USA Vs. Japan, 2011 Women's World Cup Final: Game Headed To Extra Time After 1-1 Draw In Normal Time

The United States and Japan are headed to extra time in the final of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup after an absolutely spectacular first 90 minutes. Both teams scored in the second half, with the USA scoring first and Japan answering, forcing the extra 30 minute period. Alex Morgan looked like she was going to be the hero when she scored a great goal, assisted by Megan Rapinoe in the 69th minute, but Aya Miyama answered in the 81st minute after some poor defending by Rachel Buehler granted her an easy goal.

Extra time is 30 minutes long and there will be no golden goal. A complete description of the extra time and penalty kick rules can be found here. Both teams will likely want to avoid penalty kicks, though probably more so Japan. Ayumi Kaihori is a great goalkeeper, but Hope Solo is the absolute best of the best in the world on penalty kicks, so the United States should have an advantage if it gets that far.

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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