It was a bout of devastation for the Japanese fans – and the country’s women’s soccer team – as Japan fell to the USA 5-2.
American Carli Lloyd led her team to victory, scoring three of the five goals that helped the team snag the win. Lloyd’s first two goals were the fastest scored in Women’s World Cup history; both of them happening within the first six minutes of the match.
Other contributors for the USA included Lauren Holiday and Tobin Heath.
Yuki Ogimi had the only goal for the Japanese women, and Japan only went up a goal after American Julie Johnston put the ball into her own net.
The last time the US Women’s Soccer Team won a World Cup Final was 1999.
An audience of over 53,000 filled up the seats to watch it all unfold at BC Place Stadium.
Fans also watched the game at Jack Poole Plaza – cheering on their team of choice.
Soccer fans on either end watched with anticipation – American fans hoping their team would hold onto the lead.
Fans for Japan wishing for a miracle – this one incredibly hopeful.
“Well, of course, I’m proud of them…but…my heart is…Japan…USA’s too strong.”
“The atmosphere out here…people here…the torches are lit, so it’s, yeah, it’s a really good atmosphere.”
Even though there is a lot of smog in the air because of the forest fires burning in the province, visitors didn’t seem to notice.
“This is our first time to Vancouver and it’s just beautiful…and far warmer than we expected…yeah.”
The US’s all-time record against Japan now sits at 25-1-16.