.

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they know how to play. The USA have a bit more humility over the past

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few years, not winning anything. That has shown in this World Cup

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every World Cup match, and absolutely magnificent job. It has

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engaged the nation. If they have not bought tickets, they have been

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watching on TV. They have embraced it. Well done. We know how good a

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team they are, even though their team has gone out. There are a lot

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of German shirts in the crowd who have adopted Japan. It is good to

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see. If the audiences across the that, the USA will be happy. The

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clock is ticking. Closer to a World Cup win. Not as dominant, Japan, as

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in other games. They have set about this game really well, the way they

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have harassed and tried to make the USA, giving Japan no time on

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the ball. It only takes one mistake, though, one moment. Perhaps a

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beginning of March, 2-1 to the USA. forcing its forwards quickly. They

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keep the ball, defend. A quick reminder to join in the post-match

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debate with your tweets. Her let us see what you think about it all,

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what you think, can Japan forced extra time with an equaliser? Panic

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stations at the back and Japan have scored! A look of shock on the face

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of Miyama. For the Japanese, out of nothing. They are level! The USA

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just could not get rid of the ball. It landed at her feet, Miyama. And

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she put it away. I was looking at it thinking there was nobody in the

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box. A great ball in. A mix up. You can't put a ball in front of Miyama

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and not expected to score. It is a shame. The USA had defended

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extremely well. A great finish. Opportunist. A horror moment for

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Rachel Buehler and Alex Krieger. Kinga tangling for all she is worth

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with Amy Le Peilbet. The crowd, you can hear the murmuring, talking

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together, they thought the USA had this will stop -- had this..

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looked as if she could not believe the world will not believe this.

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Japan have already caused the biggest shock in this tournament by

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beating hosts Germany in the quarter-finals. They have paid back

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the USA in the final. Where do we go next? The chance to put it in

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and it was too high for Abby Wambach. That was a good ball in,

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floated in, not driven. Megan Rapinoe couldn't quite get there.

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What have the USA got now? We have seen what they had in the earlier

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rounds. It will be a battle to the Many were have stayed up to watch.

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In the States, it is getting on to afternoon and evening, many will be

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watching. Carli Lloyd. She hung on needed more, to put her boot

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straight through it. It didn't happen. She has played well all the

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to go. Abby Wambach has been a heroin at this tournament and on

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many occasions before -- heroine. Not really had a great impact on

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the match so far. That was cleared A good move by the keeper.

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brave as well. -- that was bold. Look how many Japan players are

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getting into the US territory now. A great ball by Homare Sawa.

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Another decent ball but nobody at the end of it. What a great touch.

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A good ball in. That might have been a little bit of a push, by the

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USA defender. It was Rachel Buehler, managed to fall over, that is what

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finals didn't do it the easy way. In 1991. They needed penalties

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against home soil against China in 1999. That was an exciting game to

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watch. I remember 99,000 being at scorer of the winning goal in a Cup

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game. Whoever loses that vital bit of concentration. It gets more and

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more tense. Particularly if it goes always wide. She kept it low, but

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always going wide. Japan's still not afraid to pass it. Some tired

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bodies out there now. It looks like The USA piling on pressure. Two

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minutes to be added on. Desperate defending by Japan, but proper

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centre forward by Abby Wambach this time. Got to hit the target.

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That was a great opportunity. Keep it down and hit the target. USA

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piling on the pressure, Japan equal to it. One minute of the two played.

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Pia Sundhage will have to get ready to deliver some words it would seem.

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Inspiring words. I wonder if Norio Sasaki will line up some more

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photographs. He will have to earn his money. They're looking tense.

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Well, they were until they spotted good track back from midfield. That

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might be it you know. When it is a one-on-one, the USA are always

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going to win those. Norio Sasaki is ready. Pia Sundhage is ready. The

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players have got to be ready for 30 more minutes. There won't be time

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for the throw in. We're going into extra time. In the 2011 Women's

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World Cup final. It will be the third final to have gone over the

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distance and it is all because of Aya Miyama's 81st minute equaliser.

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The Japanese have pulled this back from the brink. Back us us for the

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conclusion. It is Japan 1, USA1. There is the scene in Frankfurt a a

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beautiful shot and we're going to be seeing more of that stadium. We

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thought Morgan's superb goal would have been enough to bring home the

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trophy for the USA. But Aya Miyama had other ideas. Fay, this must

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bring back memories for you, you have been trying to win it in 90

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minutes and the players suffering from cramp and feeling tired. What

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was going through your mind at this stage? You can see the Japanese

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players out on their feet. It is about keeping going and keeping

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positive. America were leading, for Japan to come back, maybe they have

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the edge of thinking, we have got the momentum in this game. But I

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thought Japan were growing into their game towards the end. Well

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certainly the second half was a lot better than their first half. There

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was a long ball played through to Morgan and it is a fantastic finish.

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But Aya Miyama, she was looking to come inside and she was in the

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middle of the park trying to get on the ball. She has done well. A bit

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of a panic by the centre half to lash the ball, it has hit her own

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right back and fallen into the path of Aya Miyama. Morgan came on for

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Lauren Cheney who didn't seem to have done much wrong. She has

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shown... We were surprised that she went off. But it showed what a

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fantastic finish that was. Just the composure to take a touch, look up.

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She thinks she has scored the winning goal and then Japan back in

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it. A bit of panic at the back. I thought the USA have been

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disappointing at the back. It does strange thing when that finishing

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line is up. Now we have extra time. They have to settle down, take

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their drinks on board and listen to what the manager has got to say. I

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still feel the USA are the stronger team. They did look more physically

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tired at the end of the second laugh, compared to Japan. Japan

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just keep going. They are almost like robots, they keep going and

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they have this set way of playing. But I feel the USA have played the

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better football. Thaing will come through. Fabulous -- I think that

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will come through. A fabulous trophy there. There is the

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possibility of penalties as well. What a dramatic way to define your

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World Cup, having to go to penalties in the World Cup? It may

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not come to that. Obviously, the extra time about to start. So we

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wait with baited breath. Let's stpee this can get sorted -- see if

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this can get sorted. COMMENTATOR: The simple idea thing I I have no

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idea. Both teams seem to have a bit left. Look at that. It was always

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smiles in the Japan extra time team talk. It is all energy and positive

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messages from the USA. Juande Ramos real -- Christie Rampone really

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playing her part there as captain. 90 minutes of come tet pet tifr

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action. Real desire and real will to win and not one yellow card.

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has been a terrific game. I hope that it is won in this 30 minutes

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by the team that deserve to win. The USA started well, Japan have

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been quality in terms of their passing and looked like they were

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going to win it after getting the equaliser and the game's ebbed and

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flowed. The momentum with the USA and then the Japanese and they are

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slugging it out. See what happens. The referee will indicate the start

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of extra time. USA have only used one substitute. Alex Morgan coming

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on for Lauren Cheney and what an Japanese are contesting that.

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didn't hear the connection and then Japan, well they don't look happy

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their bodies on the line. Boxx with the cross and Abby Wambach with the

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header. Not many headed goals scored from the edge of the area,

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but she got a lot of power on that. The keeper was equal to it.

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gloves spell out the name of Hope Solo. Her time might have to come

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Japanese team. Everything happens in the game, and as soon as they

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get it, they find a team mate to pass it to. It is just unruffled.

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in that equaliser. I could see the Japanese getting a winner after

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that. But they have stood firm after the mistake for the Japan

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for her crossing abilities, but she has not been able to pick out Abby

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Wambach so far. Well she put that great ball through for Morgan. It

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wouldn't surprise me to see a obviously, because physically it is

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difficult to do that for extra time as well. But again that will put

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more priority on who is going to make the mistakes. She thought that

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had gone out and then crunched by Heather O'Reilly. That's got to be

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a yellow card. That is not a good challenge. The purpose of it you

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cowln't see. She has just gone into two teams now. Hen you have the

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break at the end, that is when you start to have a bit of time to have

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a look around and realise the importance of where you are and

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what you're doing. Morgan took a big chunk out of pitch there.

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is dangerous, she gets her body between the player and the ball,

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created an opportunity. But just wide. But that is the danger for

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Japanese. Everything's football in her world. Her boyfriend is a

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professional in the MLS with Seattle Sounders. A hint of a smile

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on the face of Norio Sasaki. don't know how he saw that. I

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couldn't see any difference. What a job he has done. Not only to get

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the team into a World Cup final, but to get them to the World Cup at

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all. They were struggling for training facilities in the

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aftermath of the terrible tsunami last under 20 World Cup and a lot

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of the players have grown up with him. He know how to get the players

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playing. Look at this, a yellow card. She had to give that, because

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the free kick was taken and Aya Miyama stood in front of it. It was

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kicked against her. That will be a yellow card. More importantly, she

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has scored the goal that made it 1- 1 and the reason why we're playing

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up to the hype. But this one has and both teams have given it their

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all. I can't put my money on either of them at the moment. My heart

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says Japan, but I think that the USA will come through strong in the

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Defended again by Rachel Buehler. A lot asked there of Karina Maruyama.

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Has had a spell playing in Japan. Rather had a spell playing in

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America. Done plenty of playing in through. But Abby Wambach cowln't

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bundle it home. Every time you see the Japanese get it away. I thought

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Abby Wambach was going to fall to the floor and the referee had a

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decision to make. But she stayed on her feet. That is refreshing to see.

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Not if you're a USA supporter got to be more accurate. If she

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gets her head on it, it is more than likely to be a goal. But

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creating the opportunity has been difficult and full credit to Japan

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think as he -- just lost her footing I think as she hit it.

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cross or shot. She couldn't decide than that. I wonder whether Abby

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Wambach, I am sure it would take something mechanical to haul her

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off. But we are told she has been struggling with an injury. She has

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already done extra tile and then some once. There is no way you will

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drag her off the pitch. She is like Kelly Smith, she will stay on the

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pitch whatever it takes. Abby Wambach hasn't looked massively

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mobile. But no change there. looks even less so with the

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Japanese players around her, who are extremely mobile. That is

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Japan's throw. No, two balls on the pitch, that is the retake. Three

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minutes to go of the first period been excellent and the differences

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between the top teams and the so- called lesser teams is maul now and

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makes for better -- small now and Wambach, four goals in the finals,

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four headers planted in. In the end that was a great header, but I feel

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sorry for the Japanese defenders, they have defended as the ball came

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in so well. That was a great defending header, but the ball just

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keeps coming back in and Abby Wambach found herself a bit of

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space. As the ball's going to fall to her like this, she ain't going

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to miss. Nobody marking her, great header. It has been coming, but I

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think Japan has defended so well and they have got really close to

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Abby Wambach. As soon as she gets herself on her own with with nobody

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around her, she is not going to miss from there. It had to come for

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her. It is her 13th goal at the again. They have one minute and

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another 15 to do that. They have shown they're capable of scoring

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and I don't think it is over yet. Norio's notes. 122 international

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goals. 50 of those scored with her head. Does help that you're six

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foot though. Most of the women in women's football are a lot smaller.

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But taking nothing away from her, obviously. Japan have just got to

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go for it now and be a bit more direct with their passing. Half

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time in extra time. A quick turn around and then Japan have to try

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and turn this around. Abby Wambach stands to be the match winner in

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the 2011 women's World Cup final. Trade mark header. It is Japan 1,

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USA2. Abby Wambach, who else, it was the last few minutes of second

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half of extra time we could be secure that would be the winner.

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But there is 15 minutes left. Did you see that coming, Martin. Did

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you feel the USA still had the energy and the momentum? No the

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tempo of the game dropped. It was as if the players were pacing

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themselves for another 30 minutes. Now, the emphasis is with Japan

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they have to go for it. It there will be gaps at the back and the

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USA may get another one. Just getting our breath back after that.

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15 more minutes of the word cup to go. And maybe a few more kicks of

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the ball after that. We will need a goal for Japan for that to happen.

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being watched with presidential approval on the other side of the

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Atlantic. Barack Obama sent via Twitter and more official means I

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am sure, a message of good luck to "Ing that should have been her

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team's throw in. The weight of the nation will be behind Japan as well

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as the US nation. Talking of presidents. Things are changing in

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the United States, why not? Both very proud nations the USA and

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Japan for different reasons at the moment. I'm sure they will still

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slug it out to the finish. I don't think it is over yet. Obviously not

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over, but I think there may be some twists and turns to come. Another

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nine minutes left of the regulation game when Japan equalised. Another

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Again the ball is pin balling around the USA penalty area. Mizuho

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Sakaguchi was back in. Just panic setting in the USA six yard box.

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That's got to be a foul on the edge of the area, but the USA come away

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But Hope sow low just watched it go -- Solo just watched it go over the

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it is shepherded behind for a goal kick. Some of you might be tuning

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in for something else excellent that comes from America, Family Guy.

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That will follow the conclusion of this fantastic Women's World Cup

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final, which at the moment is going the USA's way. Good, that means I

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best to throw this away. Across by Yukari Kinga and it is headed wide.

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Yuki Nagasato going away from goal. A how on earth did that not go in.

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As the ball was played in, it was missed by everybody. There wasn't a

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Japanese player on the end of it to put it in. The USA were lucky there.

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Then they messed it up. Some of this is not world Cup defending.

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Trying to be effective but trying a bit too hard. Probably difficult to

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they will take plenty of time about Beijing, shortly after taking over.

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Is she now going to be the first non-American coach of the women's

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national team to lead them into the World Cup. In her inimitable style,

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relaxed. It has worked, a much more open, approachable team, less of

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the arrogance. They have had to be, to play the game with more humility.

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Because they are not winning the World Cups. Tobin Heath is coming

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on. A great reception for Megan Rapinoe. We she has had a great

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World Cup. Not as effective today. She made the first goal. But she

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Kinga. And cleared by Christie Rampone. That might have been the

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chance. They will do well to get on better. The touch she got on it was

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not in the right direction. What a great ball. A first touch to it but

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Christie Rampone did extremely well Ben. She was reaching for it. But

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it wasn't in the right direction in this game. Trying to get her

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fair share! Five minutes to go. A bit of time added on. Demonstrated

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quite clearly by the referee Bibiana Steinhaus. When Hope Solo

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recovers, it will be a Japan corner and represents another chance. Hope

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Solo is OK. Fierce instructions for Japan. An unbelievable goal. A

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great ball in and she was first to it. No chance, Hope Solo. No wonder

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she is smiling. This incredible final takes another turn. A great

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ball in and she stuck her lead that, no chance for Hope Solo. -- stuck

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breath, never mind everybody else. Just over three minutes left.

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Fitting that it should be Homare Sawa. The golden goal of Japanese

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football. She has had a terrific match defensively. She wanted to

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scored. -- The talisman. That thrown it was too quick. -- throw-

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Solo? She has a big part to play in young thing of their team. Karina

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Maruyama, the substitute, is a penalty, one presumes. If we get

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there. Abby Wambach has put its Denied right on the edge of the

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penalty area. It is a USA free kick. A yellow card as well for

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Iwashimizu. That is a shame, she has defended so well and put

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herself on the line. She has been sent off! The card was red. She has

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done extremely well. A last ditch tackle. I don't know whether she

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got the ball. She took the player. It is a good decision. It is a

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shame it is a red card. Rules are rules. An opportunity for the USA.

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You can hear the shock around the stadium. I think the referee,

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Bibiana Steinhaus, but it right, no room for sentiment. The first ever

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red card in a Women's World Cup final, for the Japan's women's

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national team in a World Cup match. Two more minutes to go. Japan have

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ten players. One of their key strong players is out. Eight

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players in the wall! Is this the World Cup final when the moment? A

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long conversation going on. Trying Heath who had a go. Couldn't get

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through the massed ranks of Japanese defenders. The pinnacle of

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these women's football careers, they're giving everything. They

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just didn't fall, they threw themselves into runs a bet -- it in

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time we hear the missile -- whistle. We have played two minutes of extra

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to jelly. The World Cup final is going all the way. It is a lottery

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from 12 yards to come. Uncharted territory for Japan. The USA have

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already done it this way once at this World Cup. Who does it now?

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Homare Sawa wins the Golden Boot. Will she be winning the World Cup

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trophy with a team in 12 minutes? Who can predict what will happen in

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this shoot-out? All we know that the USA have the experience of a

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shoot-out in this tournament, against Brazil. That has to count

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mentally for something. They know what to expect, they have come

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through one already. I believe they already have a structure in place

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of who takes. Obviously, Japan have done amazing to fight back twice

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from behind. You can't tell it either way. There is something

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about the Japanese that will not give up. They are still doing

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tactics even though the game has finished. Hope Solo is getting

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treatment for her energy. -- at her injury. She did produce an

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incredible save against Brazil, she was their hero. More heroics from

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Howard, Faye? She is an ex Dowding -- outstanding keeper. She is

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really going to have to do it for her team now. This is the first

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time that chap has smiled. Nothing to lose. Be positive. Abby Wambach

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getting the first goal in extra- time which we thought might be the

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winner for the USA. This is exactly what she is very good at. She bides

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her time. Here, she stands still, a fantastic header. I really like the

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work rate of more than when she came on. A great build up of play.

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To score from a corner against America, it big thing for Japan.

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Let us go back to Frankfurt and the drama of the build up to a penalty

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shoot-out. It might hit them, and unfair way to win a World Cup. But

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they are good drama. Let us handover to Guy Mowbray and Lucy

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Ward. Thank you. Apologies to Faye, I

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absolutely love them. You could not get a more dramatic way to settle a

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sporting contest. Yes, it is cruel. Yes, it is pretty much a lottery.

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It is great to watch if you can bear to watch. The USA, and Japan.

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Twice the USA lead, twice Japan came back to equalise. Which set of

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players can keep the coolest of heads? Simple enough, apply the

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ball into the net from 12 yards out. Easier said than done. It has been

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a fantastic game. It is a shame that need their team, neither needs

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to lose in a penalty shoot-out. It has been absolutely fantastic. I

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actually saw him smile! He was obviously saying come enjoy it,

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this is why you play football, why you live. What an unbelievable

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occasion for these players. Whatever happens, Norio Sasaki has

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to be hailed a hero back home. the brink of winning a World Cup.

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You would guess the USA would kick the same order that scored all

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fight against Brazil. -- all five. Shannon Boxx this is! One of the

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most experienced players on the pitch! - Shannon Boxx misses! For a

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advantage, Japan. A great save. They will have studied each other's

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penalty-takers. Well done. Kaihori gears Japan the break. America has

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order will have to change somewhat because Megan Rapinoe has been

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Miyama never misses. The player who took us to extra time. She puts

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Japan in front. It is about keeping your nerve. Technically she is

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brilliant. She sent Hope Solo the wrong way. She is happy with that.

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top! It has to be Japan's to throw away now. You can see from the way

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she lined up she was going to blast it. She got her foot right

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underneath that. Five taken, five scored against Brazil. Now, we are

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down to just two, zero out of two for the United States. Just keep

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your nerve. Yuki Nagasato. Plays football in

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Germany. With FFC Turbine Potsdam. is life left in this shoot-out yet.

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He did think that if Hope Solo does go the right way, she is such a big

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frame for a keeper she will save it. That was a poor penalty,

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disappointing. They have the advantage and still have the

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advantage. It has to go in. Abby Wambach took third against Brazil.

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Tobin Heath has not been on the field long. Saved again by Kaihori!

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This is unbelievable. That is another, that is a good save. You

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go the right way, you've got a chance because it's not in the

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corner. These are not good penalties by the USA. They are

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nervous penalties. There will be some nervous soccer fans back in

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means it is Japan's World Cup. despite Hope Solo's best efforts.

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2-0 Japan after three penalties each. She hit it hard enough but

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didn't get enough of a hand on it, Hope Solo. It's neat end. Japan are

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clearer -- closer. Kaihori has said two. Abby Wambach for the USA, she

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scores. A great penalty. She has done her job tonight. She keeps it

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alive. But possibly only for one back. Only 20 years old. Very

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carefully. Hope Solo is the darling of US women's football. Now is the

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time to really earned that title. Sportsmanship there, trying to

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delay, keep the pressure. To make history. History is made! The first

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Asian team to win the Women's World Cup! They have defied the odds.

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They have caused another sensational footballing upset in

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Germany. First the hosts. Now the No. 1 ranked team in the world, has

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fallen to the skills of the Japanese. Brilliant, absolutely

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brilliant. They have played out of their skins all the way through the

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tournament. Today they have shown so much heart, and prowess, they

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have done extremely well. They held their nerves in the penalties

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against one of the best teams on penalties in the world. Hope Solo

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consoled by her legions of American fans. As Japan and Japanese

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football goes into hysterical meltdown. This has been an

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astonishing World Cup. It has had the most unbelievable ending. And

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the Women's World Cup has a new name on the trophy. The name of

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Japan whose coach Norio Sasaki said from at said they were coming to

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journey not to play but to win. They have won the entire tournament.

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They have now shown they keep their You saw that coming, didn't you,

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what an incredible game. With hindsight we can say Japan never

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ever gave up. It was an incredible fight by them, incredible

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determination. I didn't predict that one. We thought America would

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be too strong. Japan were fantastic. Faye didn't. Largely because she

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wanted to save England had Burton - - had beaten the World Cup

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champions. This World Cup has given results he wouldn't have predicted.

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They beat Germany, an impressive Swedish team to get it. Now America,

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coming back twice from behind. The dramas of the penalties and to hold

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their nerve. America had been in that position. The pressure is

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unbelievable. If you look at the Americans, their penalties, they

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try to thunder it into the net but the Japanese were clever. Waiting

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for the keeper to move. They showed more bottle and they deserved it. I

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thought the USA would take it comfortably but in the end Japan

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had tremendous resolve. They looked so relaxed. Their final hurdle,

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laughing and joking. They looked like they had a strategy over

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penalties. It was nice to see them all, their teamwork. That came

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across in the penalties. We thought America were mentally stronger. I

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thought they would score every single penalty. They didn't. Japan

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took control. A fantastic game. us go back, it seems like hours ago,

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when Alex Morgan scored that goal which we thought, the way the game

:54:12.:54:22.
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was going, that this was perhaps their own box. This is probably

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what they are best at. The ball over the top. In this position, she

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is fantastic, really strong. The power she got into that. A fitting

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goal to win any World Cup, she stayed onside, good movement. Japan

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might think they should have done better. It doesn't matter now. A

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fantastic finish from this young player. It is the way America

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defended really well. They got players behind the ball. She is

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delighted with that. A great moment for her but it wasn't to be. Miyama

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stood up and kept Japan in this World Cup final but not much time

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to go, in the second half of normal time. Japan, fittingly, got their

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chance to go into extra time. second half, they built into the

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game. And the first half for America, they could have been a

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couple of goals up. We thought there were not many players to find.

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A good finish. A comedy of errors. She came in from the wing. Looking

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for scratch really. It shows you really in this situation, been in

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the right place at the right time, being calm defending. The USA

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panicked and they got punished. She swipes at that. That was a very

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scruffy goal to concede at that stage of the game. It is about

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being in the right place at the right time. Japan's had a belief.

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They never gave up. The journey they have had going into that final

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game. Going into extra time, it felt like the Japanese have the

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energy, the resolve going into that extra time because, when you have

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scored late on, you sometimes have that extra lift. But, Abby Wambach

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stands up and scores a trademark header. She didn't look like she

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would get her goal tonight. So often when they struck a stand

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still, it is difficult. She peeled away and stands. The defender

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switches off. Like good strikers, they punished you. The Japanese

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defenders have been doing well. They were getting their head two

:56:59.:57:09.
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crosses. -- to crosses. Great work by Morgan out wide. The 50th headed

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goal for the United States. She is some player. But it wasn't enough

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because Japan just kept on going. At that point, as you get into the

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second half of extra time, thinking maybe their chance isn't going to

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come. It is fitting that the characters who have created this

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amazing final, it was Homare Sawa. She scored similar goals. Against

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Mexico, she scored with her head. That is from the training field.

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She delivers it right into the area she knows she is going to be

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running in. To step up in a game of that importance, with five goals in

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the tournament. She is the Golden Boot winner. She has done

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magnificently. Twice the USA had been pegged back and didn't have a

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pair in their team to pass it. The only know one way, a high tempo.

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They lacked that flair player in the middle to keep it at times and

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they got punished. They will walk away from this, a lifetime

:58:29.:58:39.
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opportunity, a missed opportunity to win a World Cup. Right near the

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end, a couple of minutes to hold that. America are known for their

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willingness to work hard and did dip, for their mentality, but they

:58:50.:59:00.

met their match. All credit to Japan. You could say that was a

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professional foul. Morgan it scores in that position normally.

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replay shows more than just gets her foot. We should have a look at

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some of the key penalties. A penalty shoot-out like no other. On

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the back of their incredible shoot- out against Brazil, full of

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confidence, world class penalty- takers. Shannon Boxx missed a

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penalty against Brazil. She was always going to go that way. Carli

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Lloyd, normally so good in her placement. You can't describe the

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it can happen to them. Japan, we said they were like robots, that

:00:01.:00:06.

was a fantastic penalty to win it as well. Centre half as well.

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was so cool. You see the togetherness there. You saw in the

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huddle before the penalties, the manager got them in and composed

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and smiling. For women's football to have a new name on the trophy

:00:19.:00:27.

and the first winner from Asia as well, just showing how the sport

:00:27.:00:33.

has spread the globe and it is truly a global game.: this

:00:33.:00:37.

tournament has shown the gaps between the Best is ninely. Before

:00:37.:00:44.

it was America and Germany. Now we can say we were beaten. We beat

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Japan! That is a real positive for England. When we look back on the

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tournament and how we performed, but it has been so close and team

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have been -- teams have been beating each other. That is what

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you want, it to be so competitive that any team feels they can go on

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and win. Great for people to get engaged in it. When you're trying

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to get new people watch the sport. This is an unbelievable advert for

:01:15.:01:19.

it. This gives the English team, you must be thinking that, there is

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an opportunity to win the Olympics. Without question. You're so close

:01:23.:01:27.

to have won this. We take confidence from the performances we

:01:27.:01:33.

have put in, also prior to the tournament and we have young, good

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players that can make a massive difference. We're only growing.

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fact that England have beat, America, Sweden and Japan, it shows

:01:41.:01:49.

how far we have come. Learning the experience from major tournaments

:01:49.:01:57.

as well. Is Sa War -- Sawa you're player of the tournament. Yes it is

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her fifth one and to come up with important goals. As a centre

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midfielder. Yes I think she has done well. She did well defensively.

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She wasn't able to get the late runs in to sup fort forwards, but

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from set pieces they have shown they're masters and I would do for

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her. I have been impressed with her, but Sawa from that performance to

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step up in a big game. Wambach could almost play in men's football,

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if I'm allowed to say that, she is that strong. All credit to Japan

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that they managed to stop her. showed size didn't matter, Martin,

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we thought the physicalty of the USA would overpower Japan. But

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there is Sawa with her fifth goal and wh a crucial goal it was. Her

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fifth world cup, her fifth goal and a golden boot. We're getting ready

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now for the presentation of the trophy. Let's, there is Abby

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Wambach. She has come third, the bronze boot. The golden glove award

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:03:24.:03:24.

going to Hope Solo. Hope Solo's hands delivering the golden glove.

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COMMENTATOR: Hope Solo just about raising a smile. Some things have

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raised a smile for me. The boos for Sepp Blatter. And for Marta, the

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Brazilian who is back home, at the mention she had won the silver

:03:56.:04:05.

award. Sawa has been up to get the golden boot award and the FIFA fair

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play award, espite the red card, Japan getting that FIFA fair play

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award that. Is too much for Hope sow low. She goes to get another

:04:18.:04:23.

award. I think that is the best player of the tournament. No the

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:04:33.:04:36.

bronze ball, the third best player at the tournament. Abby Wambach

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getting the silver ball award. We know who the winner is going to be,

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Homare Sawa of Japan. Getting all the minor awards out of the way.

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Look at Hope Solo, she is inconsolable. Here is Homare Sawa,

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golden ball, golden boot, Japan's golden player. And se has lacked

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surprised every time she has been called upon to take the podium.

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They have won it fairly, with some style and with a great deal of lieu

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millty. They have made a lot of friends along the way. -- humility.

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They have won the fair play award, pause that is the way they play.

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They play and they pass the ball and play with smiles on their faces.

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Something we mentioned a few times and has been mentioned extensively,

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Japan after the heartache and tragedy of march's - March's earl

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earthquake and tsunami, the count tri -- count trihas at least had a

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sporting lift. A sport only played nationally by an organised national

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team since 198. The rise of Japanese women's football has been

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remarkable. -- 1986. Delegates from Europe and England played a key

:06:07.:06:16.

part in getting them off the ground in the 1980s. And goodness me they

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have accelerated. They have overtaken and beaten the lot in

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this World Cup. The lot except England - we should get that in!

:06:25.:06:30.

Like Fay says it shows how far I think have come. They're close to

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these teams, they have beaten them and it is only good for women's

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football in our country and the world. Just looking at the USA

:06:39.:06:44.

going up for their second placed medals, it is not good feeling.

:06:44.:06:51.

some of the player, Boxx, Wambach and Solo it might be their last

:06:51.:06:56.

chance. They grew up watching their idols win this thing. Now, well it

:06:56.:07:01.

looks as though they're destined to be the generation that misses out.

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I think this generation feels that is constantly put down their

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throats about the 1999 team and how good they were. But this is a good

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team and they have done well. They have had the rub of the green as we

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have gone along to beat Brazil and score in extra time to equalise and

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win on penalties and do well on penalties, but not so well tonight.

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These are good play irs and the margin between success and --

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players and the margin between success and failure is so tight.

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Pia Sundhage will be fleg Mattick about it all once the dust has

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settled. We did catch a few words with her before the presentation

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serplonies began. She couldn't put a finger -- ceremonies began. She

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couldn't put her finger on why the team lost. But tonight the rub of

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the green was not with them. The usual nerves of steel at the back

:07:57.:08:07.
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weren't with them. As Lucy has said, they have won so many friends doing

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it. Stylish football on the floor football. They have done it the

:08:15.:08:25.
:08:25.:08:32.

right way. Homare Sawa will be the last in line to lift that trophy

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home. Norio Sasaki appointed after the last World Cup. He led the team

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to fourth in the Beijing Olympics. He said several times about the

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preparation being so difficult after the disaster in the country.

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He wasn't sure if he could gate team properly prepared to come hear.

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-- get a team properly prepared to come here. They have Dom with --

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come with limited preparation, but they have just played football.

:09:07.:09:17.
:09:17.:09:19.

Just enjoyed watching them. smiles on the faces of every single

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Japanese player. Not an old team. With the exception of Homare Sawa,

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nobody is the wrong side of 30. Apart from the reserve goalkeeper

:09:37.:09:42.

who in the World Cups in 1999 and 2003. I don't suppose she will mind

:09:42.:09:47.

now. Don't think she will be back in Canada in four years time. When

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the World Cup has been expanded from 16 to 24 teams. Even more for

:09:54.:09:59.

us to enjoy hopefully. Norio Sasaki, barring a miracle I'm sure will

:10:00.:10:09.
:10:10.:10:10.

still be in charge of the Japan side. Homare Sawa gets a hug from

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Steffi Jones. Homare Sawa has collected every prize available to

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her tonight. What a fantastic footballer, captain of a team that

:10:19.:10:25.

has been a great advert for the women's game, as has been this

:10:25.:10:31.

entire tournament. Organised quite brilliantly by Germany. Contested

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sue pshly by all the nations -- superb ly by all the nation here

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and won for the first time by Japan, Everyone of the players to get

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their hands on that trophy, despite the coach's confidence pre-

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tournament. I don't suppose with the possible exception of Sawa

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there were many in this squad who believed they would go the full

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distance? And they even celebrate politely. Not too overthe top.

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Brilliant. Well deserved. Says it all. Japan, FIFA women's World Cup

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winners, 2011 and haven't they entertained us? We said how much

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this would mean to Japan after the tsunami and the earthquake. They

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won the fair play award and they This is a change in women's

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football. In the past it has been about power and pace, now it is

:12:11.:12:20.

going back to the technical side. Barcelona, winning everything, it

:12:20.:12:23.

is fitting women's football has gone the same way. All credit to

:12:23.:12:30.

them, they will go back to their country as heroes. It reinforces

:12:30.:12:34.

the game of football around the world, the women's game. Sepp

:12:34.:12:38.

Blatter will be particularly pleased this game has been one by

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Japan. You were playing in a World Cup in China four years ago, you

:12:43.:12:47.

saw how much they embraced the World Cup there. The Asian market

:12:48.:12:51.

if you like for women's football. Did you get a sense there was an

:12:51.:12:56.

appetite? You could tell by the amount of people who came to watch

:12:56.:13:06.
:13:06.:13:07.

the Games. Fault stadiums. The sport was fantastic. It is great. -

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- Full stadiums. The star of this World Cup has been one, how will it

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attract more goals to play? I was reading an interview by Homare Sawa,

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she said it was cold wet dream, to use this to is by young goals to

:13:26.:13:31.

get involved. You see in other sports, when someone succeeds, how

:13:31.:13:38.

it can ignite the passion of young goals and get more people playing.

:13:38.:13:44.

They will certainly build on that. Do you think, you have been saying

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this, it is great to see a game playing -- at a team playing with

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skill and not relying on power and size. Everyone had written them off

:13:54.:13:58.

against America and Germany. In the first half we were thinking, it

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could be three goals to America. Like you said, they kept belief in

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the way they played. They grew into the match. Their fitness, their

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work ethic, their humility, their dignity. We shared a hotel with

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them. They are very polite people. Going around every match with

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banners saying, they queue for the support. You can see how much it

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:14:35.:14:37.

meant to them. It is a fairy-tale. And you want to say you beat the

:14:37.:14:46.

world champions. As you say, England beat them 2-0. A game

:14:46.:14:51.

England seemed to come to life and started playing how we expected in

:14:51.:14:56.

this tournament. And made Japan look quite ordinary. That is

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something England can take into the next stage of qualifiers. Because

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they did beat the world champions. What will the Tom and have done for

:15:09.:15:13.

the game in this country, attracting more women into the

:15:13.:15:16.

game? Attracting people to watch the women's Super League which

:15:16.:15:23.

resumes next week? We said 2011 would be enormous for women's

:15:23.:15:31.

football. A tournament like this, with it being shown on TV, a great

:15:31.:15:35.

coverage and in the press. Hopefully it will inspire young

:15:35.:15:43.

goals to play and for people to watch. It starts next week, the

:15:43.:15:51.

second part of the WSL. It peaks with a major tournament, and dies

:15:51.:15:59.

away. It is keeping the interest. You can be particularly proud, we

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are now when the top three in the world, it is that close. With a

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little bit more luck. The manager was growing into the tournament as

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well, getting better decisions. So many good performances we can be

:16:14.:16:19.

proud of. A Japanese coach said it was a major plus for him or his

:16:19.:16:27.

players were fit and healthy, he had a full squad to choose from.

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Sometimes you need that fortune as well. You mentioned that was the

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turning point for the Japan team. When they got beaten by England,

:16:37.:16:47.
:16:47.:16:47.

that changed their mentality. How they needed to play against Germany.

:16:47.:16:52.

He had quite a precise idea of where he would bite to finish. That

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shows again how tight this tournament has been. A lot of

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tweets have come in with great praise for Japan. Sid says, what a

:17:03.:17:07.

game to promote women's football. I have to Italy enjoyed the three

:17:07.:17:14.

weeks. So many positive tweets, people enjoying seeing the teams.

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The areas respect for women's football, you can see the technical

:17:17.:17:23.

ability. They deserve that. The England team as well, we can

:17:23.:17:28.

compete on that stage. It makes it a great spectacle. It is now

:17:28.:17:34.

earning the respect it deserves. couple of tweets. If you from

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people you know. Ellen White, aged inspiration and amazing captain for

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England. Lots of others coming in as well. Thank you so much. There

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were times this week you didn't want to come on but we really

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appreciate you being here and Cherie your knowledge of the

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tournament with us. Martin, a pleasure to work with you. Sue,

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hopefully our paths will cross again. Thank you very much. That is

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it, a fabulous Final, Japan the winners. A wonderful three weeks

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for women's football. Just maybe England and Faye White will be

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lifting the trophy in 2015 in Canada. Thank you all for watching

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COMMENTATOR: England are off and running in the World Cup.

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They are through to the quarter- Welcome to the 6th FIFA Women's

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Gabby Logan introduces live coverage of the Fifa Women's World Cup final in Frankfurt. At the last tournament in 2007, Germany held their nerve to beat Brazil 2-0 in the final, with Birgit Prinz and Simone Laudehr netting the goals. Germany and the USA are the most successful countries in World Cup history, with two tournament wins apiece, while Norway are the only other side to have been crowned world champions.

The USA, who last won the tournament in 1999, overcame France in their semi-final clash. Japan, meanwhile, beat Sweden to reach the final for the first time.

Gabby is joined in the studio by Martin Keown and Jo Potter. Commentary from Guy Mowbray and Lucy Ward.


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