USA Women Beat Japan 5-2 To Lift Trophy

One can’t help but wonder, specifically England women fans, that if the England V Japan game had ventured into extra time whether or not it would have been England in the final playing against the USA, and whether or not England would have given the USA a more closely matched game. But that is all by the by now, the final played out last night in Canada was between the USA and Japan, and what a match!

Goals, Goals and more Goals

The Betting
There were various angles to make a profit out of this match, many will have backed the USA to win in 90 minutes. There was also good value to be had backing over 6.5 goals when there had already been 3 goals, those sensing a goal fest will have also done well. No penalties, red cards and a low corner count may have gone in the bookies favor.

Within the first 15 minutes of the game the USA were 2-0 up and that wasn’t the end of the first half goals, there were another 3! the USA scored another 2 with Japan also scoring making the first half score 4-1. Now, in a match of such importance and with there having been so many goals in the first half giving one team a clear advantage, it is more than likely, usually, that the second half will peter out with the USA dropping back to frustrate the Japanese, but this was not the case and both teams came out into the second half as goal hungry as they were in the first half. Japan scored first in the second half closing the deficit down to two goals but this was very swiftly canceled out by yet a further USA goal putting the score line at 5-2. It finished 5-2 and the USA lifted the trophy after getting the job done, very confidently, in 90 minutes.

The battle to reach the World Cup final

The Japanese were clearly no match for the USA who reached the final beating Germany, the worlds number 1 side, 2-0 in the semi final. Japan’s route to the final saw them struggle to get over the line against as very determined Australia women’s team, only managing to score a single goal very late into the second half putting them through to play England. As any England fan will be aware, the Japan game saw the Japanese players come under immense pressure from England and the Japs only managed to defeat England courtesy of the very unfortunate, heartbreaking, Laura Basset own goal. England were out of the world cup – but managed to beat Germany in the third place play off securing a Bronze medal, a very fitting end that healed some of the heartbreak felt after the previous game.

England would have certainly put on a better display than the Japanese in the Canadian women’s world cup final, but there is nothing that can takeaway from the USA’s very successful tournament, and if England couldn’t win, despite the team having more belief than any England squad has had in a world cup tournament since 1966, the USA were very deserved of their win. The USA women’s side have now won the women’s world cup 3 times! 1990, 1999 and now 2015.

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This Canada women’s world cup has been an incredibly exciting, interesting, vibrant and emotional tournament. With all of the joy and sadness experienced by every competitor and their respective fans, one thing that has become even more clearer – there can only ever be one winner and football, while very entertaining for people to watch, can be a cruel game. We brush ourselves off, though, and wait with glee over future tournaments with deep desire that one day an English men or women’s team will once more lift one of the most prized sporting trophies in the world.

Well done to Canada for putting on a great world cup.

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