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Alex Morgan snatched a second-half equalizer to deny women’s world champion Japan another ego-boosting win over the United States in a 1-1 draw in the opening game of the three-nation Kirin Challenge Cup exhibition tournament on Sunday.

Defender Yukari Kinga prodded Japan into a first-half lead on a bitterly cold night in Sendai, but Morgan struck 18 minutes from time to secure the Olympic champion a share of the spoils.

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