Japan Defeats US in Nail Biting Shootout

Have you been paying attention to the Women's World Cup? Hope you have a cardiologist on speed dial, because this entire tournament has been a nerve (and heart) destroyer. Here are some highlights from today's seesaw match between the US and Japan.

The game's first goal didn't come until well after halftime, when the US's Alex Morgan booted one in. Japan echoed shortly thereafter, tying the game 1-1 going into extra time.

Abby Wambach, with her golden cranium of justice and freedom, scored on a header in extra time, only to have Japan's Homare Sawa respond with a beautiful goal of her own. The US was unable to score before the clock expired, sending the game into a shootout.

An ailing Hope Solo wasn't able to stop the Japanese feet, and the women picked to kick for the US couldn't produce (with the exception of Wambach). Japan won the shootout 3-1, and they're the new World Cup Champions.

I don't smoke, but I feel like I need a cigarette.

Japan Defeats US in Nail Biting Shootout

Japan's Homare Sawa places her hand on her chest during the singing of the national anthem. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Japan Defeats US in Nail Biting Shootout

United States goalkeeper Hope Solo listens to the national anthem. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Japan Defeats US in Nail Biting Shootout

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gestures as she shows her support for the US women's team as she leaves a press conference with Greek Foreign Minister Stavros Lambrinidis at the Foreign Ministry in Athens. (AP Photo / Saul Loeb)

Japan Defeats US in Nail Biting Shootout

United States' Alex Morgan scores the opening goal. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Japan Defeats US in Nail Biting Shootout

Alexandria, VA: Anne Waldrop, left, of Paducah, Ky., Sam Penico, center, of Alexandria, Va., and Lauren Rachal, of Arlington, Va., react as they watch television coverage in the first half of the Women's World Cup. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Japan Defeats US in Nail Biting Shootout


United States' Alex Morgan celebrates scoring the opening goal. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Japan Defeats US in Nail Biting Shootout


A young fan of Japan waits prior to the final match. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Japan Defeats US in Nail Biting Shootout


United States' Rachel Buehler, right, and Japan's Nahomi Kawasumi challenge for the ball. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Japan Defeats US in Nail Biting Shootout


Japan's Aya Miyama , center on the pitch, scores her side's first goal past United States goalkeeper Hope Solo. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Japan Defeats US in Nail Biting Shootout


A fan of the US waits prior to the final match. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Japan Defeats US in Nail Biting Shootout

United States' Abby Wambach celebrates scoring her side's second goal. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Japan Defeats US in Nail Biting Shootout


Fans react at Tommy Doyle's pub in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Japan Defeats US in Nail Biting Shootout


The US women's team reacts after the shootout with Japan.

(I feel like a youth tee ball coach when I say this, but I don't think I'm alone in being very proud of them and the way they played for the entire tournament. They did themselves proud, their teammates proud, their country proud, and the sport of soccer proud. If I had a daughter, I'd hope she'd grow up to be as passionate/dedicated to doing the very best she can as the players on the US Women's Soccer Team.) (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Japan Defeats US in Nail Biting Shootout


Japan goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori, right, and Japan's Saki Kumagai hug after their victory. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)