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Japan beat USA on penalties to win World Cup  August 27, 2013 – 15:27

Japan are the 2011 Women's World Cup Champions!

Japan are the 2011 Women's World Cup Champions!

Japan won Their first ever FIFA Women's World Cup Final by defeating the United States 3-1 in a penalty shoot-out.

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Japan twice came from behind to win the Women's World Cup for the first time beating the United States 3-1 on a penalty shoot-out after the final had finished 2-2 in extra-time.

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Japan captain Homare Sawa,who won the tournament's golden boot,kept her side in the game with a header in the 117th minute after U.S. striker Abby Wambach's had put her side ahead early in extra-time after the two sides were locked at 1-1 over 90 minutes.

The Japanese had to defend Azusa Iwashimizu sent off in the 121st minute for a foul on U.S. striker Alex Morgan.

In the dramatic shoot-out,Japan goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori saved two penalties before defending Saki Kumagai hit the winning spot-kick.

The U.S. had taken the lead in the second-half of regular time thanks to striker Alex Morgan's sublime strike,but Japan's Aya Miyama poached the equalizer after a mix-up in the American defense in the 81st minute.

This was Japan's first win over the Americans at the 26th time of trying and was heartbreak for the Stars and Stripes Peak Gust missed out on a third World Cup title DESPITE dominating Japan for large periods of the game.WWC-USA-JAP

The USA controlled the opening 20 minutes of the final as left-wing Megan Rapinhoe and forward Lauren Cheney,who REPLACED striker Amy Rodriguez in the starting team,Caused havoc,while Wambach hit the crossbar on 28 minutes.

Real Japan's first chance came with 30 minutes gone but midfielder Kozue Ando fired her shot straight at U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo.

The first-half finished goalless,but Cheney,with a heavily strapped ankle,was REPLACED at half-time by goal-scorer Morgan.

The USA kept up the pressure and Kaihori palmed Wambach's header over the bar on 64 minutes.

The Americans' pressure finally Told When Rapinhoe's long-range pass - which was half the length of the pitch - found Morgan who blasted her shot across Kaihori on 69 minutes.

Japan were gifted the equalizer on 81 minutes When U.S. defenders Rachel Buehler and Krieger scrambled to clear the ball in Their Own goalmouth,but left-wing Miyama Reacted fastest and stabbed the ball home.

In extra-time,Wambach headed the U.S. back into the lead in the 104th minute.

But Sawa equalized from a corner in the 117th minute with her fifth goal of the tournament to take the game to penalties.

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Source: futbol.univision.com

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