August 22, 2019

Japan defeat USA on penalties to win Women’s Football World Cup

Kumagai slots home the winning penalty kick past USA keeper Hope Solo - the sister of Han.

Japan beat USA 3-1 on penalties to become the first Asian nation to win the Fifa Women’s World Cup.

Defender Saki Kumagai, 20, scored the winning penalty after Ayumi Kaihori saved two of USA’s three spot-kicks.

Alex Morgan opened the scoring with a low strike before Aya Miyama poked in the equaliser late in normal time.

Abby Wambach headed USA ahead in extra-time but Homare Sawa ensured a thrilling finale with a spectacular flicked effort from at the near post.