Japan Tops USA in 2011 Women's World Cup Final

Posted Sunday July 17, 2011 5:33 PM GMT

Doing the unthinkable, Japan took down the United States at the FIFA Women's Football World Cup final match in Frankfurt, Germany on Sunday (July 17).

The Japanese team clinched the victory in a shootout during which 20-year-old defender Saki Kumagai put her team up by an unreachable total of 3-1 after the teams finished regulation and extra time deadlocked at 2-2.

With Japan countering each goal by the U.S., Homare Sawa notched a pressure-intense mark at the end of extra time to match Abby Wambach's header at 103 minutes in extra time - making for her third such goal in the last three games.

With dignitaries and high-profile onlookers including Chelsea Clinton watching on from the stands, Alex Morgan led off the scoring in the 68th minute.

Not letting the American fans celebrate for too long, Japan answered quickly with a turnover-sprung goal being notched at the 80 minute mark by Aya Miyama.

Surely heartbroken over the outcome, the runner-up U.S. team's members include defender Alex Krieger, striker Lauren Cheney, striker Abby Wambach, goalkeeper Hope Solo, midfielder Carli Lloyd, defender Rachel Buehler, midfielder Heather O Reilly, defender Amy Le Peilbet, defender Christie Rampone, midfielder Shannon Boxx and midfielder Megan Rapinoe.

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