Women's World Cup: U.S. vs. Japan: Game tied 1-1 going into extra time
Alex Morgan gave the Americans the lead in the 69th minute on a superb individual goal off a long pass from teammate Megan Rapinoe.
The U.S. then committed a dreadful defensive error in the 81st minute when it failed to clear the ball out of danger, allowing Japanese midfielder Aya Miyama to score from close range.
If the match remains tied after extra time, it will go to penalty kicks.
-- Grahame L. Jones
Photo: U.S. forward Alex Morgan, center, fails to score past Japan goalie Ayumi Kaihori during the second half of Sunday's Women's World Cup final. Morgan later scored the first goal of the match for the U.S. Credit: Martin Meissner / Associated Press