Things have settled down a bit in the final of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup and the slower tempo would seem to favor Japan. However, just like they have done in their previous two knockout stage matches, the USWNT were able to create their best chance of the match against the run of play, with a spectacular hit of the crossbar by Abby Wambach in the 28th minute.
After a fantastic flick into Wambach's path by Lauren Cheney, Wambach ran with the ball down the left flank and set herself up for a shot, taking a rip that easily beat Ayumi Kaihori. However, her shot wouldn't stay down as it rattled the crossbar, making it the 10th shot of the game by the United States that did not hit the back of the net.
Kozue Ando had Japan's best of the chance shortly afterward, as she found herself one-on-one with Hope Solo, but she hit a poor shot that Solo gobbled up easily.
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