Japan graciously wins the 2011 World Cup in Germany.Japan graciously wins the 2011 World Cup in Germany.

words // Nick Engvall

After the tsunami that left thousands of people homeless and the entire country of Japan with one of the worst natural disasters ever to deal with, they finally have something to boost their spirits and celebrate. The Japanese women’s national team defeated the United States in the 2011 World Cup Sunday in Germany.

The match began with Team USA attacking, looking refreshed and relentless. However, after what seemed like at least a dozen missed opportunities, some seeming like impossible misses, the USA and Japan remained tied 0-0 at half time. Despite the US getting on the scoreboard first, Japan answered back, twice. After the match headed to extra time and still tied at 2-2, the USA seemed to have the advantage going into the penalty kicks that would decide this year’s World Cup. However, Japan came out victorious, leaving the USWNT shocked and defeated as they watched the Japanese team graciously walk the pitch carrying a sign thanking the world for their support.

Check out some of the images in the latest Soccer Watch below courtesy of Yahoo.

Soccer Watch: A look at the boots being worn in the World Cup.

Ayumi Kaihori celebrates stopping a penalty kick in adidas soccer equipment.Ayumi Kaihori celebrates stopping a penalty kick in adidas soccer equipment.

Abby Wambach wearing Nike soccer cleats.Abby Wambach wearing Nike soccer cleats.

Alex Morgan celebrates a goal wearing Nike soccer cleats.Alex Morgan celebrates a goal wearing Nike soccer cleats.

Lauren Cheney wearing Under Armour soccer cleats, defended by Homare Sawa in the adidas adiPower Predator.Lauren Cheney wearing Under Armour soccer cleats, defended by Homare Sawa in the adidas adiPower Predator.

Hope Solo wearing customized Nike soccer gloves.Hope Solo wearing customized Nike soccer gloves.