The Women’s World Cup final was a superb game, but after dominating most of the play and narrowly missing a lot of goals, the U.S. lost to Japan on penalty kicks. It was a heartbreaker for the American women, but they’re happy in Japan this morning. This is not only the first time that the Japanese national team has defeated the U.S. (out of 25 games!), but it’s also their first World Cup. Congrats to them!
I still think—contrary to every other football fan on this website—that any World Cup final should be more than one game. No world championship should have to be decided on ten kicks. Regardless, though, this was a thrilling match, and I hope it enhances women’s football on the world stage.