History was made in 120 minutes today, as the mighty German women's national team was eliminated from the World Cup by unfancied Japan. And this is the woman that did it;Karina Maruyama, six-year veteran striker, Boston and Japan, 28 years old...and a young woman who may never again stand where she does now, having felled the German oak in the second overtime period with a clinical strike that sliced into the far side of the net.
Incredible. Stunning. Germany, the mighty Germany, has fallen.
History is made by the most unlikely people. Maruyama-san is one of those.