Women's World Cup Final 2011 LIVE UPDATES: USA vs. Japan
The USA women's soccer team takes on Japan on Sunday in the Women's World Cup final. The game will begin at 2:45 p.m ET on ESPN.
In the quarterfinals against Brazil, the U.S. came back in the 122nd minute after Abby Wambach scored on an incredible header to tie the match at two. They went on to win in a penalty shootout and then dominated France 3-1 in the semifinals.
Despite getting shut out by England in the group stage, Japan managed to crush Germany and then take down Sweden in the semifinals.
Will USA win a record third World Cup? Or will Japan shock the world and pull off the miraculous upset? Follow our Women's World Cup final live blog for updates!
JAPAN WINS THE 2011 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP!!!
Wambach scores to cut the lead to 2-1. If Japan scores, they win the World Cup!
Sakaguchi puts Japan up 2-0 in penalty kicks.
Japan goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori makes ANOTHER SAVE.
Hope Solo makes a CRUCIAL SAVE! Still 1-0 Japan.
Carli Lloyd misses her shot!!!
Miyama easily scores on Hope Solo. 1-0 Japan
Japan goalkeeper saves Shannon Boxx's shot.
Penalty kicks coming up!
Japan blocks the free kick. Goal kick for Japan
Red card issued to Japan's Azusa Iwashimizu. First red card ever in the Women's World Cup Final. USA Free Kick
Wambach gets the ball right in front of the net but kicks it over the goal. So close!
JAPAN TIES IT AGAIN. This time coming off a corner kick! 2-2. THree minutes left until penalty kicks.
The U.S. defense fails to clear it again and gives Japan a couple more chances to tie the game. But Japan can't capitalize once again and U.S. finally clears it.
Japan gets an opportunity to tie the game after some shaky defense by the U.S., but they can't capitalize. Still 2-1 USA
We have entered the second half of extra time. If Japan ties it, we will move on to penalty kicks.
Wambach has done it again! The U.S. star scores on a beautiful header!! Great pass from Alex Morgan. 2-1 USA.
O'Reilly tried to cross it to Abby Wambach, but the ball floated too high and went out of bounds. Goal kick for Japan.
The ref gave Aya Miyama a yellow card for dissent.
Alex Morgan gets another shot on goal, but the ball goes wide left. Goal kick for Japan in the 95th minute.
Wambach tried another header but the Japanese goalkeeper makes the save again.
Here comes 30 minutes of extra time.
O'Reilly gets a scoring opportunity but kicks it over the goal. Japan goal kick.
2 Minutes of extra time have been added. U.S. getting plenty of good looks in the final minutes but they just can't convert.
Japan gets a shot off but the ball goes wide left.
Hope Solo clears the ball. Looks like we're going to get an extra 30 minutes.
USA corner kick gets batted away by Japan. U.S. controlling the time of possession.
U.S. is threatening and playing more aggressive. Free kick by midfield for USA.
Aya Miyama somehow gets the ball right in front of the net and easily scores. Two U.S. defenders failed to clear the ball and turned the ball over in front of the goal!!! 1-1
It looked like the U.S. was going to make another good run, but Rapnioe was called for offside.