The United States is in the Women’s World Cup final for the first time since it last won the title in 1999. Once again Abby Wambach came up big for the Americans, scoring the go-ahead goal on a header in the 79th minute in a 3-1 victory over France. The American team will face Japan in Sunday’s title match.
Wambach broke a tense tie off Lauren Cheney’s corner kick.
It was Wambach’s third goal of the tournament and 12th of her career, tying her with fellow American Michelle Akers for third on the all-time World Cup scoring list.
Cheney and Alex Morgan also scored for the U.S.
The Japanese advanced with a 3-1 win over Sweden as Homare Sawa made up for a huge error by scoring the go-ahead goal.
This will be the first World Cup final for Japan.
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