Japan are FIFA Women's World Cup champions for the first time, edging out USA in a penalty shootout match in Frankfurt, Germany.
It will be USA and Japan in the FIFA Women's World Cup finals.
The semifinal matches were exciting, but they were definitely not the nail-biting cliffhangers of quarterfinal play.
The US slid by France, 3-1. France outplayed the US for most of the game, but when it came to knocking the ball into the net, the US was simply more accurate.
As far as Japan verses Sweden, well, Japan won 3-1. Both teams played hard, but Japan seemed to have more heart.
The final match of the World Cup will be Sunday at 1:45 (EST).
Here's an update on how the quarterfinals of the Women's World Cup played out.
France nipped England in overtime in the penalty shootout. At the end of regular playing time, the score was tied 1-1. It remained scoreless at the end of extra time, but during the penalty kicks, France won out, (3-4).
Japan upset Germany, 1-0 after the game went into extra time, as well. Japan grabbed the win though before the penalty shootout phase.
Sweden breezed by Australia, 3-0, but it was Brazil vs. USA that was the most exciting match during quarterfinal play.
The USA scored in the first 74 seconds after a corner kick, which deflected off a Brazil player and went into their own goal.
It was tied until Rachel Buehler from the US received a red card in the second half for a foul she supposedly made in front of the goal, giving Brazil a penalty shot, which Hope Solo deflected. The referee then made a terrible call and said Solo left the line before the kick, which she hadn't. Solo received a yellow card for her protest of the call. This gave Brazil another shot at the penalty kick, which Solo was unable to deflect a second time.
With the score tied at 1-1, the USA team was down to 10 players, and still they held the Brazilians back.
The game was forced into over time, and Brazil quickly scored a point. The score was 2-1 until 122 minutes into the match. Seconds before the final whistle blew, on a set-up from Megan Rapinoe, Amy Wombach headed the ball into the net, bringing the score to 2-2.
In the penalty shoutout phase, the USA was 5-5, and Solo managed to deflect one of Brazil's attempts.
The game was very excited indeed.
The semifinals start Wednesday with Japan facing off against Sweden and the US battling France.
We are in the quarter finals of the FIFA Women's World Cup. Here's a breakdown of the match-ups.
Germany topped Group A, England narrowly topped Group B, and Sweden topped Group C.
Matches begin Saturday and carry on through Sunday.
In the next phase of the Women's World Cup, France plays Germany, Canada plats Nigeria, England plays Japan and New Zealand plays Mexico on July 5.
On July 6, USA plays Sweden, Colombia plays North Korea, Equatorial Guinea plays Brazil, and Australia plays Norway.
Here are the latest standings.
Germany (2-0-0) +6
Canada (0-2-0) +0
France (2-0-0) +6
Nigeria (0-2-0) +0
Japan (2-0-0) +6
New Zealand (0-2-0) +0
Mexico (0-1-1) +1
England (1-0-1) +3
Colombia (0-2-0) +0
Sweden (2-0-0) +6
USA (2-0-0) +6
Korea DPR (0+2+0) +0
Brazil (2-0-0) +6
Australia (1-1-0) +3
Norway (1-1-0) +3
Equatorial Guinea (0-2-0) +0
USA beat North Korea, 2-0 to wrap up Round 1 for Group C.
Here are the updated standings:
Group A: (TEAM - WLT RECORD - POINT COUNT)
Wimbledon is also happening. The quarterfinals are in progress.
Round One for Group A and B is over.
Group A: (TEAM - WLT RECORD - POINT COUNT)
Group B:(TEAM - WLT RECORD - POINT COUNT)
Round One for Group C is nearly finished. Sweden beat Colombia, 1-0) and USA is playing North Korea right now.
Colombia (0-1-0) +0
Sweden (1-0-0) +3
Korea DPR (0+0+0)
Round One for Group D begins Wednesday when Brazil plays Australia and Norway plays Equatorial Guinea.
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With the exception of the Phils, Thunder and the Mooseville High Bees, professional and amateur sports' teams are not top priorities for Mooseville citizens, but health and fitness-related topics are. Here you'll find a range of rants and comments on all things athletic.
Charlie Hustle joined the Mooseville Journal Record writing staff this past June after an extensive amateur career in softball, basketball, fútbol, football, tennis, golf, swimming, bowling, billiards, archery, ping pong, and Chinese checkers. Currently, Hustle is studying a variety of martial arts forms including: Taekwondo, Jeet Kun Do, Silat, and American, Thai, and Filipino-style boxing.