japan wins world cup

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Japan has won the Women’s World Cup after an epic final game against the USA.The United States led 2-1 in extra time after a header by Abby Wambach put them ahead, but Japan’s Homare Sawa scored a miracle tying goal in the 116th minute, before her team went on to win in a penalty kick shooutout.

The American women missed three out of four penalty kicks, two of which were saved by Japanese goalie Ayumi Kalhori.

The US also led 1-0 in regulation, before Aya Miyama tied the game in the 80th minute, forcing extra time.

It was a disappointing finish for the top-ranked Americans, who pulled off a similar comeback against Brazil in the quarterfinal, and had never lost to the Japanese in an international match.

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