TOKYO, Japan – The United States defeated defending champion Germany 1-0 in front of 31,114 fans to capture the 2012 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup on Saturday.
The match marked the first time ever that the USA and Germany – two long time women’s soccer powers – had met in the final of a world championship tournament.
Forward Kealia Ohai scored in the 44th minute to end Germany’s record shutout streak and it held up as the game-winner that earned the Americans their third World Cup crown in this tournament’s history. The U.S. won the first-ever FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup Final against Canada in 2002 and captured the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup against Korea DPR.
That goal put an end to Germany’s record shutout streak at 610 minutes and it was the first and only goal Germany conceded during the tournament. The victory also reversed a 3-0 loss to Germany that the USA suffered in the final match of group play and completed a trifecta of victories over group winners in all of the knockout round games.
The USA defeated Group C winner Korea DPR in the quarterfinal, Group B winner Nigeria in the semifinal and Group C champs Germany in the final.
Article courtesy of U.S. Soccer