USA beats Japan to win Women’s World Cup

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

35-year-old Abby Wambach holds up the American flag after winning the World Cup. The two-time Olympic gold medalist was named the 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year, and has played for the USA’s women’s national soccer team since 2001.

The USA has defeated Japan for its first Women’s World Cup championship since 1999, in a blowout 5-2 victory. The epic match took place in the BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia, where the crowd went wild as Carli Lloyd set the field on fire yet again.

After scoring the winning goals against China in the quarterfinals and Germany in the semifinals, Lloyd scored 3 times in the first 16 minutes, pulling off the earliest hat trick in Women’s World Cup history. The last shot she made literally soared over half the field before zipping past Japan’s goalie Ayumi Kalhori.

Japan’s defending champions tried their very best to bounce back and flip the script, but the USA didn’t let them get very far.

The game was also the highest-rated and most-watched soccer match ever in the USA, peaking at 30.9 million viewers at one point.

Images courtesy of U.S. Soccer Facebook.