Team USA set to gain revenge for heartache of four years ago
The USA Women’s football – or should that be soccer – team has waited four years for a chance of revenge against Japan.
Losers of a penalty shoot-out against the Nadeshiko in the World Cup Final in Germany in 2011, Team USA probably had only themselves to blame after leading with just nine minutes of normal time remaining and again in extra-time. But they’ve harboured a grudge ever since and that has certainly spurred them on this year.
We have Jill Ellis’ team at 8/11 to win in 90 minutes in Vancouver this Sunday and end that four years of hurt. They certainly appear to have plenty in their favour after a 2-0 defeat of Germany in the semi-finals. It was a tale of two penalties with the Americans converting their own spot-kick before the current world number one side missed from 12 yards.
Japan have had a day less to recover since their dramatic semi-final win over England and that could be a major factor. Norio Sasaki’s side were under the cosh at times in the second half against the Lionesses and struggled to get veteran midfielder key midfielder and record goalscorer Homare Sawa on the ball. Sawa is now 36 so will be feeling the effects of a long tournament more than most and Japan will need captain Aya Miyama to lead the way if they are to match the USA in midfield.
Japan are in a third major final in a row but so are the Americans and the reigning champions might come up short this time with the USA apparently finding their best form at just the right time. The USA are 4/1 to win by two goals in our Winning Margins market.
The match kicks off at 12.00am on Sunday, July 6th at the BC Place Stadium, Vancouver