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Japan wins women’s World Cup over U.S. on penalty kicks

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Frankfurt, Germany (CNN) — The Japanese women’s soccer team won the World Cup after defeating the United States on penalty kicks Sunday night, rallying from a pair of one-goal deficits to capture its first-ever world title.

Japan had come into the tournament as sentimental favorites, helping rally a nation that had been devastated by a March 11 earthquake and subsequent tsunami and nuclear disaster. For the United States, it was more a disappointment — especially considering that the team twice relinquished leads.

While  the U.S. had the most chances during the run of play, the Japanese  dominated the penalty-kick phase 3-1 to earn the win. The Americans dug  themselves a hole by missing their first three kicks.

“We lost to a great team, we really did,” U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo told ESPN, which broadcast the game. “I truly believe that something bigger was pulling for this team.”

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Posted by on July 17, 2011. Filed under Japan,Recent Headlines. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

One Response to Japan wins women’s World Cup over U.S. on penalty kicks

  1. Zubair Khan

    July 18, 2011 at 10:20 am

    A big boost to the morale of Asians. For a very long time it remained the domain of Europeans and Americans.