Women's World Cup Final 2011, USA Vs. Japan: Aya Miyama Goal Equalizes Score For Japan

As it stands, it appears that the United States and Japan are headed for extra time in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup final, as Japan have found a second half equalizer through Aya Miyama. After 81 minutes, the score is tied 1-1 and the two teams seem destined for an extra period. USWNT fans won't be happy, but between a bad refereeing decision and the USA's poor defending, the goal was very much deserved.

Shortly before Alex Morgan's goal, Japan had a breakaway incorrectly stopped when the linesperson flagged for offsides. When Morgan scored there seemed to be a small sense of injustice for Japan, but they've equalized, setting up a potentially great finish. The goal came when Rachel Buehler and Ali Krieger both failed to make seemingly manageable clearances, leading to Miyama finding the ball at her feet for a tap-in. 

For live updates throughout the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Final, keep it on our World Cup Final StoryStream. Also taking place right now are the Copa America quarterfinals, so head over to our Brazil vs. Paraguay StoryStream for updates on that. For all kinds of coverage on world football, check out SB Nation Soccer.

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