Political and sporting leaders took to social media to express their thoughts on Sunday's women's World Cup final between the United States and Japan in Vancouver.
The Americans won the match 5-2 to clinch the title for the first time, with Carli Lloyd scoring three of her team's goals.
"Japan's Nadeshiko were runner's up for Women's World Cup. They went to the final two consecutive times and they united to play hard till the end. They gave courage to the Japanese people." - Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
"They always provide a dream. The fact that they got to the final shows how strong they are. We (the men) must learn from them." - Japanese striker Shinji Okazaki.