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Japan Wins Women’s Soccer World Cup (18th July, 2011)

Japan beat the USA 3-1 on penalties to win the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The score was 1-1 after normal time. USA striker Alex Morgan scored the opening goal after 69 minutes. Japan equalized twelve minutes later when Aya Miyama coolly put the ball in the back of the net. Abby Wambach put the USA ahead again in the 104th minute, but Japan kept fighting and Homare Sawa brought the two teams level three minutes before the final whistle. The game went into penalties. Japan’s goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori saved two US kicks. Japan’s Ski Kumagai then scored the winning penalty.

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Almost 50,000 spectators watched the Final in Frankfurt, Germany. It was the 26th meeting between the two teams and Japan had never beaten the USA. Before the game, Japan’s players said they wanted to win the World Cup for the victims of the deadly March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Japan captain Sawa said: "We fought until the very end." USA coach Pia Sundhage congratulated Japan and said they showed great spirit. “They are comfortable with the ball even when they are behind, and that kind of thing is good for women's football," she said.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.
Paragraph 1


1.

Japan beat the USA 3-1

a.

teams level

2

The score was 1-1 after

b.

after 69 minutes

3.

Morgan scored the opening goal

c.

normal time

4.

Miyama coolly put the ball in

d.

into penalties

5.

Homare Sawa brought the two

e.

the back of the net

6.

The game went

f.

on penalties

Paragraph 2


1.

Almost 50,000 spectators

a.

March 11 earthquake

2

Japan had never

b.

watched the Final

3.

victims of the deadly

c.

with the ball

4.

We fought until

d.

beaten the USA

5.

they showed great

e.

the very end

6.

They are comfortable

f.

spirit


LISTENING GAP FILL


Japan beat the USA 3-1 _____________________ the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The score was 1-1 ___________________. USA striker Alex Morgan scored the opening goal after 69 minutes. Japan equalized twelve minutes later when Aya Miyama coolly put the ball in ___________________. Abby Wambach put the USA ahead again in the 104th minute, but Japan kept fighting and Homare Sawa brought _____________________ three minutes before the final whistle. _____________________ penalties. Japan’s goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori saved two US kicks. Japan’s Ski Kumagai _____________________ penalty.
Almost 50,000 _____________________ Final in Frankfurt, Germany. It was the 26th meeting between the two teams and Japan _____________________ USA. Before the game, Japan’s players said they wanted to win the World Cup ____________________ the deadly March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Japan captain Sawa said: "We ____________________ end." USA coach Pia Sundhage congratulated Japan and said they _____________________. “They are comfortable with the ball even when they are behind, and _____________________ is good for women's football," she said.


MULTIPLE CHOICE


Japan beat the USA 3-1 (1) ____ penalties to win the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The score was 1-1 after (2) ____ time. USA striker Alex Morgan scored the opening goal after 69 minutes. Japan (3) ____ twelve minutes later when Aya Miyama coolly put the ball in the back of the net. Abby Wambach put the USA ahead again in the 104th minute, but Japan (4) ____ fighting and Homare Sawa brought the two teams level three minutes before the final (5) ____. The game went into penalties. Japan’s goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori saved two US kicks. Japan’s Ski Kumagai (6) ____ scored the winning penalty.
Almost 50,000 spectators watched the Final in Frankfurt, Germany. It was the 26th (7) ____ between the two teams and Japan had never (8) ____ the USA. Before the game, Japan’s players said they wanted to win the World Cup (9) ____ the victims of the deadly March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Japan captain Sawa said: "We fought until the (10) ____ end." USA coach Pia Sundhage congratulated Japan and said they showed (11) ____ spirit. “They are comfortable with the ball even when they are behind, and that  (12) ____ of thing is good for women's football," she said.
Put the correct words from this table into the article.


1.

(a)

in

(b)

of

(c)

on

2.

(a)

normal

(b)

average

(c)

usually

3.

(a)

equaled

(b)

equalized

(c)

equality

4.

(a)

gave

(b)

kept

(c)

did

5.

(a)

whistle

(b)

blow

(c)

drum

6.

(a)

after

(b)

so

(c)

then

7.

(a)

meeting

(b)

get-together

(c)

gathering

8.

(a)

beat

(b)

beating

(c)

beaten

9.

(a)

for

(b)

to

(c)

from

10.

(a)

last

(b)

very

(c)

quite

11.

(a)

greet

(b)

great

(c)

grate

12

(a)

gentle

(b)

care

(c)

kind


SPELLING


Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.


Paragraph 1

1.

3-1 on asenepilt

2.

after loramn time

3.

scored the innpoeg goal

4.

Japan kept hifgigtn

5.

the final eshwlit

6.

the iinnwng penalty

 

Paragraph 2

7.

50,000 csetosratp watched the Final

8.

the 26th geteimn

9.

imvstci of the deadly March 11 earthquake

10.

We fohgtu until the very end

11.

they showed great siirtp

12.

even when they are hndieb


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER


Number these lines in the correct order.


(    )

two US kicks. Japan’s Ski Kumagai then scored the winning penalty.

(    )

the final whistle. The game went into penalties. Japan’s goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori saved

(    )

meeting between the two teams and Japan had never beaten the USA. Before the game, Japan’s players said they wanted

(    )

are behind, and that kind of thing is good for women's football," she said.

(    )

time. USA striker Alex Morgan scored the opening goal after 69 minutes. Japan equalized twelve minutes later when Aya Miyama coolly

(    )

minute, but Japan kept fighting and Homare Sawa brought the two teams level three minutes before

(    )

Almost 50,000 spectators watched the Final in Frankfurt, Germany. It was the 26th

1  )

Japan beat the USA 3-1 on penalties to win the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The score was 1-1 after normal

(    )

put the ball in the back of the net. Abby Wambach put the USA ahead again in the 104th

(    )

Japan and said they showed great spirit. “They are comfortable with the ball even when they

(    )

captain Sawa said: "We fought until the very end." USA coach Pia Sundhage congratulated

(    )

to win the World Cup for the victims of the deadly March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Japan


WORD JUMBLE


With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.


1.

1     the     -     penalties     beat     3     on     Japan     USA.     

2.

1     after     was     1     time     score     -     normal     The.    

3.

scored     after     Morgan     goal     opening     minutes     the     69.    

4.

the     back     of     the     net     Coolly     put     the     ball     in.    

5.

then     the     penalty     Kumagai     scored     winning.    

6.

the     ,     Final     000     spectators     Almost     watched     50.    

7.

between     meeting     26th     The     teams     two     the.    

8.

the     earthquake     of     11     victims     March     The     deadly.    

9.

end     We     until     very     fought     the.    

10.

with     ball     They     comfortable     the     are.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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WRITING


Write about soccer for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.
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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
2. SOCCER: Search the Internet and find more information about soccer. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about soccer. Include imaginary interviews with the Japanese players. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
4. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
5. LETTER: Write a letter to the Japan captain. Ask her three questions about the World Cup Final. Give her three of your opinions on women’s soccer. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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