17 Jul '11, 10pm

Japan beats USA to lift World Cup after dramatic shootout.

Japan beats USA to lift World Cup after dramatic shootout.

Japan's players celebrate with the trophy after the FIFA Women's Football World Cup final match Japan vs USA on July 17, 2011 in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany. -- PHOTO: AFP 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-k...

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