Women's World Cup Final 2011, USA Vs. Japan: Abby Wambach Goal Puts USWNT Ahead In Extra Time

At halftime in extra time, the USA women's soccer team are just 15 minutes away from hoisting the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. Thanks to a great setup by Alex Morgan and a headed goal by Abby Wambach, who has put the United States ahead 2-1 in the World Cup final.

The first period of extra time was a bit of a cagey affair, with both teams looking a little less ambitious than they did during the 90 minutes of regular time, and understandably so. Still, it was the United States who had the best of the play throughout the 15 minutes, creating what few chances there were. Just a couple of minutes before the whistle was going to blow to end the period, Wambach struck, giving her team the lead.

In the 104th minute, Morgan got herself free at the endline on the left hand side of the penalty area, hitting a cross towards the penalty spot. Wambach got inbetween two defenders and created a wide open shot for herself and made the most of it, nodding the ball into the back of the net with ease.

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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