17 Jul '11, 10pm

Football: Japan beat USA on penalties to win World Cup

Football: Japan beat USA on penalties to win World Cup

FRANKFURT, Germany: Japan twice came from behind to win the women's World Cup for the first time on Sunday, beating the United States 3-1 on a penalty shoot-out after the final had finished 2-2 in extra-time. 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 US 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 defender Azusa Iwashimizu sent off in the 121st minute for a foul on US striker Alex Morgan. In the dramatic shoot-out, Japan goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori saved two penalties before defender Saki Kumagai hit the winning spot-kick. The US had taken the lead in the second-half of normal time thanks to striker Alex Morgan's sublime strike, but Japan's Aya Miyama poached the equaliser after a mix-up in the A...

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